to the Dordogne & Lot-et-Garonne
Sigoules, Dordoge (5 mins by car)
Chez Max -
Lovely local French cafe which does a superb lunch menu.
20 minutes by car
3 Rue de Loup, Eymet (although
on the corner of the square, Place Gambetta
Telephone 05 53 23 90 05
Stunning building located on the square with high ceilings and
plenty of exposed beams and stone. Good sized terrace under the
arches of the ‘arcade’. Excellent food (pizza and pasta)
and very reasonably priced. Lively atmosphere ideally suited to
large parties. Popular with locals and visitors alike. Food can
take a while to arrive. Can get very busy and they won’t take
bookings. Do have a high turnover of covers so the norm is to turn
up, put in a request for table size and then head over to the pub
for a drink until a suitable table becomes available.
La Cour D’Eymet
42 Boulevard National, Eymet
Telephone 05 53 22 72 83
The chef is chasing Michelin Stars – top-end restaurant serving
excellent French food in minimalist and elegant surroundings. Hefty
price tag – but well worth it for that special occasion. Dress
French style crêperie
(pancakes for main course and pud).
37 Place de Gambetta, Eymet
Telephone 05 53 22 34 64
Lovely family-run restaurant on the square serving every variant
of crepe imaginable. Good food, nice terrace under the arches. Middle
of the road for dress code and price. Look out for the honey &
duck - my favourite!
de la Bastide
French style Restaurant
41 Place de Gambetta, Eymet
Telephone 05 53 23 71 37
Good food, pleasant surroundings. Intimate dining room well-suited
to couples and smaller parties. Outside terrace under the arches
very nice and better for larger parties. Handy access - just park
in the square.
Bar with lunch
time a la carte menu
Place de Gambetta, Eymet
Cosy bar on the square, run by Anglo-French couple. A good spot
for a drink – whether beer, wine or coffee. Great lunch time
menu for lite bites & Ice creams etc. Fabulous terrace under
the arches from where to watch Eymet life. The chef does excellent
Asian takeaways on a Friday night – but call in advance need
to check availability, and pre-order to avoid disappointment.
Place de Gambetta, Eymet
Located just off the square, le Tortoni is a large bar, very French
in style. Good spot for a cold beer – particularly if Le Pub
is too busy.
Le Plein Sud
Restaurant come Bar
14 Boulevard National, Eymet
Telephone 05 53 27 32 57
A family run restaurant, serving a great lunch-time set-price menu
with plenty of options. The décor and ambiance is traditionally
French, and the food is good. Well worth a visit – if just
for the Frenchness of the experience.
Bar, possible to order food.
Sorry – this gets an ‘avoid’ rating in my book.
Cyber café, coffee and paninis.
Rue du Loup – the road leading back to the Boulevard from the Pizzeria
corner of the square.
Brit run cyber café with very helpful and friendly staff. Great
spot for a coffee or ice-cream throughout the day. Popular for paninis
at lunch time. Discreet kiddies playroom at the back for those ‘in
tow’. Good provision of computer hardware offering high-speed internet
access, printing and digital camera memory card to CD-Rom burning facilities.
Excellent source of local information and advice. Pig roasts on Tuesday
night markets in the summer.
Restaurant 'Les Vieilles Pierres'
Hotel Restaurant serving excellent French
Gillette, 24500 Eymet
Tel: 05 53 23 75 99 Fax: 05 53 27 87 14
20 minutes by car
French Restaurant, specialising in fish
8 Rue des Fontaines, Bergerac Old Quarter
Telephone 05 53 57 47 92.
Open daily except Dec – Easter (not Sun or Mon). Possibly closed
mid Nov for annual holiday.
Excellent restaurant specialising in (but by no means limited to) fish
dishes. Menu changes daily. Stunning surroundings of character –
high ceilings, plenty of stone and exposed beams, tastefully decorated.
Outside terrace taking up the best part of a quiet pedestrian side street.
Smashing staff – professional but relaxed. Pukka wine list. Ideally
suited to medium-sized groups. Park on the old quay for a great 10 minutes
of evening stroll there through the old quarter.
Place Pelissier, Bergerac Old Quarter
Telephone 05 53 57 52 88.
Set in the intimate surroundings of a converted front room overlooking
the fountain from the first floor, L’Enfance de Lard is a great
spot for a rather different lunch or dinner. Good food, reasonably priced.
Well suited to couples and smaller parties. Reservations highly recommended.
As with L’Imparfait, best to park on the old quay and walk –
add ten minutes.
La Tour des
French, top-end restaurant ‘Cuisine Gourmande’
Monbazillac (take the right turn on the crest of the hill overlooking
Bergerac, 200m from the junction on the left hand side).
Telephone 05 53 58 30 10.
Stunning location overlooking the Dordogne valley - worth a visit for
its location alone. Housed on the spot of an old windmill with a more
modern addition – sit outside on their large stepped terrace and
watch Bergerac change from day to night. Take a jumper just in case –
in can be a little exposed. Very good French food and wine list, and with
a price tag to suit. Good-sized car park.
(On the D933 just below the crest of the hill descending into Bergerac,
on the left hand side).
Great food, good atmosphere and very reasonably priced. A very French
restaurant that is justifiably popular with the locals. Good accessibility
with its own decent-sized car park. Recommended.
15 mins by car
La Reine Rouge
Indian Curry House
Popular with English and French alike, good bar for pre-dinner drinks,
great curries. Takeaways to collect and option.
La Sauvetat du Dropt, Lot-et-Garonne
10 mins by car
Telephone 05 53 94 33 42
Run by an Anglo-French couple, Ma Maison is a big favourite of ours. Stunning
courtyard to the front, elegant décor inside. Fantastic food with
a very reasonable price tag. Excellent service from professional but relaxed
staff. Dress code smart. Well-suited to couples and groups. La Sauvetat
is a lovely little town to drive through – can be tricky finding
a parking space in the immediate vicinity.
30 mins by car
‘Restaurant Gastronomique et Formule Bistrot’
Tour de Ville, Issegeac
Telephone 05 53 58 77 88
Open every day for lunch and dinner
( Please note – we have not visited personally so this description
is the distillation of the comments of others).
Lovely terrace, good food. At the top end of the market – good food
and with a magnificent terrace.
Alleman sur Dropt,
30mins by car
Good food, with a fantastic buffet, and very
reasonably priced. But the whole place has the feel of a conference centre
– a delightful old façade gives way to a modern extension
complete with naff tiled floor and false ceiling – it all makes
for below average surroundings staffed by school canteen wallahs.
30mins by car
A great restaurant set in the old town walls serving fabulous French food.
Popular with local French and English. Go on a nice summer's day and sit
in their courtyard for lovely al fresco eating.
Additions? Corrections? Your own comments?
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