Local shopping & restaurants

There are numerous good value restaurants fairly near.  We keep a book in the cottage where visitors often share their discoveries and opinions.   Some of the most popular with guests include The Hôtel des Touristes (Marcilhac), Allée des Vignes and Jeu de Quilles (Cajarc), Auberge Beauville (Espedaillac), Hôtel le Grézalide (Grèzes), Hôtel des Grottes (Cabrerets) and. some 35 k towards Cahors, La Truite Dorée at Vers.  It is worth looking on Trip Advisor for the most up-to-date reviews.  Hotel de la Vallée at Brengues is close, inexpensive and simple (at present temporarilly closed as a result of a fire).  Others, further afield, can form an enjoyable part of an day’s outing and so are included in the ‘things to do’ page of the website.

We tend not to eat out much when we are here as the local meat, vegetables and fruit are so good – as is the wine. Most shopping has to be done in Marcilhac (small grocery store and bakers) or for supermarkets in the local towns Cajarc (16km), Figeac (30km), Gramat (30km) or Cahors (50km) however the shops do come to the village:

  • Meat may be bought from a travelling butcher’s van which comes to the village on Wednesday and Saturday (usually late mornings), stopping on the camp site in season and at the end of the village street.  Excellent choice of quality veal, lamb, beef as well as mince, sausages, pate, etc.
  • Bread is also brought by van from the Marcilhac bakery on Wednesdays and Saturdays (at around 11.30 to 12.30) and from the Livernon bakery on Thursdays.
  • There is a small cafe attached to the campsite which serves simple meals as well as snacks, ice creams, drinks, etc. in season.
  • Cheese the Mas de Thomas is an award winning cheese producer in the hills behind the village (approx 4km). It is well signposted on the Causse up the hill behind the village, selling its own very good goat cheeses, including the little round cabecous.  Open 9.00-12.30.  It also has a small restaurant serving local produce in season, including their own appellation controlée  cheeses.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS

This is a list of some which have been recommended (many of which are mentioned on other pages of the web site):

Restaurant les Touristes (Marcilhac) 05 65 40 65 61

la Promenade (Marcilhac) 05 65 40 65 58

Hôtel de la Vallée (Bengues) 05 65 10 07 53

Auberge Beauville (Espedaillac), good local cooking: 05 65 40 55 62

Allée  des Vignes (Cajarc) 05 65 11 61 87

Jeu des Quilles (Cajarc) 05 65 33 71 40

Bar Brasserie (Cajarc) unpretentious internet cafe with good plat du jour @ 8 euros: 05 65 40 64 25

Saison Bio (Cajarc) light organic vegetarian lunches in July and August: 05 65 34 04 11

Le Grézalide (Grèzes) elegant surroundings and service: 05 65 11 20 40

Hôtel de la Sagne (Cabrerets)  05 65 31 26 62

Hôtel des Grottes (Cabrerets)   terrace overlooking river: 05 65 31 27 02

Relais des Gourmands (Gramat) pleasant setting near station, good moderately-priced menus: 05 65 38 83 92

Auberge du Causse (Livernon) 05 65 40 55 24

Café de la Paix (Livernon) 05 65 40 55 05

Auberge du Sombral (St Cirq Lapopie) 05 65 31 26 08

Le Gourmet Quernynois (St Cirq Lapopie) 05 65 31 21 20

Les Falaises (Bouziès) 05 65 31 26 83

La Truite Dorée (Vers)  05 65 31 41 51

Au Rince Cochon (Limogne) 05 65 23 87 20

Auberge de Laparrot (Corn) 05 65 38 17 76.   NB The five-course lunchtime menu is very reasonable (13 euros, 2014), and good home cooking, but there is no choice and not all the traditional dishes are to everyone’s taste – worth asking what is on the menu that day before booking.