Soubès: Lou Terral (also known as Bar or Café du Terral) is our local and therefore our favourite! Limited menu, but a different plat du jour every day – excellent value at only €13.50 for three courses. Wine by the pichet or more expensive local wines by the bottle. Just a short walk from Les Pavots. In summer you sit in the square under the plane trees - perfect.
Lodève: Our local town has many restaurants and takeaways. Hotel de la Paix and Le Petit Sommelier are both very traditional. Pizzeria di Maori is somewhat eccentric, but has good pizzas. Cafe Miniscule often has good live music and now serves good food most days; check out the website to see when the next live music is on. Just outside Lodève La Reserve is a slightly more formal restaurant, with good cooking.
La Vacquerie: Just before you get to the village you will pass Le Bistrot Larzac, now refurbished, with new owners and good reviews. Also newly refurbished, new owners and with good reviews is L'Ogustin in the centre of the village. Home cooked food and comes highly recommended.
Lac Salagou: Auberge du Lac is difficult to beat on a sunny day for lunch sitting on the terrace under their ‘sails’ admiring the view. Café de la Place in Octon is a simple bar/restaurant; worth going to for the concerts they often have on a Saturday evening.
Octon: A little further along Lac Salagou to Octon and then up to the hamlet of Basse is our little local gem, La Palombe. Absolutely superb cooking from a very talented young chef. Not to be missed. Book!
Pezenas: Between Pezenas and the small village of Nizas, you will find Le Prieuré de Saint Jean de Bébian. This is the latest venture of Michelin star chef, Matthieu de Lauzun. Beautifully situated in a winery, this new venture already has rave reviews.
Montpeyroux: La Terrasse du Mimosa sells wine downstairs and has a restaurant upstairs. The wine is all local, from some of the best local growers and at the same price as at the winery. The food is sophisticated and well cooked; choose any wine from downstairs at a flat €10 corkage.
Saint Saturnin: Le Pressoir specialises in grilled meats on its large open fire behind the bar burning old vines.
Florensac: Bistrot d’Alex has great cooking at low prices. Attached to a local wine cooperative, you can sample their wines over lunch at not much more than shop prices. Good combined with a visit to Marseillan to see the pretty port and Noilly Prat factory.
Montagnac: Côté Mas is somehwere that we have not visited yet, but we have heard good reports. Check out the website for details of its wines (good) and its fabulous restaurant and wine bar.
Tournemire: Auberge des Orchidees is highly recommended. First class French cuisine and a clasic dining room. Combine with a visit to Roquefort to see the famous cheese caves. Close to Fondamente, the home of the late-lamented Hotel Baldy.
Vailhan: L’Auberge du Presbytère is a fair drive via Clermont 'L'Herault or a slightly hair-raising (but shorter) route across country via Lac Salagou. But once you get there the food and setting make the effort truly worthwhile.
Beziers: Octopus has a well-deserved Michelin star. The set lunch is fantastic value. Sit outside in their courtyard and enjoy! Well worth the trip. Combine with a morning or afternoon on the beach.
Montpellier: Many good restaurants in the old town. Le Grilladin is one, but Place de la Chapelle Neuve has many to chose from. Sit under the trees for a lovely lunch.
Michelin star restaurants in Herault (2015):
Price: 31 € to 63 €
Address: 609 av. Raymond-Dugrand 34000 Montpellier
Le Jardin des Sens
Price: 49 € to 182 €
Address: 11 av. St-Lazare 34000 Montpellier
Price: 30 €
Address: 12 r. Boïeldieu 34500 Béziers
La Réserve Rimbaud
Price: 38 € to 100 €
Address: 820 Avenue de Saint-Maur 34000 Montpellier
Price: 25 € to 65 €
Address: 3 bd de l'Esplanade 34150 Gignac
Price: 63 €
Address: 1 chemin du Cimetière-Marin 34200 Sète
Who rents Les Pavots?
Families, family groups holidaying together, couples - anyone in fact!
Location good for?
People who love the outdoors, French village life, fantastic wine and vineyards, sunny days and warm nights. Perfect for those who want to be active (cycling, walking, kayaking). Enjoy peace and tranquillity and privacy to do your own thing.