Southern France Restaurant Guide
Thursday 14 July 2005, by
Here is a very personal guide to eating out in the Herault.
1.The Languedoc pulls down the shutters and hibernates during its short winter. Check first whether the restaurant you want to go to is open.
2. French factory law heritage means that unlike their Spanish neighbours French stomachs work to a strict time schedule 12:00 - 14:00 lunch 20:00- 21:30 (latest) dinner do not dilly dally or you will be disappointed and hungry.
Apres la Deluge
5 RUE MAR PLANTAVIT Pezenas 04 67 98 10 77
This used to be recognised as one of the top restaurants in Pezenas, good food, nice ambience with honky tonk piano often playing in the background, friendly but slow service. Limited choice menus range down in price from their 35 euro ’Menu de Terroir’. Slightly disappointed on a recent visit and think that it is wiser to visit in the off season.
COUR LES PALMIERS 10 BIS MERCIERE Pezenas 04 67 09 42 56
Hidden away in the old town, this restaurant is not open in the winter months as all seating is in an open courtyard. An interesting menu making good use of spices. Well worth a visit.
Le Nouveau Printemps
2 RUE CALQUIERES BASSES, Pezenas 04 67 98 12 71
On the corner at the end of the antique shops road and below the big parking, this restaurant is run by the ex owner of the Auberge du Chateau in Margon. Very good food at resonable prices. Well worth a visit.
5 PLACE LEDRU ROLLIN, Pezenas 04 67 98 19 96
Good food well presented makes this restaurant, near the Stephenson Cafe in Pezenas’s main market street, a lunchtime delight.
2 PLACE GAMBETTA, Pezenas 04 67 98 25 11
Jovial host, good friendly service, good food, huge portions (if fish is your favourite dish, avoid eating for at least two days before ordering their huge and varied fish platter!), good service. This restaurant is in the square with the tourist office in the old town.
Rue Aristide Rouzière, Pezenas 04 67 21 33 08
Very friendly service, nice atmosphere, not many tables but generous servings and inventive cuisine all at reasonable prices. Suits meat eaters and vegetarians This restaurant is habit forming. Just behind the post office.
Hostellerie de Saint Alban
31 ROUTE AGDE Nézignan l’Evêque 04 67 98 11 38
Gastronomic restaurant, good food and presentation, good friendly service, quite pricy. Pleasant setting.
PLACE EGLISE Magalas 04 67 36 20 82
Bought up the old Boucherie and Magalas now boasts a gourmet restaurant. Good food good wine, chefs in white and flashing kitchen knives now the style! Worth a visit, book early because it is booked up a long way ahead and try to persuade a rich uncle to pay, cos it is not light on the pocket...
Restaurant La Maison
9 AVENUE LA GARE Tourbes 04 67 98 86 95
Honest food, good wine, friendly service, sometimes live music.Restaurant worth visiting.
Auberge de la Tour
AVENUE PEZENAS Valros 04 67 98 52 01
Very good traditional French cooking a ’terroir’ restaurant. Good service and good wine list.