Bonjour from the UK!
I’ve now landed back in rainy England after the most incredible holiday in the Aquitaine region of Southern France. After sitting down and looking at all my holiday snaps and places I’ve been exploring, I’ve realised that we packed so much into our 10 day trip that one post may not be enough to share the beauty of Bergerac with y’all. So this is the first post which is dedicated to one of the BEST things about visiting France, the incredible food!
Who doesn’t love wine, croissants and French patisserie delights, am I right folks?
I have broken this post down into the three French towns that we spent the most time in, enjoy!
Don Camillo- The prettiest place for a drink and a rest
Orangina always tastes better in France, definitley my drink of choice for the majority of this holiday!
We came here a few times after visiting the Duras market as it is in the square just beside the hustle and bustle of the rows of market stalls (more on this in my next post which will be coming soon!)
We never actually had a meal here but the pizzas that they were serving looked delicious and seemed to be high in demand!
Hostellerie des Ducs- Our favourite restaurant (possibly ever!)
The first time we came here was for lunch and we loved it so much that we also had dinner on our last evening here too, such a fab way to end the holiday. Wait until you see the food!
Even the table settings were gorgeous…
Before our starters we were given a selection of amuse-bouche, these are bite sized starters you eat before your meal. These included tiny buns with fresh smoked salmon, cheese and chutney crackers with walnut, and tomato bread which were such a lovely touch to the meal.
Fresh lobster- starter
Tuna steak with avocado and salad garnish- starter
(You can probably tell that me and my family love a bit of seafood!)
After our starters we were given a small shot glass filled with sorbet and a shot of gin! Apparently this was to cleanse the palette before our main courses, it was incredibly strong but if you are a gin lover then you’re in your element!
Roast duck with poached pear and carrot tart- main course
Not only did the food look and taste incredible but the aesthetic of the restaurant was lush too. (I didn’t take any photos inside when we were eating as it was not the kind of place where people were using phones or cameras)
There is the most gorgeous display of flowers outside on the terrace where we were served our coffees at the end of our meal, which came with a mini crème brûlée each much to my delight!
Even the more simple dishes came so beautifully presented… Ananas- fresh pineapple and sorbet- dessert
The palm leaves hanging over the white wash walls and the rustic shutters on the terrace added even more to the summer vibes of this lovely place…
Lemon tart served with lemon sorbet and merangue with a candied lemon slice – dessert
Coffee choux bun and cream served with coffee ice cream and merangue- dessert
This was about the tenth trip to Southern France that my family and I have taken so we have eaten out in a large range of French restaurants but we all agreed that this was the best we’d ever eaten at in France, perhaps even in general!
Eymet Night Market: Crêpes
How can you go to France and not have a crêpe?!
My flavour of choice was La Chocolat, divine! My family also had L’Aciduleé (lemon and sugar) and La Miel (honey) and really enjoyed these also!
Les Colonnes- The Pizzeria that you MUST try
The pizza I chose was La Rein- a cheese and tomato base with olives and mushrooms, which was freshly made and the base was incredibly thin and crispy. We also shared a salad and home made chips between us which were also delicious. They had a lot of other choice as well as their amazing pizzas, my family also recommend the calzone and the chicken burger!
My next post will have more pictures of the stunning French scenery from the vineyards and sunflower fields to the market scenes and the beautiful villa we stayed in so look out for that!
Thanks so much for reading, please let me know if you enjoyed this post! Also let me know if you have any similar posts about holidays and food you loved this summer!
Have you seen part two and three of this series?!
Part Two: Sunflowers, Sunsets and the BEST Villa
Part Three: The Market Towns You Will Fall in Love With
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