There’s this little gem in the southwest of France called Périgueux. Up until a few years ago it was a hidden gem that I knew nothing about, but thankfully that’s changed. I say thankfully because this is the land of duck and truffles, and seriously delicious gastronomy. If you want to spend a few days soaking up the sunshine in the French countryside whilst gorging on magret de canard I highly recommend hightailing it out to the region. I usually go in July or August; you won’t be guaranteed great weather all of the time but it’s still beautiful even when the rain falls, and what better reason to huddle inside to play scrabble whilst snacking on some wine & cheese? As you’ve probably noted it’s all about the food, so don’t bother trying to cut the carbs or watch your weight when you’re there.
One of the best places not to watch your weight at is the hotel Le Vieux Logis in Tremolat. As a self-confessed foodie I’ve eaten in lots of restaurants and I can say with confidence this is one of the best. That’s not hyperbole. If you can, and if the weather is on your side, ask for a table outside under the stunning canopy of trees. Go for lunch so you can enjoy the verdant surroundings and order the ‘tapas lunch’. At €49 for three starters, two mains, cheese and three desserts, albeit in ‘degustation portions’ it’s seriously good value. It’s also seriously yum.
We went this past summer for the third time and it didn’t disappoint. I’m not one for overblown food fads but the deconstructed gazpacho was lovely. Perfect scarlet spheres that exploded with tomato consommé, smooth, chilled cucumber sorbet and toasted cubes of sourdough.
The other courses were equally delicious but my favourite was the pistachio panacotta with strawberry ice cream. That in itself was worth the trip.
The menu at Le Vieux Logis varies so I can’t promise you’ll get the miniature Belgian waffle with thick, glossy chocolate sauce, or the vichyssoise with truffle. However I can promise you’ll have a wonderful meal in a beautiful setting, whatever they serve.