Auberge de Layotte

Auberge de Layotte (Tursac)

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Here in the heart of the Périgord countryside just 10 kilometers from Les Eyzies, Régis Cagnadre is at one with nature. Seated in the rustic dining room (original tiling, straw-bottomed chairs, all kinds of utensils hung on the walls) or around the communal table on the terrace, the jovial Creuse native terroir-izes his guests with authentic country cooking. The day we went for lunch, the massive menu included: a reinvigorating carrot, potato, bacon and broad bean soup, served with day-old bread that you rub garlic on yourself (chabrot is encouraged as well); an incredible wild boar terrine with a Soissons bean salad and thinly sliced home-smoked ham; a little duck confit, in passing; and memorable sautéed veal paired with potatoes cooked in duck fat; before an unfussy but flawless walnut cake served with homemade jams – elderberry, pine, sorrel, green tomato… All insanely good! // G.D.

FEELING THIRSTY? Included in the tasting menu: the apéro (a dandelion wine), as much as you want of the red table wine (a Bergerac from Julien de Savignac), coffee and a gentian liqueur! Otherwise, there’s a Bergerac white from Les Jardins de Cyrano (€10 a bottle), or a Pécharmant from Le Clos Montalbanie (€15).

PRICE: Set menu €36, kids’ menu €12.

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