It’s time I shared a few restaurant visits with you – be warned, don’t read this post if you are already feeling hungry!! 🙂 I’ll be taking you to Auberge de l’Ecole in Saint-Jean de Minervois and Auberge de la Tour in Montady.
Auberge is the French word for inn, designating a small hotel or bed and breakfast with a restaurant, often in a rural location. These days, the word auberge is often used by restaurants that do not offer lodgings (as is the case with these two restaurants). Perhaps it’s because the word might evoke certain nostalgic feelings in people?
I’ll start with Auberge de l’Ecole in Saint-Jean de Minervois, which is closest to Saint-Chinian. Formerly the village school-house, the building was transformed into a restaurant a long time ago. The Auberge de l’Ecole has been run by Brigitte and Patrick Grau since 2001. Over the years I’ve been to the restaurant numerous times, and I feel that I’ve gotten to know Brigitte and Patrick quite well – they are both lovely people!
She is famous for her cassoulet, the well-known bean stew of the region! I decided that I would start with a light salad, knowing that the cassoulet would be substantial!
My dining companions enjoyed their food too! For their starter they had little round parcels filled with prawns and spring vegetables.
My dining companions managed somewhat more ice cream than I did!! We had a very relaxed time – good food and a great meal with friends!!
The next auberge that I promised to tell you about is in Montady: Auberge de la Tour, so-called because of the tower at the top of the village. This restaurant has the most wonderful views out over the Etang de Montady, a marshy lake which was drained in the Middle Ages.
The prix-fixe lunch menu is a great deal, and people come from far and wide to this restaurant. The food is always delicious, and the restaurant is always busy. Here is what we ate on a recent visit: