Guide to accessibility in the Dordogne for our guests
LOCAL RESTAURANTS/BARS AND SHOPS
General The larger towns like Périgueux and tourist hot-spots such as Brantôme have several places to eat, both at lunchtimes and in the evenings. In rural France, people tend to eat out more at lunchtime and so it is worth checking the following restaurants’ opening times. Unless sshown otherwise, the restaurants shown below have ground floor and outdoor seating but do not have accessible toilets.
Rather than keep telling you about the toilet accessibility, I will show the restaurant name in green.
Sarrazac Popn 300 5 minutes (20 mins walk)
A quiet little village with a brand new store, just below the Mairie, "La Sarrazacoise". It is small but does stock bread and a fair selection of other necessities. Chez Marie Open at lunchtime every weekday, Marie-France tends to open early evenings for drinks only but at a day or two’s notice, she will provide an evening meal. Steep steps up to the front door render it inaccessible to wheelchairs, a great shame as her food is excellent and she is a most welcoming hostess.
Jumilhac-le-Grand Popn 1,200 10 minutes Market Wednesday This is our nearest tourist destination, with a château originally built in the 13th century but most of the existing structure is 17th century.
It is also the best place to buy your bread, the boulangerie is just off the main square, opposite a small but quite well-stocked "Proxi" supermarket. It also has a small and friendly Office de Tourisme, our nearest one. Lou Boueiradour
http://www.boueiradour.com/ This bar and restaurant is situated in the square at Jumilhac-le-Grand, it has outside tables and is an ideal location from which to admire the château. The prices are reasonable and children are welcome (children's menu available), they can play safely in the square. La Normande This is a bar that does also serve food, more snacks and main courses than full meals. It is on a one-way street to the right of the château and has an outside seating area with views of the side of the château and the river valley below.
St-Yrieix-la-Perche Popn 7,500 20 minutes Market Friday/Saturday (alternate) The 2nd largest town in the Haute-Vienne Department of Limousin, it’s been an important centre for porcelain and medicine for many years. It is probably the best place for you to get your supplies, with larger supermarkets than Thiviers and has a pleasant town centre. There are several places to eat in St Yrieix, we can supply directions and also give advice on accessibility if this is an issue. Recommendations are based on a combination of our and others’ experiences, if you have any dietary concerns or preferences, please ask. La Tour Blanche http://www.latourblanche87.com/ This new hotel is on the D704, just above St Yrieix. It has a brasserie and restaurant – from what we could see, the menus are the same but it seems that you pay extra for the ambiance of the restaurant. The brasserie’s décor is modern, with some tables outside on the verandah, but the food is excellent and there are nice views of the leisure lake and viaduct.
All areas are fully accessible. Vice Versa This is a new restaurant in Place de la Nation, the square at the south side of the town centre and being new is accessible. I nearly said “fully” then but the decked al fresco area is raised, with a couple of steps onto it. There is even a low step into the main restaurant, difficult for smaller wheels on some electric chairs.
Excellent food and a varied menu. L0renzos A pizzeria in the town centre with some outside seating. A la Bonne Cave
In the town centre, just up the lane from Lorenzos, towards the church. It has outside seating and we have had good reports about the food.
Thiviers Popn 3,500 15 minutes Market Saturday Our nearest town is a little rough at the edges but the centre has had some recent renovation work, the square in the centre is completely transformed and certainly worth a visit on market days.
Not as well served as St Yrieix for restaurants and because it is so close, we rarely eat out in Thiviers. La Cuisine
http://la-cuisine-thiviers.blogspot.fr/ A new restaurant, the front entrance has a small step, difficult for heavier electric wheelchairs. Report to follow…. L’Epicurien New restaurant in the square near Simply Market, a ramp leads up to the restaurant and some of the outside tables are at street level. Open for lunch only Monday to Friday, it is popular with the locals and has excellent reviews. Château de Mavaleix http://www.chateau-mavaleix.com/ An excellent restaurant in a stunning location, this is about 10km north of Thiviers, just off the N21. Pricier than most of the recommendations in this guide but worth it for a special occasion. It is all on one level but there are one or two single steps in the restaurant itself. The Fiddlers Rest Irish Bar/Restaurant http://www.thefiddlersrest.com/ Another one out of town, on the left as you enter the hamlet “Maison Rouge” on the RN21, 8km north of Thiviers. Tuesday to Saturday 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm. (Open Mondays in July and August). Sunday 12 noon to 9.00 pm. Again, maybe not everyone’s idea of French cuisine, though they do include some local dishes, but we can highly recommend the food and ambiance provided by Jo and Ronan. Incidentally, though it is an Irish themed bar, it is frequented by many French people, who enjoy “the craic” as well. There is the odd step once inside the restaurant but if you let them (or me) know you need a more easily accessible table, they will be glad to help.