From La Vieille Grange you can enjoy fine local restaurants and visit village markets to buy local artisan produce. The wines from both Bergerac and Cahors are well worth trying and you can visit vineyards on day tours. Domme also produces a good local rosé.
The French are renowned for taking their food very seriously (but not without humour) and expect the very best from local produce. Regional specialities include confit of duck and goose, patés, especially paté de foie gras and cheeses, including fresh local goat’s cheese, cabecou. In season, truffles, walnuts, and a wide variety of fruit such as strawberries, peaches, cherries, greengage and melon are available in markets and shops, at very good prices.
St Julien This is busy bakery often has queues out onto the street in high season; good bread and croissants, cakes, tarts and pizza slices.
Masclat The Chez Nicole cafe has a ‘depot de pain’ (Tuesday to Sunday – bread and croissants are from the Grolejac boulangerie), but you need to either order or arrive early.
Souillac Boulangerie BA on Ave Gen de Gaulle, the main road through Souillac, has a small parking area and a huge and well-deserved reputation. We think it the best in the area. It sells a variety of breads (including fruit bread), pastries, quiches and really excellent tarts.
Gourdon Tarte et Pains, Rte de Fumel opposite Leader Price supermarket is an unassuming bakery sells good bread – our favourites are the ‘Gourdonnais’ and smaller ‘Gourdonnaise’ – walnut and other speciality breads and pastries.
Sarlat One of many top-class bakeries here, Le Delice Croquant at 4 Rue Blanchet off Avenue de la Republique sells terrific bread and pastries.