Places to Eat
This is not an exhaustive list – there are many other places you may stumble across – but to take some of the guess-work out of things we hope this helps.
We do recommend booking (vital if there are more than a couple of you) as places can either be ‘exceptionally closed’ or full very quickly. Lunch is not served all afternoon – to be sure try to get to a restaurant by 12.30pm. Most restaurants are family affairs and whilst it is not common, in summer, there can be exceptional closures – which is why we do say to book especially if you are travelling any distance. With some of the very popular restaurants, it is a good idea to book a few days ahead. Also, very importantly, if you reserve a table and then find you cannot use it – please ring to cancel.
Usually the best value meals are served at midday, ‘le menu’ or ‘menu de jour’. This comes at a fixed price, usually for 3 courses, bread will be included and some places also include wine and or coffee. In some cases there may be a choice of one or two ‘plats’ (main courses) sometimes not. It is usual to keep your cutlery from one course to the next. Expect to pay between 12,50 and 18 euro per head.
It is normal to ask for a ‘pitcher de l’eau’ – water is always freely available at mealtimes.
In summer you should have the choice, in most restaurants, of eating inside (interior) or sur la terrace (exterior).
In the evening in is more usual to eat a la carte of from a table d’hôte menu. Expect from 23 euro to 40 euro per head and wine not to be included. There is invariably a choice of menus so there will be some flexibility.
Brasserie du Lac, Montaigu de Quercy (82150) about 7km from Las Razes. The lake at Montaigu is a great day out for families. In July and August there are life-guards. There is a safe paddling area marked out as well as swimming places and even a floating diving pontoon. You can hire peddle boats and at certain times of day there is a water chute open. The beach is lovely and sandy. There are toilets and first aid points. There is a charge for entry in July and August – roughly 3 euro per child and 4 per adult – but for a good day out it is worth it. There is a snack bar (in July and Aug) where you can purchase drinks, chips etc. There is also a Brasserie (in July and Aug) where you can enjoy a full lunch. This does get very busy and so if you intend to eat (overlooking the lake) you should call in when you first arrive and reserve a table. It will get busy at lunchtime. As you are descending down the hill towards Montaigu de Quercy – look out for the signs to the lake on the right hand side. Take this turning and follow for about 1km – you will soon see the car-parking set out under trees. http://vacancesenquercy.free.fr 05 63 32 50 07
L’Auberge de Miramont - Miramont de Quercy (82190) about 4km from Las Razes; easy to find – the only thing really happening in this small village. Lovely terrace and very good value lunch menu. In the evening (also available at lunchtime) there are other set price menus – you are free to mix and match different courses from different menus; each item being separately priced. In the summer season – closed, Saturday lunch time, Tues evening and all Wed. Please book – some English spoken. 05 63 94 65 57www.aubergedemiramont.com
Au P’tit Moissac – Lieu Dit Estripeau, Moissaguel, Touffailles (about 2-3 km) currently only doing midday meals (Mon – Fri) – this may change to evening in the summer. Everyone eats the same food – different every day and the menu is published on the Friday before on the facebook page for ‘tu connais touffailles, tarn et garonne’ or we have a copy here. . Very good food and wine – currently all inclusive – 3 courses, coffee and wine 13,50 euro per head. Very pretty dining room and location. Must book 05 63 39 00 86/06 89 22 25 85.
L’Auberge de Lauzinine – Lacour de Visa (82190) about 6km from Las Razes; situated up on the hill-side between the villages of Bourg de Visa and Lacour de Visa. As you are travelling from Bourg towards Lacour the Auberge is on the left hand side. You turn off the road left and uphill – it is also an equestrian centre – so there will be horses about. There is a direction sheet in the Information Book.
The menu here is the same lunch and evening, based around the cooking of steaks on an open fire (duck, lamb or beef). The Menu Rapide offers the steak of your choice with a huge serving of chips. The other menus have extra courses built in. We prefer to order just a mixed salad to start with and then keep half of this to eat with the steak and chips. This option does not appear on the menu but the staff are happy to oblige. The wine is good value and the whole place whether you are on the terrace or indoors has a great charm. It is not glamorous but is very welcoming and a great place for large groups and children are most welcome. As always we do recommend booking. The staff do not really speak English but are very patient and everyone does manage. A firm favourite with our guests. Summer opening hours – closed Sunday evening and all day Monday. 05 63 95 23 31
Café de France – Montcuq (46800) – about 14 km from Las Razes. Montcuq has a number of bars and restaurants. For dining we would strongly recommend this one. You will find it in the middle of the village with a large chestnut tree shading the terrace. www.cafedefrance-montcuq.com Booking is a must. 05 65 22 52 07. In summer this restaurant is generally open 7/7, English spoken. The Sunday morning market in Montcuq is well worth a visit and the terrace for this restaurant can get very busy. If you are planning to eat – book!!
Café de Centre – Roquecor(82150)– about 10km from Las Razes. A village café/bar with large terrace which is the centre of activity during the summer months; Australian owned and so English is also spoken. Good value/good quality lunches served most days and popular evening meals (sometimes with music) most nights. It is worth checking the website www.caferoquecor.com for details of what is on and opening times, as these do change from month to month. Note Sunday is market day – so if you want to eat lunch do let them know in advance! We strongly recommend booking. 05 63 95 21 78
La Sirene, Montaigu de Quercy (82150) about 8km from Las Razes. Situated in the often missed upper-town; you can either proceed (by car) out of town in the direction of Tournon d’Agenaisand then just as you are leaving town take a sharp right turn and follow the one way road into the old square. Alternatively, park in the large car-park at the bottom of town and then walk up the narrow road that climbs up to the right of the ‘Midi’ bar and restaurant. Do book – especially if you want to be on the very small terrace- 05 63 94 44 82(English spoken)
Midi Bar and Restaurant, Montaigu de Quercy(82150) on the roundabout in Montaigu – a good meeting place for a drink – food served lunch-time and evening – a handy terraceright in the middle of the village. Service can occasionally be slow (on the terrace particularl
y) but food fine. Note busy on Saturdays as it is Market day
Chateau L’hoste, St Beauzeil(82510) near Roquecor (about 20 mins from Las Razes). Lovely surroundings, restaurant and wine bar, please do book. 05 63 95 25 61 www.chateaudelhoste.com Nice place for a celebration meal. Also wine bar open from 6.30 – 9.30 serving platters of food. Do not go too late if you want to eat. Happy hour from 6.30 – 7.30 on Thursdays – wine half price. A good place to try some very nice wines.
