Eating out is a part of the French way of life. Don’t have a holiday in France without having a meal in a French restaurant. Although there are many unusual French foods (frogs legs, snails, tête de veau etc.) you will find many foods that are a true delight! And the Lot has some fantastic restaurants.
Which restaurant? Try to find a restaurant that is targeted at French diners (French menus are a good clue!). Don’t expect to find a fantastic restaurant in the major tourist destinations – here we would recommend something safe and straightforward such as pizza, crêpes etc..
Which time? It’s often cheaper to eat at lunchtime and during the week. Sunday lunch is always busy and it pays to book ahead. In the evenings, don’t arrive too early – 7.30PM is often the earliest you can get served.
Which menu? Don’t go for à la carte options. Usually they have the same options as the menu prix fixe and they cost a lot more! Avoid Menu Touristique like the plague!
Which wine? Wine can be quite expensive if you go for named bottles. But carafes of house white or red wine have usually been exquisitely selected by the restauranteur and are excellent value. Refer to our wine section for more advice on wines in France.
Our favourite restaurants in the Lot-et-Garonne:
Auberge de Bardigues
Tel No: (0)5 63 39 05 58
The tiny village of Bardigues, perched high on a hill is the home of the charming Auberge de Bardigues. In summer eating takes place on the outside terrace (shame about the wasps!!), while there is an inside dining room for those cooler early spring/late autumn days. The menu is inventive, featuring regional specialities like foie gras, duck and melon. The food is beautifully presented and the ambiance is lovely. There is a childrens menu – Le chef propose. For the adults or children with big appetites 4 courses of starter, main, cheese and dessert is €25* or opt for a combination – perhaps a main course and a dessert (€18*). Alternatively try the excellent value ‘menu du jour’ – a three course set meal which changes on a daily basis.
Afterwards why not let the children take advantage of the playground on the edge of the village.
Auberge de Larressingle
This Auberge boasts one of the most incredible locations imaginable, situated on a hill in the Gers with far reaching views and adjacent to one of the best preserved medieval fortified villages in all of France. Three course meals available for 25* Euros, including a foie gras starter. Also offering chambres d’hôtes.
Château des Vicomtes de Terrides
Tel No: (0)5 63 95 61 07
On the D14 12km south of Castelsarrasin (Junction 9 on A62)
This 3 star hotel/restaurant is a spectacular looking majestic, old chateau which serves a very good value lunch-time menu of around €20* including wine and coffee. Why not take the family and whilst you are soaking up the atmosphere on the terrace by the swimming pool, the children are perhaps having a dip in the pool!
External websites offering information on Lot-et-Garonne restaurants (not all visited by us):
A splendid set of books on eating out in France is written by Richard Binns. French Leave Encore has travel advice with details of hotels and restaurant recommendations. French Leave Finesse contains purely restaurant recommendations.
*Prices are approximate, please check with operator for up to date costs.
Here’s more information to make the most of your visit to Lot et Garonne: