Feel free to challenge me, but there is no more delicious goat’s cheese than Rocamadour Fermier, made at the Ferme Cazal in Loubressac, and served with warm honey. Have lunch in the Restaurant Lou Cantou in Loubressac, with a view reaching out across the stunning Causse de Gramat, and finish your meal with the cheese; you’ll see what I mean.
To be fair, there are a number of farms producing Rocamadour goat’s cheese, and they are all delicious.
The charming village of Loubressac commands a heart-warming view of the lush Dordogne and Bave valleys, its narrow and sinuous village lanes converging on a shady square that the Romanesque church of St-Jean-Baptiste dominates. The medieval houses, topped with antique tiles, turn golden coloured in the evening sun and encourage you to linger and explore; many have decorative balconies and painted shutters. And yet, compact as it is, the village has a surprising number of delightful twists and turns.
To add to its charm, Loubressac has twice been awarded the accolade of the finest ‘village fleuri’ in the Midi-Pyrenees. It is the sort of village that evokes another time, another place, and a bygone era where everything seems to be at peace – even though it wasn’t always. Visiting walkers will find that a number of trails radiate from the village centre into the verdant countryside. Anyone seeking away-from-it-all-ness will find it here.
Close by and well worth a visit are the villages of Autoire and Carennac
Tourist office website: www.vallee-dordogne.com
Dr Terry Marsh has written extensively for magazines and produced guidebooks for walkers to the French Pyrenees and the French Alps. He blogs at Love French Food…