Population: approximately 3000
Distance from Uzès: 5km
Market day: Friday
Literally 10 minutes from Uzès is the lovely town of St Quentin La Poterie which has been synonymous with pottery artisans since the 14th century and enjoys an excellent reputation in the world of ceramic pottery. Many of the potters openly welcome you at their workshops or ateliers situated in the winding streets. Pottery lessons are also available for both children and adults and enquiries can be made at the tourism office.
There is also a museum of ceramics in an old olive mill with both permanent and featured exhibitions from Wednesdays to Sundays. Best to check: www.musee-poterie-mediterranee.com as times and days can alter seasonally.
Architecturally, St Quentin is very different from Uzès and has many houses with coloured render and individual artistic styles as there do not appear to be the same restrictions as is the case in the historic centre of Uzès.
A lively Friday market is under cover with parking available although can be difficult during summer. The tourist office is nearby along with the local bar/pizza place where it is easy to enjoy the activity in the market square while sipping a coffee or something stronger.
Each time I visit, I find more cafes tucked away and one of my latest finds is La Terr’in in Place du Monuments aux Morts. The food was fresh, beautifully presented and great value for money and the chef usually comes around at the end of service. He was very keen to introduce us to a Denti fish up close and personal on our last visit.
Another restaurant is La Cuisine du Boucher which as the name suggests is literally the butcher’s kitchen and is open in summer and has both an outdoor and indoor eating area.
More details on both restaurants are under the food and wine section.