Gourmet Dordogne; some of the Dordogne's best restaurants

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The Dordogne is full of fabulous restaurants to suit all price ranges. From freshly produced and beautifully cooked 12-13 euro lunch menus to some top-class gastronomic treats. These are some of our favourite gourmet restaurants for foodies looking to visit the Dordogne with food being a priority.

Le Vieux Logis, Tremolat

Vieux Logis Hotel and Restaurant, TremolatA beautiful setting in the charming little village of Tremolat. The restaurant is set in a gorgeous 16th century priory which has been converted into a luxury 4 star hotel.

The restaurant is in a beautiful large room with exposed stone walls and wooden beams and an attractive balcony above the seating area. Alternatively on a sunny day you can sit in the lovely gardens.

The Vieux Logis has an 85 euro menu for 5 courses (65 euros for 4 courses), or a 50 euro menu du marché with 3 courses (no choices, Mon - Fri only) or a gourmet menu of 105 euros of 6 courses specially prepared by the chef. There is also an 'a la carte' menu.

One of our favourites is the tapas menu available Mondays to Fridays. It costs 45 euros and you get 3 starters, 2 main courses, cheese, 3 deserts all in taster sizes.

The Vieux Logis has one Michelin star.

Opposite the hotel the Vieux Logis also has a Bistro Restaurant called 'Le Bisto de la Place' which has a tasty  Menu Bistro with 3 courses (no choices) or a 3 course 'Tout canard' menu with a choice of 2 options for each course - all duck apart from the deserts.

Address: Le Vieux Logis, 24510 Tremolat; tel: 05 53 22 80 06

Les Fresques Restaurant, Monestier

Les Fresques Restaurant, Chateau des VigiersThe Les Fresques Restaurant is housed in the east wing of the beautiful Chateau des Vigiers, an attractive castle dating back to the 12th and 16th centuries.

The restaurant has just been awarded its first, well-deserved Michelin star. In the kitchen designed by Michel Roux of the Waterside Inn in Bray, UK, the head chef, Didier Casaguana and his team produce wonderful meals which make the most of fresh seasonal produce and local specialities.

The menu changes every week but specialities include dishes such as 'Escalope de foie de canard poêlée, liquoreux de carotte aux zestes de citron vert, cerfeuil et noisettes'.

There is a 3 course gourmet menu for 55 euros and a 5 course discovery menu costing 75 euros. There is also of course an 'a la carte' menu.

The restaurant is in a beautiful room decorated with wall frescoes, or, on a warm evening you can dine 'al fresco' on the terrasse overlooking the lake and castle grounds.

As well as the Les Fresques restaurant there is a brasserie, 'Le Chai'; housed in an ancient wine-making building. Menus in Le Chai range from 25-29 euros.

Of course the Chateau des Vigiers also has an excellent golf course and a very nice spa.

Address: Les Fresques, Chateau des Vigiers, 24240 Monestier; tel: 05 53 61 50 00

Le Grand Bleu, Sarlat

Sarlat is one of our favourite places in the Dordogne and what better way to cap a perfect day than a dinner in this Michelin starred restaurant. The restaurant is on the edge of the town centre and does not have the charm of Le Vieux Logis or Les Fresques but the food is excellent.

Maxime Lebrun and his team select local ingredients and specialities where possible and the food is beautifully presented.

At lunchtime there are two menus: the Menu du Marché with an entrée, meat or fish dish and desert for 36 euros; or the 50 euro version with the meat and fish dish.

For dinner there is a Menu degustation costing 105 euros for 4 courses or 125 euros for 5 courses.

Menus change with the season but could include mouth-watering delights such as 'Foie gras cuit à la grenade, gingembre et coriandre, compotée de papaye et patate douce, granité de vin de noix'.

Address: Le Grand Bleu, 43 Avenue de la Gare, 24200 Sarlat-la-Caneda; tel: 05 53 31 08 48

L'Essential, Perigueux

Perigueux is another incredible town in the Dordogne and has a number of excellent restaurants. One of its best is the Michelin starred L'Essential. The chef Eric Vidal worked at a number of top restaurants before opening his own in Perigueux.

Menus at L'Essential include specialities of the Perigord region with an innovative touch given by Eric Vidal.

Menus start at 43 euros for the 3 course 'Gourmand' menu with 3-4 options to choose from for each course.  From the same menu 4 courses are availble for 58 euros and a cheese course can be added to either option for a supplement.

Or, there is a 62 euro 3 course menu (77 euros for 4 courses).

At the time of writing this included a delicious 'Demi homard bleu snacké à l’huile d’olive, les sucs des carapaces au Monbazillac, des légumes de saison aux amandes grillées'. 

Address: L'Essential, 8 rue de la Clarté, 24000 Perigueux; tel: 05 53 35 15 15