Le Petit Maine right next to the church in rue St. Catherine in Bergerac is a small, family-style restaurant serving good quality food at reasonable prices.

I came across Le Petit Maine by chance while browsing the market last Saturday morning. Didier the owner, was putting out the menu board in front of the restaurant and we got chatting. He was a happy, chappy and explained that he cooked everything from fresh. The lure of a cassoulet was enough for my partner to book a table for lunch and off we went to finish off our Christmas shopping in the meantime.

When we came back to the restaurant, there was a sign in the window to say it was full. A good sign, we hoped, and we were not disappointed.

With the three-course set menu for 19€50 I had grilled Cabecou on toast with salad for a starter followed by oven baked Seabass with smashed potatoes and then an apple tart with a Monbazillac jelly. My partner had a homemade rabbit pâté with hazelnuts followed by the Cassoulet (that he paid a little extra for as his main course) finished off with a plate of four different cheeses. Alternatively, he could have chosen a pork knuckle with lentils, the fish or half a magret de canard with a honey sauce from the set menu. The food was good and tasty with absolutely no frills.

There is an extensive wine list featuring a lot of the local vineyards.

Cassoulet is served every Saturday morning at Le Petit Maine.

The décor in Le Petit Maine is basic and a little out-dated but for me, but that was actually part of its charm. The service was efficient and friendly and it was obvious to see that Didier, the chef, took great pride in his work and enjoyed doing the rounds of the tables to have a chat with his customers. Everyone had their turn! When it came to ours and it was mentioned that I am English, the conversation rapidly turned to rugby and I glazed over while Didier and my partner enjoyed a quick chat about the world cup.

My verdict on Le Petit Maine is that it was a pleasure to find a charming, authentic little restaurant serving freshly cooked food with pride.

Tel: 0553234419

Menus are posted regularly on their Facebook Page.