Nearby places to eat
Our personal favourites are in red and if we have tried restaurants we have given them stars according to our personal preference.
Les Halles * (6km)
Le bourg, 46090 Labastide Marnhac
Tel. 05 65 20 01 94 No website
This is a friendly café, bar, corner shop and restaurant serving simple food at both lunch and in the evening. Set three course meal with wine from around 13€. Clean airy interior and a small terrace outside. Food not bad, and good value for money.
Le Pré d’Armagnac (12km)
Tel. 06 16 69 68 81 No website
On the road to Lauzerte, this is a little café that we haven't tried, but it does lunches during the week. We've heard it's ok but nothing special. Menu for 3 courses around 13€.
Tel. 09 66 84 46 57 www.restolecole.fr
Just outside Montcuq on the road to Cahors, this is run by a guy who used to do pizzas and has now opened more of a restaurant. There is a midday menu at around 13€ and it's open in the evening.
L'Auberge de la Tour *** (13km)
Address: Le Bourg, 46140 Sauzet
Tel. 05 65 36 90 05 www.aubergedelatour.com
Old fashioned 2 star Logis with a nice atmosphere and a terrace outside under the shade of a hundred year old wisteria. Good traditional food of the region (lots of duck!) with a weekday lunch time menu at around 14 euros for 3 courses. Open in the evening as well (make sure you book), menus range from about 17€ to 30€
Café de France *** (13km)
5-7, place de la République
Tel. 05 65 22 52 07 www.cafedefrance-montcuq.com
Right in the heart of the medieval town of Montcuq, this bistro has a good atmosphere both inside and out, and is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Slightly unimaginative food, but generally well cooked and good friendly service. No set menu and a three course meal without wine will be about 30€ a head.
Montcuq cafés (13km)
There are various other cafés in the centre of Montcuq, most of which you don't really need to book:
Café du Centre (opposite the Café de France) - fairly basic but ok food, with freindly service (as long as you're not trying just to have drink when they are wanting to serve lunches!). La Gariotte has a nice shady terrace and acts as a "pop-up" restaurant offering a range of different styles. The Rocking Horse Café just does drinks but has tables outside under the trees. It is just along from the patisserie where you can buy your goodies and eat them in the café with a cup of coffee.
La Barguelonne (14km)
5 Avenue de Saint-Jean, 46800 Montcuq
Tel. 05 65 31 84 45
On the outskirts of Montcuq on the road to Lauzerte. We haven't tried this one yet but have heard that, although it has pretty basic decor, it does a good home-cooked working men's lunch at around 14€ for three courses and does moules frites on a Thursday evening.
Le Bardouquet (15km)
19 pl Léon Gambetta46170 Castelnau Montratier
Tel. 05 65 21 28 14
On the corner of the square in this rather sleepy bastide town, it is a lovely spot to relax in the sunshine with a beer or a glass of wine. We haven't tried the food but it looks rather expensive for what it is compared to other places.
Le Gambetta (15km)
17 pl Léon Gambetta, 46170 Castelnau Montratier
Tel. 05 65 23 78 33
Just next door to the Bardouquet above, it is not trying to be any more than a café and perhaps succeeds rather better, and does a good value
Cahors Restaurants (17km)
Bear in mind Cahors is only 17 km away and has by far the best range of restaurants in the area
Le Balandre**** - Grand Hôtel Terminus (17km)
5 Avenue Charles de Freycinet, 46000 Cahors
Tel: 05 65 53 32 00
Old school French charm with excellent food, wines and service. Located in the Edwardian Terminus Hotel by the station, this is a place to enjoy the classy calm and serenity of sophisticated French dining - it is, though, the most expensive place in Cahors with a 4 course dinner costing around 70 euros and drinks on top.
L'O à la Bouche **** (17km)
56 Allées Fénelon 46000 Cahors
Tel 05 65 35 65 69
Modern, elegant and lively restaurant in the Place Gambetta in central Cahors. Very good food and friendly service, one of our favourite places for a treat, but the menu changes only occasionally. Dinner will cost around 40 euros plus wine, but the set lunch menus are slightly cheaper.
Le Marché **** (17km)
27 Place Jean Jacques Chapou, 46000 Cahors
Tel. 05 65 35 27 27
A great favourite of ours, this modern buzzy restaurant in the Cathedral square has great food, friendly service and a menu that changes frequently. Despite a really good chef, it's good value for money and very popular with the French locals. If you go there for lunch, get there by 12.30 (3 courses for around 25 euros plus wine), dinner starts at about 36 euros for 3 courses with wine on top. On market days, probably best to sit inside as the dustmen will be clearing up after the market during lunchtime, which all rather detracts from the otherwise charm of the setting!
Cuisine Côté Sud *** (17km)
24 Place Champollion, 46000 Cahors
Tel. 05 65 53 15 16
www.cuisine-cotesud.com (NB this website doesn't always seem to work!)
A favourite place of locals in Cahors, this modern restaurent also specialises in meals to take away and outside catering. The interior is a bit more cafe-like than Le Marché but the food and service are excellent, and there is also an outside terrace. It only does lunch which, for a 3 course meal, is around 25 euros plus wine. An advantage over Le Marché is that they do a cheap carafe of wine, and also the set menu has quite a number of choices (as well as options to have just two courses).
Hotel du Quercy *** (21km)
Faubourg d'Auriac, 82110 Lauzerte
Tel. 05 63 94 66 36 Email: email@example.com
This is not the nearest, but we have included it as it is a very easy and beautiful drive just 20 minutes down the valley road. It is one of our favourite places to have lunch, outside on the terrace (sadly, the inside is provincial French naff). Although everything is fairly basic, the food is generally excellent, with quite a varied appetising menu. A three course lunch starts at around 14€ and is very good value for money.