Saturday, 25 July 2015

Puy L'Évêque

Puy L'Évêque - church at top of hill

Puy L'Évêque is a little town in the Lot region of France. It's name apparently translates to Bishop's Hill – there is certainly a big church on the top of the hill.  Less than 3000 people live there.

It was market day on the day we visited so the traffic was a bit mad.  We found a park quite close to the information centre and grabbed a map and headed out on foot.

Puy L'Évêque - small, narrow steep roads

Despite the map I managed to get us lost – the town has very steep contours – that's my excuse anyway!

You find floral displays like this all over the place

It was almost lunchtime but none of the places we saw appealed.  We ended up going back to the car and driving back to where the market was – now over so we parked in the square and found a restaurant in a hotel on one side of the square.
View from lunch down river Lot

It was 1.30pm, so we were lucky to be accepted because lunch starts very strictly at 12 for the French.  And the unexpected bonus was that the dining room had a stunning view from up high down to the Lot river and across the countryside.

View up river from lunch

We had the set menu which was fine – but maybe not spectacular.  For the first course you could choose melon with ham or a terrine of blood sausage, onions and apples, or a mixed salad.  The main course was a beef skewer on a bed of mashed potato and some aubergine and courgette.  We did have one glass of wine (for me) and 2 coffees – total cost 42.50 Euros.

Another feature of the town was the incongruous sight of a Kiwi Café named Café Pukeko – a New Zealand native bird.  We didn't get to try it out because they had closed for the afternoon.  

View from Cafe Pukeko - the place we had lunch can be seen at the top left - a rectangle of dark looking glass
It was located on the other side of the river from the hotel where we had lunch and also had great views across the river to the old town. 

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