We first arrived in Saint-Martin-de-Gurson in 2004 and I’ve always thought that it was never quite finished. Over the last few years the church has been cleaned, the Mairie and Salle des Fêtes have been restored and the roads have been improved, with the addition of a well, so that it now looks like a beautiful Dordogne village to match any of those in the area.
We have been without a bar restaurant in the village for the last four (or five?) years but now the new “Gursons” bar restaurant has capped off the renovation. The interior is clean and modern, with an open plan while retaining the character of the bar. It’s a credit to the people who have been involved in the restoration. I’m delighted that the staff are French because, after all, we are in France. That said, it appeals to both French and British visitors. This afternoon, the only English voices I heard were at a dinner table outside after lunch.
The menu is simple with (today) choices of Salade Périgordine, Entrecôte, Magret and “Fish and Ships”. There is also a sharing tapas option in the bar for 10 euros.
My first visit was great, with excellent food. The second was not so good with a tough entrecôte and a less impressive version of the starter (oeufs parfait). However, I understand that improvements are on the way.