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From Michelin-starred restaurants to country inns and chic bistros, meal times are a serious business in the Dordogne Valley! If you really want to discover the true taste of French living, we suggest you take some notes... Bon Appétit!
An international hotspot for foodies, there's no denying the Dordogne Valley is the master of fine dining. With quite a reputation to uphold, the region is full of fabulous restaurants that cater to all budgets from tasty 12 euro lunch menus to some top-notch gastronomic treats. Remember to keep your eye out for "Bonnes Tables du Lot”, an award for restaurants that serve authentic dishes made from local produce.
The Dordogne Valley’s Top Tables With so many of the Dordogne's gastronomic goodies deserving exquisite preparation, it's no wonder there are so many Michelin-starred restaurants! Offers include the unforgettable Pont de l'Ouysse or Château de la Treyne where chef Stéphane Andrieux shows off his culinary skills in an authentic yet contemporary cuisine on a candle-lit terrace over the river...
Restaurants and Bistros
All vacationers dream of a magret-filled lunch in the sun and the Dordogne Valley is fully equipped to satisfy these needs! But how to choose a restaurant when there's one lurking on every corner? If you're looking to grab some food and recharge your batteries between two visits then head to Le Puymule in Saint-Céré for a homemade burger. If you've got a bit more time on your hands, Auberge de la Fontaine is a nice spot to tuck into a more traditional plate of foie gras and walnut bread. But if it's a romantic evening you're after, finish the day off with a bang (or a fillet of sea bass) on the terrace at Les Vieilles Tours. Lush!
Good Food, No Fuss
The Dordogne Valley has its fair share of smaller 'modest' restaurants that are largely visited by locals and workers looking for a good value, hearty meal. At around 12€, menus are often simple but made with fresh produce and served in a friendly, less touristy atmosphere.
Red-and-white checkered tablecloths, colourful fairy lights, circus-like tents and (if you're lucky) a couple of accordionists... Canoeing down the Dordogne River wouldn't be right without stopping off for lunch or even better, dinner at a guinguette. Mostly set up on the river banks, these quirky outdoor bar-restaurants all share the same relaxed atmosphere where people go to feast on duck and wine and boogy on down to old French classics.
Whilst some are faithful to the traditions of the region, others have their own perky twist like Le Vieux Chêne in Montvalent where you can dig into a good meal and beat your friends at a game of petanque. Let the good times roll!