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The Mill is situated between the two villages of Cherves Richemont and Mesnac. There is very little to do or see in Mesnac, but Cherves boasts a small supermarket, pharmacy, tabac, restaurant (lunch only), pizza takeaway, surgery and even a hairdresser! It is just a short drive up the hill or alternatively you could walk (approximately 30 minutes’ stroll). 

For a larger selection of shops, bars and restaurants including the big supermarkets, you can head to Cognac which is just a ten-minute drive. The main supermarkets are all signposted as you drive into town – Auchan, Intermarché, E.Leclerc and Grand Frais as well as Aldi and LIDL. Intermarché and Auchan are both open on Sunday mornings (but everything else is closed). Cognac also boasts a great market (Marché Couvert) which is open every morning (08h00 – 13h00), except Mondays, and is well worth a visit.


Please find below some of our top recommendations for bars, restaurants and activities in and around Cognac. This is just a small selection of some of our favourites, we recommend checking out the Cognac Tourist Information website ( for more ideas and we are always happy to give further recommendations and help with any bookings once you are here.

Things To Do...


  • Le Coq d’Or ( – a great French brasserie located in the central square of nearby Cognac.

  • La Scala ( – a lovely Italian restaurant which does fabulous fresh pizzas and homemade pasta and is located right on the river.

  • Baan Thai ( – fabulous Thai food in this small and cosy restaurant with gorgeous hidden garden. They also have a takeaway shop just up the road.

  • Comptoir 17 ( - Cute, modern little brasserie near the covered market in the centre of town.

  • La Belle Epoque Restaurant ( – a lovely little restaurant with fantastic, fresh and local food and a gorgeous courtyard festooned with fairy lights.

  • Le Tire Bouchon - restaurant in our nearby village of Cherves Richemont offering great French food as a set menu each day and is a true French experience that we recommend to all our guests. 

  • Cabana Pizz ( - great little pizza takeway also in our village, delicious homemade bases and lots of great topping options. 



  • Indigo by Martell ( - a fabulous rooftop bar on top of the Martell Cognac distilllery which serves delicious cocktails, tapas and amazing views across Cognac. Note, only open in the summer.

  • Le Lys at Chateau de Cognac ( - another great Cognac house hosted cocktail bar, this time in the remparts of the Chateau de Cognac and right on the river. Note, only open in the summer.

  • Bar Luciole ( - A fun little bar by the river serving great cocktails and with lovely staff. They also host music nights which are worth a visit.

  • Le Pont Qui Bouge ( - a great little bar that opens in the summer on the Cognac riverbanks serving simple food and drinks in a relaxed, rustic atmosphere.

  • Bar Louise ( - part of the Hotel Francois Premier in the centre of town, a cute little bar with an impressive selection of Cognacs and vast cocktail list.



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