The Clau del Loup is located among the rolling green landscapes of the beautiful Lot region, and its stone facade and peaceful shady gardens make for a stunning setting.
The restaurant is decorated in an elegant fashion, the style quite Italian, with a display of antique perfume bottles and modern art, crisp white tablecloths and minimal table decor, prizing the food as the main attraction.
I chose a typical aperitif of the Lot region, a 'Fénelon', which is a mixture of the dark Cahors wine, a creme de cassis and liqueur de noisette. I would highly recommend it as it was a surprisingly delicious melange and not too sweet, which is what I was slightly apprehensive about.
The waiter was very attentive and willing to explain the menu, however we felt he was overly stiff and uptight which made the ambiance a little uncomfortable seeing as we were the only ones in the restaurant. Later on 3 more tables were filled, but we found the atmosphere unfortunately quite pretentious. Another critique would be the music, which was a mixture of classical and opera- we heard the same few songs over and over- a suggestion would be to have a few more CD's to play!
However, the main attraction of a restaurant is its food, and on this I cannot fault the Clau del Loup. I particularly appreciated the small touches such as the delicious olives and bread, as well as the refreshing carrot puree which was bought before and between courses which was very attentive.
Do leave some room for a dessert, as these are particularly delicious (and I am not usually a dessert person). The Charoltte au fraises was my choice. Bon appetit!
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