Restaurants in the vicinity
France is renown internationally for its cuisine, and this region is probably better than most. As a result, the number of restaurants just a drive away is surprisingly large. The closest restaurants that we often recommend are:
Le Bistrot du Presbytere, in Queyssac (less than 20 min drive away) and probably one of the best restaurants nearby. It offers traditional home-style cuisine and it is really popular with locals so … make sure that you book in advance (+33 553 5873 36).
L’auberge de Jaure, in the small village of Jaure (some 15 min drive away) is a small and surprisingly excellent choice. Despite its limited menu, the food is excellent and the setting beautiful too. Given its small size, it is important to book in advance though (+33 553 82 24 21).
La Terrasse in the nearby village of Campsegret (15 mins drive away) is run by a charming couple and offers casual dining at good value. Except for weekends at lunch time when it gets busy, tables are often available without the need to book in advance. There is one other restaurant in Campsegret (Les Tamaris) catering mostly for lorry drivers on their way through town and a pizzeria (Le Chat Perche), but we generally think of La Terrasse as our local canteen!
Tropicana is 10 mins drive away North of La Forge, on the N21 and tucked in a misleadingly uninspiring hotel building from the 70s. However, the food is surprisingly good and the environment quite relaxed. The hotel also has tennis courts and a mini-golf that can be used for a fee.
Another good option is Rossignol, a few miles further North along the N21 (20 mins away). Despite its location next to the busy road too, both the food and the atmosphere are great for dinner.
Finally, if you are looking for a treat, we recommend the restaurant at the Chartreuse du Bignac (30 mins away). They offer a more sophisticated experience (at a higher price of course), but the quality of the food as well as the atmosphere are superb. We have celebrated more than a birthday dinner or two in this delighful place!
We could go on … but exploring different local restaurants has to be one of the highlights of any trip to Dordogne-Perigord. Some of them are in tiny hamlets in the countryside, while many others are in some of the bigger towns like Bergerac (where we particularly like Aux Cepes Enchantes and the way they cook cepes/porcini mushroom). Just go out, explore … and do let us know what you think!