In the rugby-mad town of Beziers, La Charniere is the perfect place to hang-out and watch the 6 Nations rugby tournament. It is also the only place in the South of France to get a decent beer. La Charnier is run by Johnny Howard, a former Rugby player who starred for Northampton, Bayonne and Beziers. The term charnier is used in Rugby to describe the No 9 (Scrum-half) and No 10 positions (Fly-half) - of which Howard was a fine exponent.
Johnny's Bar - La Charniere restaurant Beziers
If you want simple, good tasting food, washed down with a nice beer or glass of wine, then La Charniere in the centre of Beziers is the place to go. La Charniere was opened by Johnny Howard 4 years ago and I always enjoy going here. Johnny is a really top-guy, he always has a smile on his face and always spending time to chat with the customers. We take our boys to La Charniere because they love the gourmet burgers. My eldest boy (Cameron) plays rugby for Pezenas and Johnny is always winding him up about being the slowest No 5 in France.
If you are visiting La Charniere, I would recommend either the Fish and Chips, the gourmet burgers or the Steaks. If you are visiting Beziers, La Charniere is one of the few places with a bit off life to it. There is always a crowd in the bar and during the rugby season Johnny has the rugby matches playing in the downstairs wine cellar.