Auberge des Templiers, Les Bezards, France


At the crossroads of Sologne, Gâtinais and Val de Loire, in an ancient posting house, with a thatched roof and half timberings all covered with virgin vines, Françoise Dépée is ready there to open doors wide to welcome us inside the hostel of the Templiers. Let's start with a mille-feuilles of liver with stewed apples, or an onion and parsley sauce with virgin oil followed by a Gâtinais chicken, all terra-cotta crusted, to finish with a crispy-crunchy pineapple covered with glazed coconut. Very near the Loire, with its pinky sand and its thousand castles, we will find the quite renowned museum of the crockery of Gien, as well as a museum of hunting and shooting in this region where, as soon as Autumn peeps in, the hunters close up and crowd hurriedly.