Restaurants within easy reach of La Vieille Grange range from country auberges offering excellent local dishes at very reasonable prices to elegant upmarket restaurants with superb fine dining – such as the Pont de L’Ouysse (its tree-shaded terrace is shown above). Booking is always recommended. We supply renters with a detailed list, with comments, of our favourite restaurants. A few examples follow:
Auberge du Cantou, Fenelon Just up the road towards Chateau Fenelon, Cantou is the closest restaurant to Mercadiol. It specialises in duck dishes and also sells its own tinned produce. fermeaubergedordogne.com
Le Roi Carotte, St Julien de Lampon (4.5 km) Local fare, in summer, dine on the terrace overlooking the potager and fields. www.leroicarotte.com
Le Relais du Paysan, Carlux (6 km) Spectacular views of either the ruined castle above or the valley below. Offers generous servings of regional fare – meaty salads of home-cured meats, vegetables, walnut cake and a bowl of seasonal fruit. Cash only. T 05 53 29 41 90
Delicatessens Restaurant, Milhac (5.5 km) A stylish restaurant overlooking the picturesque main street. The food is light, seasonally based, from local producers and well-presented. http://www.delicatessens.fr
O Moulin, Carsac (14 km) Light, delicious and beautifully presented local fare, with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Book ahead to make sure of a place (English spoken).
Diabolo Fraise, Nabirat (15 km) 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. Booking is essential. T 05 53 59 36 83
Hotel du Pont, Grolejac (15 km) Tasty local fare with an innovative touch.
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
Restaurant L’Esplanade, Domme (20 km) There are spectacular valley views from the cliff-top dining room here. Luch set menu good value for fine dining. www.esplanade-perigord.com
Le Pont de l’Ouysse, Lacave (27 km) Highly regarded hotel-restaurant with one Michelin star. A special occasion place. Set menus from 60E. Booking essential. T 05 65 37 87 04 www.lepontdelouysse.com
Le Vieux Moulin de la Beaune, Les Eyzies (43 km) Excellent food in a delightful setting. Specialties include local pigeon, lamb and pork, ceps and truffles. Good wine list.