Le Moulin de Dausse, Dausse (47140) about 17km from Las Razes – one for the foodies! Open Thurs, Fri and Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime. Booking critical www.moulindedausse.com 05.53.41.26.00 English spoken
La Table des 3 Chavaliers, Lauzerte (in the old square at the top of town). so about 8km from Las Razes. We have found this restaurant to be a great find this year. Dining inside or out on the old town square. Do book if you are going at a popular time or a large party. Good traditional food. 05 63 95 32 69 www.latabledes3chevaliers.fr
Hotel de Quercy, Lauzerte (82110) about 8km from Las Razes. Quite an old-fashioned French-style hotel restaurant. Usually closed Sunday evening and Monday all-day. 05 63 94 66 36 www.hotel-du-quercy.fr
Belvedere Hotel, between Las Razes and Lauzerte (appprox 5km). Not cheap but food and service good – lovely terrace and great views. www.tabledubelvedere.com There is a fixed price menu served at lunchtimes but this is not cheap. Good celebration/special meal venue. 05 63 95 51 10 – always book. Not the easiest place to find - GPS (44.247966, 1.105242) Belvedere, Lauzerte 82110.
There is also a spa at this Hotel - www.spa-terracotta.com
Le Caillau, Vire- sur-Lot, 46700 (about 30 mins from Las Razes) worth a trip out and in summer there is a pottery painting workshop available for children. Superb food – lunch and evening and also afternoon tea - great location. English spoken, do book. Closed Tuesdays (exceptJuly and August when it is open every day- 05 65 23 78 04 www.lecaillau.com - Can combine with a trip to town of Puy L’Eveque- on the River Lot – park near the river and walk up the old streets (steep).
La Cage aux Oiseaux, Montjoi (82400) – about 12 km from Las Razes. Excellent more formal dining, there is a lunchtime set menu – Mon – Friday which is good value. Great place for a celebration but there is no point going unless you have booked. 05 63 29 29 29. Terrace in summer as well as large interior. Some but not a lot of English spoken. Closed Wednesdays. www.lacageauxoiseaux.com On a nice evening it is worth parking in the village car park (turn right and then left into the carpark rather than going under the archway into the village) then walk under the archway to the very far end of the village.
La Terrace, Grezels(46700) About 35 mins from Las Razes, up on the Lot River. Lunch times only – a superb restaurant for a long lunch. Interior dining only. One sitting at 12.30 and the menu is set – very good value 4/5 courses with wine – Sunday slightly longer menu. Usually closed Tuesday. 05 65 21 34 03. Booking is vital. Park in the village car-park (small bridge over the stream) and walk into the village, just as the road bends you will find the restaurant though some gates into a terraced area.
La Baladin, Auvillar (82340) about 35 mins from Las Razes. Auvillar is worth a visit for its architecture, there are a number of restaurants in the summer – our favourite is this one – good value food. If you dine inside you will find furniture hanging from the ceiling – all a bit strange but entertaining. Do book, especially if you are a larger group. 05 63 29 20 32. Sometimes closed Mondays and Tuesday lunch – but this may not be the case in high summer – do check.
Pizza L’Etna, Lauzerte (82110) 8km from Las Razes (8-10 mins). Interior and terrace dining – great vantage point for this busy little part of town (just about opposite the Credit Agricole bank). June to Sept – open 7/7 – do see website for opening hours. 05 63 94 18 60 www.restaurant-pizzeria-lauzerte.com You can also order take-aways from here.
Les Papillons Pizzeria, Montaigu de Quercy 8km from Las Razes (take the first right at the roundabout). Opening hours currently erratic so – please do check before you go and book your table, inside and outside dining available. 05 63 94 40 65- Take away also possible
Restaurant L’Ecole, St Daunes (nr Montcuq 46800) After Montcuq on the road to Cahors. Is also great for pizza type food. Very good reports. Plenty of parking – next to what was the old school building. They also do take away. Their full menu is on the website. www.restolecole.com 09 66 84 46 57. Inside and outside space for eating.
Moissac – there are any number of possibilities, many of them on the semi-pedestrian route to the Abbey. We are not going to make suggestions as the choice is varied. Remember that the market takes place on Saturday and Sunday and so parking is more difficult. However, visiting the market, Abbey and stopping for some lunch is well worthwhile.
Cahors – as with Moissac there are lots of options, so it is worth having a browse and choosing somewhere. Do remember that things will fill up quickly by about 12.30 so what looks like it has plenty of room – it may be a different story in 10 minutes. Generally the easiest way to park for the centre of town is in the Amphitheatre under-ground car-park. There is a cost but the car stays cool.
Agen - large town with lots of choice especially along the many little back streets.
Villeneuve sur Lot – same again really – lots of places – facilities of a town. Just this side of Villeneuve is a place called Penne D’agenais – this is worth a wander through – there are a selection of places to eat – again do not leave it too late to get a table sorted.