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Food + Drink

Regional Food

Eating and drinking are acknowledged as part of the cultural experience of a visit or holiday in France, and the Périgord / Dordogne region is particularly noted for its gastronomic delights.

The selection of food and wine is extensive. Regional cuisine largely based around duck and goose, however, chicken, beef, pasta dishes and omelettes as well as numerous salad variations can be found on most restaurant menus in the area.

Local speciality dishes include:

  • Duck breast (Magret de Canard) usually grilled and served with a variety of sauces
  • Preserved duck legs (Confit de Canard) fried to crisp up the skin
  • A French delicacy of duck liver (Foie Gras) very rich and simply served with brioche, as an accompaniment to meat dishes, or as a Pâté
  • The Périgord black truffle is particular to the area and is used sparingly in a variety of dishes or as a drizzle by way of oil infusion to give a hint of the very subtle and decadent flavour
  • Goats cheese (Cabécou) either from Rocamadour or local regional suppliers – the choice is huge
  • Walnuts as an addition to salads, s flavour for oil in dressings or in walnut cakes
  • Cèpe mushrooms served simply or as an inclusion in sauces
A wonderful oyster lunch with a very cheeky white!

Fine Wine

Where to start....?!

France produces seven to eight billion bottles of wine every year, with some of the best coming from Bordeaux and Bergerac.

With over 700 million bottles produced annually from the Bordeaux region and 580,000 hectoliters from Bergerac, the choice is endless.

From some of the most expensive wines in the world to everyday table wines, there is something for everybody. For the non-wine buff, 5 to 10 euros will buy a very nice wine, whether red, white or rose.

Wine grapes on the vine Flickr. Copyright: Andrew Faber 1 Bergerac etched wine glass Flickr. Copyright: Jordan Sim Cellar full of wine barrels Flickr. Copyright: Megan Mallen

Local Restaurants

Auberge du Pont

Photos of Auberge du Pont, Saint-Leon-sur-Vezere
This photo of Auberge du Pont is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The Auberge du Pont in St.Léon is the perfect place for a taste of the local cuisine or alternatively to enjoy their wide range of pizzas, which are cooked to order. The restaurant terrace is ideal for experiencing the hustle and bustle of the lunchtime or evening rush to this pretty little village directly on the Vézère River – only five minutes down the hill from the house.

Hotel Archambeau

Photos of Archambeau, Thonac
This photo of Hotel Archambeau is courtesy of TripAdvisor

In Thonac, again only a five minute drive down the hill, the Archambeau Hotel restaurant offers the opportunity to dine al fresco (during summer months) in their pool garden, sitting opposite to the hotel, over the village’s modest main thoroughfare. The staff are adept at avoiding any traffic accidents, whilst delivering excellent local and international cuisine! The set menus and very good wine list make this a must for at least one visit whilst in the area.

Relais du Soleil d’Or

Photos of Relais du Soleil d’Or
Photo courtesy of Relais du Soleil d’Or

Slightly further afield in Montignac, the Soleil d’Or offers two options for a local dining experience. The main restaurant is silver service and overlooks the hotel swimming pool, whilst the Bistro restaurant is more informal. Both serve delicious local produce and epitomise the ‘French’ eating experience.

Beyond Montignac and the immediate locality there are many restaurants within driving distance and recommendations can be given if/when required.