Restaurants within easy reach of La Vieille Grange range from country auberges offering simple food at very reasonable prices to elegant upmarket restaurants with superb food – such as the Pont de L’Ouysse.
Auberge du Cantou, Fenelon (1.5 km) Just up the road towards Chateau Fenelon, Cantou is the closest restaurant to Mercadiol—a 10-min stroll away. It specialises in duck dishes and also sells its own tinned produce. Open on weekends from May to Sept (also over Easter), from Friday to Sunday, for lunch and dinner, and every day in the high season (June till 15 Sept). Excellent value for well-presented local fare. It is a good idea to ring or call in first. T 05 53 29 64 36 fermeaubergedordogne.com
Chez Nicole, Masclat (3 km) This well patronised bar/restaurant serves lunch only and has a cheap, homely set menu. It’s popular for Sunday lunch, so you will need to book in high season. Closed Mondays. T 05 65 37 62 04 05
Chez Combroux Florent (‘Chez Crouzil’), Masclat (3 km) The set price lunch menu here offers simple country fare with local specialities – but you need to book to let them know you are coming. There is a pleasant outdoor area and small bar. T 05 65 37 61 01 www.restaurant-masclat.fr
Le St Ju, St Julien de Lampon (4 km) The local watering hole is a friendly, fun bar serving above average pizzas and with a limited menu of salads and local fare. Live music on Fri nights in summer on the terrace by the church. T 05 53 29 70 13
Le Roi Carotte, St Julien de Lampon (4.5 km) A popular and well-patronised restaurant based in a large, converted barn. The food is local fare, the atmosphere relaxed and children are welcomed. In summer, dine on the terrace overlooking the potager and fields. Booking recommended, closed from Nov to end March. T 05 53 29 82 33; closed on Tuesdays. www.leroicarotte.com
Hotel Restaurant Le Rouffillac, Rouffillac (4.5 km) Across the bridge from St Julien, this traditional hotel is now under the management of the very successful Relais du Paysan at Carlux and offers similar food. T 05 53 29 70 24 www.hotelrouffillhacdordogne.com
Le Relais du Paysan, Carlux (6 km) Tables in the spacious dining room and terrace have either castle or valley views. On offer are generous servings of good regional fare – meaty salads of home-cured meats, vegetables, walnut cake and a bowl of seasonal fruit. Operates in high season only. Cash only. T 05 53 29 41 90
Delicatessens Restaurant, Milhac (5.5 km) This stylish restaurant and its associated epicerie is set in a restored stone building in the centre of the pretty village of Milhac. It has a spacious dining room and a pleasant terrace overlooking the picturesque main street. The 14E lunch menu is great value — NB: each Tuesday it feature a different national dish ; the evening menu is 30E for entree, main and desert. The food is light, seasonally based, from local producers and well-presented. T 05 65 32 70 56 http://www.delicatessens.fr
Les 7 Sources, Lamothe-Fenelon (8 km) Offering a light take on regional dishes, lakeside Les 7 Sources is well-regarded by locals. Stroll around the lake, to work up an appetite. Open April to December. Booking recommended. T 05 65 32 62 68 www.les7sources.com
Le Bellevue, Gourdon (13 km) With just a small dining room and pavement terrace attached to bar/hotel on Gourdon circuit road (almost opposite the Post Office), the Bellevue offers a good value set-price lunch menu; simple fare. Be early for a lunch table, especially on market days. T 05 65 41 06 17 www.restaurantlebellevuegourdon.fr
Le Pot Occitan, Gourdon (13 km) Located on the circuit, opposite the main carpark, this place is popular with locals, and can get very busy. Good regional fare.
05 65 41 11 81
La Promenade, Gourdon (13 km) Beside the war memorial park on the circuit on the northern edge of the old town centre, this hotel restaurant has tables on a street-front covered terrace as well as an indoor dining room. T 05 65 41 41 44 www.lapromenade-gourdon.fr
O Moulin, Carsac (14 km) Dishes are based on local, seasonal produce and are light, delicious and beautifully presented, with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Three courses a la carte at 33 euros; set price lunch menu 25 euros. Book ahead to make sure of a place (English spoken).
www.latabledumoulin.com 05 53 30 13 55
Diabolo Fraise, Nabirat (15 km) Traditional fare is served in a cheery dining room overlooking the civic square. The lunch special at 14 E has soup, entrée, main course and dessert (bread and wine included) but no menu, the food just comes out – roast meats, local veg, home cooked desserts. Well worth a visit. Booking is essential, as it’s popular with locals and visitors alike.
T 05 53 59 36 83
Les Tilleuls (15 km) On the outskirts of Souillac, on the Sarlat road, Les Tilleuls is a well-patronised lunch stop for locals and visitors alike. While the 13 euro soup and three courses is perfectly satisfying, the 19 euro offers a more exciting choice. Also open evenings; friendly service.
