Meals & Food
We offer a table d’hôtes service of evening meals which are served on the terrace when the weather is fine. In the winter, meals are served in the dining area inside, adjacent to a large open log fire. Dinner is generally a 3 course meal at 22 euros, but for those wishing to have something a little more special we can do a 4 course meal (plus an "amuse bouche" to start with) for 28 euros. Some examples of the kind of food we do are given below. If you wish to book a meal here and we are unable to provide one for any reason, we will be happy to recommend and book a nearby restaurant for you.
Meals are for a minimum of two people and should be booked 24 hours in advance (if you come at short notice we will try to provide something for you if we can). We intend to offer special stays focussing on food in due course, together with opportunities to try some of the local Cahors wines of the region, so please do contact us if these may be of interest.
3 courses €22
4 courses + amuse bouche €28
2 courses €13
3 courses €18
The evening meal will be at our family table and examples of the kind of food we serve are:
Amuse-bouches - Prawn & cucumber compote, Duck liver mousse on French toast, Crostini, Devils on horse-back
Starters - Salmon & asparagus mousse, Vegetable terrine, Prawns & spinach in a cheese sauce, Fish soup & rouille, Gazpacho
Main Courses - Cassoulet, Stufffed tenderloin of pork, Tagine with couscous, Tartiflette, Chicken wrapped in bacon
Cheese - Cabécou drizzled with honey on a bed of salad
Puddings - Tarte Tatin, Creme Marie-Louise, Fondant au chocolat, Tarte aux noix, Panna cotta, Tarte Descrambes
For those staying more than one day with us, or for your ongoing journey, we are happy to prepare a light lunch or picnic. Again it would be helpful to have 24 hours notice (so we can get in supplies!). We can be flexible, depending on what is available, but examples might be:
Starters - Gazpacho, Prawn cocktail, Mousse de Montarby
Main Courses - Salmon & asparagus quiche, Cold chicken with celeriac remoulade, Slice of game pie , Salmon & cream cheese sandwich, Red pepper & black olive tapinade tart,
Puddings - Chocolate brownie, Tarte aux noix, Lemon posset, Millionaire's shortbread
We can also provide our own homemade lemonade, or something similar, to accompany your meal
Specialities of the region
This is a fascinating area for food and wine. It is, of course, famous for duck and foie gras, but also for Quercy lamb. We are right in the midst of one of the main regions for truffles, and the famous truffle market of Lalbenque is nearby. In the markets you can also find a wide variety of wild mushrooms in season, including cèpes, girolles, chanterelles and in June you can buy both white and green fresh local asparagus.
Cabécou, a goat's cheese served with honey is a local speciality, as is aligot, a blend of Cantal cheese, pureed potato, creme fraiche and garlic which goes wonderfully well with Toulouse sausage - and takes bangers and mash onto a whole different plane! Farçous are a kind of savoury drop scone made with blette (Swiss chard) and onion which you can sometimes buy as a snack in the local markets. And pastis (the pastry) is a kind of alcoholic apple strudel which they also sell in the markets, together with a wide variety of delicacies made from local walnuts. The area is also famous for its fruit; melons and apples from the area around Montcuq, prunes from Agen and, of course, Cahors and Coteaux de Quercy wine from the grapes grown on the chalky slopes above the Lot.
There are all sorts of places where these delights can be found and we are more than happy to point you in their direction. In due course we hope to be able to put on some seasonal special breaks - for example, when truffles are at their best in the winter months, asparagus in June or when the saffron and walnuts are being harvested in the Autumn.