Dining Out

Le Couvent

Although the Couvent does not have its own restaurant as such it offers an excellent ‘table d’hôte’ if ordered in advance. Each day there is a different ‘plat du jour’. Favourites have included Sète style seafood pies, saddle of rabbit with seasonal vegetables and slow cooked leg of lamb.

L’Ocre Rouge (Hérépian)

Just 50metres from the Couvent is the celebrated Ocre Rouge. This former coaching house enjoys an excellent reputation for serving exciting dishes and using fresh local ingredients. Open for lunch Thursday to Sunday and for dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Booking essential. Tel 00 33 46795 0693

La Capitelle: Golf de Lamalou (Lamalou-les-Bains) See Separate Article

Very good reputation for food, wine and service. Grills a speciality. 5 minutes’ drive or a 15 minute walk from the Couvent. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Avenue de la République, 34240 Lamalou-les-Bains. Booking recommended. Tel 00 33 46795 0909

La Pizzeria Sergio (Hérépian)

Good quality pizzas. Cheap and cheerful. 2 minutes’ walk from the Couvent at 18 Ave Marcellin Albert.

L’Auberge de l’Abbaye (Villemagne-l’Argentière)

Excellent reputation for traditional cuisine. Housed in the former cellars of the Benedictine Abbey. Open for lunch and dinner daily. In July and August the restaurant is NOT open for LUNCH on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Place de l’Abbaye 34600 Villemagne l’Argentière. Booking essential. Tel 00 33 46795 3484

Les Marronniers (Lamalou-les-Bains)

Long established restaurant run by the Aubert family. Excellent reputation for French gastronomie. Local produce used and prepared in the special Aubert way. Open for lunch Tuesday to Sunday. Open for dinner Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Booking recommended. 8 Avenue Capus, Lamalou-les-Bains. Tel 0033 46795 7600

Other Recommended Restaurants :

La Forge 22, Avenue Abbe Tarroux, 34600 Bedarieux, Tel 00 33 46795 1313 L’auberge de Combes See Separate Article  Le village, 34240 Combes Tel 00 33 46795 6655 has received some good reviews and is rated as best value by the Michelin Guide ( Bib Gourmand). ‘Overlooking the Orb Valley and run by a father and son team who know how to make the very best of the local produce. Relaxed, mellow atmosphere.’ website: www.aubergedecombes.com