05 65 27 28 53
Hotel du Pont, Grolejac (15 km) Situated near a bridge over the Dordogne, with a pleasant, classic dining room and a spacious terrace. Lunch menu from 18 euros, evening menus 24 euros, tasty local fare with an innovative touch.
05 53 28 15 94 http://www.sarlathoteldupont.com
Hotellerie Plaisance, Vitrac (18 km) Lovely dining room and a pleasant terrace for summer dining offering light servings of regional food with a lunch special at 18E (excellent value) and standard menus starting at 28E. Closed out of season and every Sunday evening and on Fridays in March and April. 05 53 31 39 39 www.hotelplaisance.com
La Treille, Vitrac (18 km) Excellent, special occasion restaurant in a long-established hotel with a small, well-run dining room that opens onto a terrace with extra tables. Menus at 32, 47 and 65 euros, all choices interesting and delicious.
05 53 28 33 19 http://www.latreille-perigord.com
Maison Dupeliac, Sarlat outskirts (17 km) This stylish restaurant offers seasonal produce prepared with a light and innovative touch. Friendly service, pleasant ambiance. The lunch special is particularly good value, book a courtyard table in summer. Closed weekends. 05 53 30 82 60 www.maisondupeliac.com
Chez le Gaulois, Sarlat (21 km) On Rue Tourny, in the old part of the town, is good for charcuterie-based light lunches and hearty snacks. Known as the ‘Ham Cave’, try a platter of thinly sliced ham with melted cheese and salad with a jug of rosé. 10E to 16E.
Le Grand Bleu, Sarlat (21 km) Fish is the speciality at this high-end restaurant near the railway station (43, Ave de la Gare). Recommended by friends who live locally as their place for ‘special occasion’ dining. Booking essential for Sunday lunch. www.legrandbleu.eu T 05 53 31 08 48
Cabanoix et Chataigne, Domme (20 km) Local, light seasonal cuisine is served with a modern twist in a historic building tucked away in the heart of Domme. There are foie gras specials, great desserts and friendly service. It can be pricey. Bookings essential, in summer, ask for a courtyard table. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.05 53 31 07 11 www.cabanoixrestaurant.com
Restaurant L’Esplanade, Domme (20 km) There are spectacular valley views from the cliff-top dining room here, where there evening menus start at 45E; lunch at 35E. The bar is a great place to watch the sun set with a glass of champagne. Closed mid-November to early March. 05 53 28 31 41 www.esplanade-perigord.com
La Belle Etoile, La Roque-Gageac (24 km) The restaurant at this riverside hotel (two-star Logis) is in prime tourist country; it serves very good (modern/local) food in its spacious first floor restaurant or on a small shaded terrace with views over the Dordogne. Menus between 29 and 50E. 05 53 29 45 63 www.hotel-belle-etoile-dordogne.fr
Le Pont de l’Ouysse, Lacave (27 km) Highly regarded hotel-restaurant with one Michelin star. Eat in the elegant dining room or on the lovely terrace (see picture at top) shaded by plane trees and overlooking the stream and valley. Eating here is always enjoyable, and especially so in summer. The food is of a very high quality, innovative and carefully prepared, and the service attentive without being overbearing. A special occasion place. Set menus from 60E. Booking essential. T 05 65 37 87 04 www.lepontdelouysse.com
Hotel Les Glycines, Les Eyzies (44 km) This hotel has a smart restaurant (Le 1682) with menus ranging from 62 E for the evening meal. At the budget end, the bistro at the front of the building offers a good-value lunch special at 18 E.
05 53 06 97 07 www.les-glycines-dordogne.com
Le Vieux Moulin de la Beaune, Les Eyzies (43 km) Situated beside a stream that must have been enjoyed by humans since prehistoric times, the restaurant of this small hotel delivers excellent food in a delightful setting. Good value lunch menus (21E, 36E), evening menus from 58 E. Specialities include local pigeon, lamb and pork – oh, and ceps and truffles, too. Good wine list. Recommended.
La Recreation, Les Arques (40 km) This friendly restaurant (‘playtime’ in French) is in an old village schoolhouse – you can read all about it in the book From here you can’t see Paris (Michael Sanders). And although the ownership has changed since then, the restaurant remains popular with some signature dishes still on the menu, making it worth the 45 min drive from Mercadiol (via Gourdon, Salviac and Cazals). Closed Wed and Thurs, and closed Dec to April. Essential to book for popular Sunday lunch. 05 65 22 88 08 www.restaurant-traiteur-lot.com
Chez Jeanne Hotel-Restaurant, Pomarède (45 km) The subject of Mary Moody’s book and short film Lunch with Madame Murat, this family-run village restaurant serves hearty regional fare. Menus are priced at 14 and 27 euros, including house wine. A children’s menu is available at 9 euros. A 40-minute drive from Mercadiol (via Gourdon, Cazals and Frayssinet-le-Gelat). Booking is essential for Sunday lunch. 05 65 36 66 07 www.tourisme-cazals-salviac.com