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When you get closer to the south-west, you quickly think of quality gastronomy. Our regional products are duck, walnuts, cheese, truffles but also lamb, melon and of course the malbec wine of Cahors.
A complete list of the markets in the department is available at reception. The best known are Gourdon on Saturdays and Thursdays for the producers’ market, Souillac on Fridays, Sarlat on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Stop obligatorily at Martine Roch’s, an absolute favourite for her nutty jam, it’s fabulous! An alternative, for the days without a market, is the Cougnac market hall where the local producers gather to offer their products (next to Gourdon).
We also have some products from local producers in our grocery shop with an animation around once a week.
Our local producers are delighted to share their passion and show you their work, don’t hesitate to go and see them. We are fortunate to have some close by! Let’s mention the saffron farm La Borie Blanche which is next to the farm of Peyrès which offers products derived from duck. You can take the children to pet the goats from the Lahore cheese dairy in Payrac which makes Rocamadours or the sheep who help to maintain the Bennet nut farm in Payrac.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, it is possible to visit the Roch vineyards in Gourdon. Christian makes “attic wine”, following a technique where grapes are dried before vinification. Most of the producers are in the Lot valley. We have been sensitive to the history of Château Fantou, a small vineyard taken over by the owner’s daughter, who has given an ecological turn to the estate. Château La Gineste or Château les Croizille are also organic producers. Take advantage of your trip to visit Puy-l’Evêque and Luzech.
We have several restaurants on Le Vigan and of course on Gourdon, notably on the town tour or Delicatessens on the road to Le Vigan. For truly traditional local cuisine, head to the farmhouse inn of ‘Le Château vieux’ on Milhac: mique, cassoulet, pastis with duck confit… authentic!
For a lunch break while exploring the Lot valley, you can try the tiny restaurant at Puy l’évêque, ‘les dodus en ville’, “artisanal” cuisine or at Le Caillau in the countryside of Vire-sur-Lot.