x l entre potsIf you are looking for a good place to eat in Languedoc, then follow the Go Languedoc guide to the best bistros and restaurants in Languedoc. As we are based in the Languedoc and we enjoy our 'tucker', we thought that we would pass on some of our tips of the best Languedoc restaurants we have eaten in.

cookery365If you are on holiday in the South of France and you want to undertake an activity for all the family, then there is an excellent French cookery school on the banks of the Canal du Midi near Carcassonne, which offers one day classic French cookery lessons. The cookery school is run by Heather Hayes and her husband David Crago and is located in the former stables of the splendid Domaine de Millepetit, just 50 meters from the banks of the Canal du Midi.

noilly pratNoilly Prat is one of the claim to fames of Marseillan, a nice little coastal town in Languedoc. For the last 200 years it has been the home of the Noilly Prat distillerie that produces this famous French vermouth drink. Noilly Prat is most famously used as the base for Dry Martini. The Noilly Pratt factory is located on the edge of the harbour in Marseillan in South France, close to Cap d'Adge. The original Noilly Prat dry vermouth was invented back in 1813. It is a straw coloured drink that uses around 20 different local herbs and ingredients.

la colombe d or 366bThe Colombe d’Or restaurant in St Paul de Vence, France, is a famous old French restaurant that has welcomed a whole host of famous diners during its 95 year history. La Colombe d’Or restaurant was opened by Paul Roux and his wife Titine in 1920 as a fairly humble café bar. During the 1950's, La Colombe d’Or restaurant attracted a loyal following from artists and actors, such as Picasso, Marc Chagall, the Spanish artist, Joan Miro; the French film star, Yves Montand; Fernan Leger, Georges Braque and the American sculptor, Alexander Calder.

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At the foot of the Montagne-Noire (Black Mountains) and covering the picturesque Orb valley, the Saint-Chinian wine appellation was formed in 1982 to group together the wine production from twenty villages, centering around the town of St Chinian. With its strong focus on high quality wine production, St Chinian wines have won a well-deserved reputation for fruity, full-bodied Languedoc wines.

la mayassa restaurant villefrancheVillefranche-sur-Mer has over 30 restaurants ranging from high-end gourmet cuisine to snack bars. During the tourist season the restaurants in Villfranche can become very busy, so it is always advisable to book ahead. But first, you need to find the best restaurants in Villefranche to eat at. Here is our list of the 10 best Villefrance restaurants.  

faugeres3Considering the Faugeres wine appellation was only created in 1982, it has gained an excellent reputation for producing consistently good wines. The secret to the Faugeres wines lies in the steep hills surrounding the sleepy village of Faugeres, high up above Beziers. In my opinion the Faugeres wines are some of the best quality wines of Languedoc.

Wine_glassesNo less than 10 Languedoc wines feature in the Sunday Times list of the top wines to buy in 2010. The respected Sunday Times wine critic, Janice Robinson, has picked out 10 Languedoc wines in her wine buyers guide for 2010. Beating off stiff competition from Australia, Spain, Chile, South Africa and Bordeaux, the Languedoc wines topped the poll.

menton loving hutIf you are a vegan or vegetarian (or if you have dietary restrictions) and you are planning on visiting the South of France, then you are in for a treat. Located in Menton, France, there is one of the best Vegetarian restaurants in France. The Loving Hut restaurant is located right on the sea front and it combines excellent cooking with fantastic sea views.

la bastide st antoine 366From my perspective, there are two standout restaurants in the South of France: the Mirazur in Menton and the Auberge de Vieux Puits in the Corbieres. These two restaurants stand as bookends - both physically and figuratively - to the other restaurants in South France.

menton restaurantsMenton is blessed with some excellent restaurants. With it's coastal location on the French Riviera and its proximity to the Italian border, it is no surprise to find that seafood and fish feature heavily on the Menton restaurant menus, as well as dishes which combine a French and Italian heritage. Here is our list of the 5 best restaurants in Menton France.

minervois winesThe Minervois wine region located in a triangle between Narbonne, Carcassonne and Beziers has been consistently turning out outstanding Languedoc wines for the last two decades. The Minervois wines are now firmly established as some of the premier wines in Languedoc. The Domus Maximus wine, from the Minervois wine region was voted the 'best wine in the world' by Wine critics in 2009.

la bastide st antoine 3662Jacques Chibois' Michelin star restaurant, La Bastide St Antoine, is located close to Grasse and is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Provence. La Bastide St Antoine is a lovely old-style Provencal country house, surrounded by an olive grove. La Bastide St Antoine restaurant is a member of the Les Grandes Tables du Monde association, which covers 170 of the World's top restaurants across 24 countries. 

x picpoul pinetPicpoul-de-Pinet is the one French white wine you absolutely must drink in Languedoc. The production of the world famous Picpoul de Pinet white wine is centered around a few small villages close to the Bassin de Thau, that produces much of France's high class oysters and mussels. Quite simply, Picpoul de Pinet is an outstanding French white wine at a refreshing price.

la pescalune restaurant bargemon366The Pescalune restaurant in Bargemon, Provence, was opened in 2008 and has built an enviable reputation as one of the best small restaurants in Provence. Situated in a former florest shop, the inside of the restaurant measures just 4m x 10m, with all the eating located outside on the terrace in front of the restaurant, overlooking the small square and fountain.

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If you love excellent food and wine, then there can be no finer restaurant in the South of France as Auberge du Vieux Puits. This Michelin star restaurant is run by the celebrated French chef, Gilles Goujon; and it has just received its 3rd Michelin star award. I can not recommend this restaurant highly enough. The food, the service, the wine, the cheese . . . all were excellent.

cassis la ville madie366Situated at base of Cap Canaille in Cassis, La Villa Madie is a 2 star Michelin French restaurant run by the dynamic young couple, Marielle & Dimitri Droisneau. Marielle is in charge of the front of house and Dimitri is the Michelin star chef who runs the kitchen. The wonderful sea views from the terrace and the terrific food and wine, make La Villa Madie a truly unforgettable experience.

 

chateauneufThe Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines need no introduction to wine buffs everywhere. Although technically not quite in Languedoc wine region, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is such an amazing wine and so close-by that it is worth a detour up to Avignon to seek it out. Situated 20km from Avignon, this appellation of wines is famous the world over.

vinipolisThe Vinipolis restaurant and wine centre is a welcome addition to the Languedoc wine industry. The enterprising wine cooperative of Florensac opened the Vinipolis complex in 2008. Set in a shiny glass building, Vinipolis provides informative tours and wine tastings, together with an excellent brasserie next door.

x LanguedocThere was a time when the wines of Languedoc in Southern France were looked down upon, even by the French themselves. But now the French regard the wines from the Languedoc region as amongst the very best wines in France. Here is our all year round report on the Vineyards of Languedoc

Simon coulshawIf you want to taste some fantastic Languedoc wine and get a great story to go along with them, then let me introduce you to Simon Coulshaw. The man is undoubtedly crazy - possibly crazy full-stop - but certainly crazy about his wine. Originally brought up in Paris, Simon followed his passion for wine by giving up his well paid job in IT and enrolling in a college to study wine making and viticulture. There then followed an incredible 4 year period where Simon and his Catalan wife, Monica, visited over 100 different vineyards in the Rhône valley, Spain and the Languedoc.

pastis2Walk into any bar in the South of France and the chances are that you will see two old boys up at the bar drinking a strange yellow coloured drink. That strange yellow coloured drink is Pastis and it is revered in the South of France like Whisky is in Scotland. If you happen to be an 'apero' by friends, then the chances are that Pastis wll be the aperitif of choice.