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“Friendly and great food”
Review of La Charniere

La Charniere
Ranked #12 of 302 Restaurants in Beziers
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, British, Gastropub, Wine Bar
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We saw the review in the Herault Times and thought we'd give it a go last Saturday.12th October. Friday is usually fish and chips day but it was on the menu and after 8 weeks in France it was too much to resist. Our starters were great, freshly made and plentiful. Fish and chips a la Flunch by Auchan was our one French venture into this quintessentially English dish and was a disaster. Here though the fish was market fresh Hake with a light, thin and crispy beer batter on top of a small mountain of chunky home-made chips with fresh tartare sauce and mushy peas all made by chef. Finished off with home-made peach frangipane and coffee - a feast for 4 hungry English folk! With three beers and a glass of red for an aperitif, a demi-pichet of red and rose (well, we are English!) the total bill was a lowly 74E for the four of us.

As we were appreciative of the quality of the food (and service) Johnny (Northants, Bayonne and Beziers RFC) sent the young (20) chef up - I think he's a Brum but may have misplaced his accent? He may be young but he's a good cook and this restaurant ought to go far.

Talking to Johnny he confirmed with the exception of bacon all his food is locally sourced and cooked freshly in the kitchen. He thinks he's located a local supplier of pork who will cut him some back bacon rashers rather than the usual poitrine so when we are back next year we will give his full English and his brunch a try as well as his Sunday roast.

By the way, Johnny, with his blue eyes was a great hit with Joan and Barbara both of whom wanted him gift wrapped for Xmas! The restaurant itself is a good mix of French and British decor and food - don't be put off by the rugby/Brit element - this is very good food!

(PS - at this time of year if you want to sit outside beware of falling conkers!!)

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5  Thank John H
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

We stumbled in here on a wet, damp October night. Beziers is not renowned for late night eating out of season with most places closing by 10pm! However, the host, ex-rugby star Johnny Howard was helpful, courteous, gracious & very friendly! A sublime meal, at typical expensive Beziers prices, but with great conversation & a smile! Not one to miss if you're in the region! Enjoy folks!

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1  Thank GillW67
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Not only a great place to watch the rugby and party down in Le Tunnel, the restaurant delivers a fine selection of dishes from great tapas and salads, to steaks and homemade burgers. Friday's fish and chips is not to be missed. One thing is for sure, you won't go hungry!

Well worth a visit!

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2  Thank Annie R
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

My daughter and I really enjoyed the fish and chips we had here, it was a nice taste of home 8 days into our holiday. It has a pleasant outside eating / drinking area and a conservatory area as well as tables inside. It has a rugby theme without being over the top. Johnny (the owner) can often be found conversing with the customers in either English of French and really makes you feel welcome. There is a nice view from the outside seating and it is 30 seconds from the main Allee (street). There was also live music on one of the nights i attended. All the staff were friendly and i felt very comfortable and relaxed on my several visits here. I shall most definitely be returning here on next years holiday to Beziers. Merci.

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2  Thank Sam L
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Johnny & his staff make you feel very welcome. The Brunch is just like you get at 'Granny's', excellent. The atmosphere is very relaxed and nothing is of any trouble for the staff. Very reasonably priced food & drink with a good choice of menu. TV is there if it's 'The Big Game' you're there to see!!!
I'm working long term in Beziers and I've been to a few places to eat but this is the one I keep going back too. The homely feel just can't be matched!!!

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1  Thank BigBobG
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