SOME RESTAURANTS TO TRY
We find, as a general rule, that restaurants canal side do not offer quite such good value for money as those that are not catering for “one off” visitors. Also, we tend to find that you get much better value for money eating out at lunchtime rather than in the evening. In peak season please note that restaurants can get very busy so it is always advisable to book and check opening hours /days as many restaurants are closed on one or two days a week. Beware, also, that some restaurants don’t take credit cards. Finally don’t forget the French eat early, especially at lunchtime. We have seen people turned away for lunch at 1.30!
These are some of our personal favourites and others that have been recommended but please do check up to date reviews on Trip Advisor as restaurants do sometimes change hands and not always for the better!
Les Trois Petits Cochons - No visit to Mimarmel would be complete without a trip to the “Three Pigs”. The Pigs only serves food at lunchtime and it is very popular with the locals. There is a set menu with usually about four choices for each of three courses. At €13.90 including a ¼l of wine per person it really does represent excellent value. French owned and run.
O’Neills - A relatively new father and son venture and British owned. The family previously ran a very successful restaurant in neighbouring Paraza. A couple of set menus plus a la carte choices means there’s probably something for everyone here. Also screens some live sport events.
L’Oncle Jules – More of a wine bar than a restaurant but they do serve excellent tapas. Only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and can get very busy.
L’Es Pratx – This is first and foremost a wedding venue but if they have any ‘free’ Saturdays during the summer they will sometimes be open for dinner and more often than not have some live music.
A LITTLE FURTHER AFIELD
Le Grillade du Chateau - Ventenac. Informal restaurant catering for all tastes (we’re told the pizzas are very good). They do an excellent ‘Menu du Jour’ at lunch time and walking distance from the villa too if you’d rather drink than drive! Visit the Chateau next door and taste some of the delicious Ventenac wines whilst there and whilst you’re not driving!
L’Escale du Somail – Le Somail. The newest restaurant in Le Somail. We’ve only been there once ourselves but have to say that we were impressed and others have been too! Not the cheapest by any means but worth it for a special meal. You can walk to Le Somail too!
L’O a la Bouche - Le Somail. A firm favourite for some of our guests. Again not the cheapest but it’s canal side and in a popular tourist area!
La Selette – Bize Minervois. Don’t be put off by the location of this restaurant on a fairly busy road. The food is excellent and you very quickly don’t notice the passing traffic.
Le Terminus – Cruzy. Set in an old station this is one of our favourite restaurants. It is also very popular with locals. One of the more expensive restaurants on this list but still excellent value for money, particularly if you have their Menu du Jour at lunchtime.
Le Porquoi Pas – Capestang. This restaurant changed hands recently and for the better. Not the easiest restaurant to find but worth the effort . Small menu but changes regularly. Friendly and welcoming staff.
La Tour Sarrasine – Poilhes. What can we say? Beautiful canal side setting but slightly off the beaten track with only a little passing trade (mainly from boats on the Canal). Food beautifully presented and service excellent.
Restaurant de la Tour – Montardy. Another lovely restaurant with modern decor. Fabulous views out across the vineyards. Wonderful home cooked Menu du Jour at lunchtime. Friendly and attentive service.
En Bonne Compagnie – Homps. Another restaurant by the canal that is very popular with locals and you really wouldn’t think it was English run. Highly recommended if you have an afternoon flight from Carcassonne or want to have a meal before or after a trip on the Canal!
Chez Modeste – Puicheric. A small and fairly basic looking restaurant but the food is all beautifully home cooked and is very popular with the locals. They offer a Menu du Jour on a Saturday too which is not often the case.
Le Moulin de Trebes – Trebes. Perfect all year round and fabulous food and wine. If you are travelling to and from Carcassonne airport this is another great place to stop for a meal but also a destination in its own right. Situated right on the Canal du Midi you can enjoy your meal whilst watching the comings and goings through the locks!
Restaurant Le Bel Minervois – Olonzac. A family run restaurant that is typically French and has never disappointed. They offer a lovely Menu du Jour.
Les Jardins de Bages – Bages. Lovely setting opposite the Mairie. A fairly basic restaurant but lovely food and good value. There is another restaurant just opposite (Les Beaux Arts) which on our last visit to Bages was closed for renovation (June 2018) but it may be open again now!
O Vieux Tonneaux – Peyriac. We haven’t yet had the chance to eat at this restaurant (we’ve visited for coffee) but we have it on good authority that it should be on this list!
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