Baby, Toddler and Child Friendly Holidays in South West France
Food & Wine


Food. Time to indulge!

The Lot is renowned for its Gastronomy, it has its own magazine Bonne Table du lot and is proud of its tradition and heritage when it comes to food and wine.

Eating out is an experience in itself and children are always welcome.

La Recreation

A firm favourite and one that many of our returning Pagelians go back to year after year after year.

It is set on the edge of a medieval village 10 minutes from Pagel in an old school house and is run by Noel who speaks very good English. The food is almost as good as Le Gindreau but the atmosphere is more relaxed as you sit outside under the Wisteria or open sided barn and choose from a fantastic menu of four courses. They offer children’s set menu which they serve with your starter and they deliver fresh chicken breast and chips with ketchup so the little ones are happy as you enjoy a gastronomic experience.

It is just the most perfect place to have a long lazy lunch or a beautiful venue for an evening meal.

Booking is essential. Tel: 05 6522 8808

Le Gindreau

Our local Michelin star restaurant and one of the Bonne tables du Lot top restaurants to visit. Le Gindreau is only15 minutes drive from Pagel and is set on the edge of a medieval village set facing west with beautiful sunsets it is the perfect place to sit and have a glass of champagne as you choose from the amazing menu. Eating here is an experience in itself with the Sommelier looking like Peter Ustinov and the Owners wife so graceful almost floating as she glides effortlessly through ensuring all is well.

The food is our of this world as are the wines and it is the perfect place for Dinner” a deux” however they do have a children’s menu as the French often bring their little ones out for meals in restaurants such as this.

Booking is essential.

Some more fabulous restaurants and eateries

  • St Medard De Catus – Le Gindreau. Tel: 0565 36 22 27
    An amazing experience not to be missed – must book.
  • Les Arques – La Recreation
    Tel: 0565 228808
    Fantastic food in an old school, five course mouthwatering experience and they positively encourage you to bring the children by providing chips and ketchup whilst you eat
    Lobster ravioli..! Must book!
  • Peyrilles – Restaurant Mourgues
    Tel: 0565 310105
    Ten minutes drive. Good local cuisine in a lovely village.
  • Cazals – Auberge de la Place
    Tel: 0565 228696
  • Route Cahors – Chateau Mercues
    Relais ET Chateaux tel:0565200001
    Very smart, quite expensive.
  • Cahors – La Vinois
    Tel: 0565 305360
    Superb modern food, a special night out!! Excellant
  • Salviac – La Casserole
    Tel: 0565 415787
    Traditional bistro in gorgeous village. Good food.
  • Cahors – Le Marche
    Tel: 0565 352727
    Fantastic light and modern restaurant in the market square.
  • St Denis Catus – Le Claux
    Tel: 0565 215410
    Good local auberge ideal for families as has a garden basic menu.
  • Domme – Auberge de la Rode
    Tel: 0553 283697
    Lovely place for a leisurely lunch, excellent garlic soup. Very child friendly.
  • St Cirq Lapopie – Le Gourmet Quercynois
    Tel: 0565 312234
    Elegant meal in a lovely place, top village to visit.
  • Montpazier – Hotel Londres
    Tel: 0553 226064
    Good food, very child friendly, great for sitting outside in a Bastide village (very famous).
  • Caix – Le Capitaine
    A wonderful riverside Auberge local restaurant with canoeing next door. A wonderful setting and great food, little ones can run and play.
  • Padirac – Auberge De Mathieu
    Tel: 0565 336468
    Super place for lunch on a trip to the Gouffre De Padirac.
  • Catus – The Auberge in Catus
    Tel: 0565 238227
    Only 5 minutes down the road, grilled meat a speciality, good with little ones.


Cahor is the capital of the Malbec grape

“The Noble Vineyards grace the river terraces on either bank of the River Lot” Source:

Cahors has a fascinating but somewhat turbulent history. The vineyards were amongst the first planted in France by the Roman Emperors more than two thousand years ago. At up to 15% Cahors wine is not only the darkest but one of the strongest wines that can be available. Cahors wines are the perfect accompaniment to the cuisine of the South West – foie gras, breast or confit of duck, and Quercy Farm lamb. They can also be served with a Carpaccio of scallops, potatoes and truffles.

There are over 200 Domaines and Chateaux in the area but we have chosen a few of our favourites below. It is possible to follow a Wine trail along the River Lot and it is a wonderful day out. Almost all sell wine direct to the public and will offer you advice, a guide to the vintages and a degustation and some will even offer a tour of the vineyards.

Chateau De Mercues (20 minutes drive)

Open daily to the public and commands the skyline above Cahors. It is one the grand Marques.

Chateau Lagrezette (20 minutes drive)

Is a private residence but the Vineyard is open daily.

Chateau de Chambert

One of the very best local wines and is 35 km west of Cahors, they offer degustation.

Chateau Eugenie (15 minutes drive)

One of Mark and Lara’s favourites and set near the village of Albas, it is open Monday to Friday in July and August.

Further info

Wine guide maps can be provided at Pagel or found in the local Tourist offices in every village and town nearby and the main tourist office for the region will hold the dates for all the Fetes, markets and events region wide.

The Local tourist office for pagel  –
The main tourist office for the region –


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Guestbook comments

Another excellent relaxing week at Pagel with our 6 and 3 year olds. Kids ran wild, made friends and stayed up late while us adults relaxed.

Kara, John, Sophie and Matthew - July 2015