FOOD and DRINK
Miramont de Guyenne is a delightful quiet French bastide small town with a tourist office and most amenities. The boulangeries and small supermarket are open on Sunday mornings. It has a very good market on Mondays.
Eymet, a little further and to the north, is very popular with a pretty square and a small ruined castle, and also has a regular market on Thursdays and a night market on Tuesday in the height of the season. In Eymet you hear a considerable amount of English in the summer and in Miramont you hear more French.
There are accessible markets to visit almost every day – look out for wine and jazz festivals, barn sales, concerts etc. Tourist offices have lots on offer. Issigeac market should not be missed.
There is a shopping complex 3 kilometres away, just outside St Pardoux Isaac with almost everything you might need. Intermarche is a big supermarket including provisions that are peculiar to Spain, Holland and the UK. Pharmacist, Optician, Car servicing and accessories, Petrol, Laudrette & Drycleaning, and a DIY store.
Spoilt for choice for wine, and apart from the supermarket huge choice and value, there are very good “Caves” for wine in Eymet and Miramont.
Take your own big plastic container and enjoy local wine at approximately 2.00 per litre. Loads of vineyards around – Duras, Montbazailliac, Bergerac, and further afield St Emilion, Pomerol, Castillon la Bataille and the Medoc beyond Bordeaux.
There is access to canoeing, tennis, and golf. Tennis and minigolf are very near at St Pardoux where [pre-booked] tennis/mini-golf is not expensive. A 9-hole golf course is at nearby Tombeboeuf – you can hire clubs. There is a top-class golf and country club at the Château des Vigiers, just 45 minutes north and at Villeneuve sur Lot as well as a number of other courses at Marmande, Casteljaloux and near Bergerac.
Bastide towns abound all with interesting histories and there are a many picturesque rivers and villages all worthy of investigation.
Raffet is situated in one of many local valleys that are particularly beautiful with a variety of agriculture including sunflowers, wheat, barley, maize and soya, and plantations of prunes, hazelnuts, cherries and many high points from which to take in the wonderful views.
Eating out can be very reasonable Seyches, Sauvetat du Dropt, Eymet, Duras, Lauzun, Monteton and Allemans have good restaurants.
In Eymet, the upmarket pizza restaurant is a lovely place to spend an evening watching the world go by, or competing for your custom are the excellent Creperie, the new Peruvian or traditional french restaurants all in or nearby.
There is also a petrol station, car wash, pharmacy and Roady [cars etc], at the same complex as the Intermarché supermarket.
Also Provision & Petrol at the Carrefour supermarket just outside Eymet on the Bergerac road.