Restaurants in or around Carcassone?
We will be in the Carcassone area in October with other food-loving friends celebrating a 50th birthday and are looking for a recommendation for a great meal. We have considered the restaurants at the Hotel de la Cite (La Barbacane) and the one at the Domaine d'Auriac...but are concerned they may be more about tourists than about terrific food. We're less concerned with fuss and pretense than in a wonderful experience.
Any feedback on those places...or suggestions for others...would be very much appreciated.
We enjoyed our trip very much. We stayed in a small town about 20 minutes from Carcassone called Rieux Minervois, which was a good base for exploring the area. There are so many medieval ruins to see that it's easy to lose yourself exploring. My husband and I took a day trip to the town of Albi, which was a delightful surprise. There's a great Toulouse-Lautrec museum there, as well as an impressive cathedral and charming old city.
Our eating experiences in Carcassone proper were limited, though we did have one dinner at La Barbacane, the restaurant at the Hotel de la Cite. Though the food was good, I found it to be overly fussy and expensive for my taste. I'd stop by and check out the room and menu before committing there (it's inside the walled city of Carcassone).
We had a very nice dinner one night at Le Puits du Tresor, in the town of Lastours...a little bit of a drive (maybe 15 km) but worth the effort. If you find yourselves in Narbonne, we had a nice lunch at La Table Saint-Crescent; it's in an unappealing roadside location, but the food was excellent.
I hope this is helpful, and I hope you have better weather than we did...it rained virtually every day we were there!
I've just replied to rubybee with some recommendations nearish to Carcassonne. I'm not very familiar with places in the town itself, nor within its immediate surroundings, but I can give recommendations of places further East and North around Bedarieux. If you want to know more let me know.
As I said - none of these are very near Carcassonne - they're probably about 60-70 miles away - but here goes:
La Forge in Bedarieux - traditional food, good value and very good cooking. Menus from about 15 Euros to 30.
Les Marroniers, Lamalou Les Bains - a place for a special occasion - excellent food, more pricey (go for the starter which has oxtail and foie gras - amazing).
L'Ochre Rouge, Herepian - modern French food, expertly cooked. Menus from about 22 Euros to 38.
L'Auberge de Combes, Combes (in the mountains above Lamalou Les Bains) - very good cooking and an amazing views from the floor to ceiling windows. Menus from about 22 Euros to about 40.
Le Jardin du Naris, Marseillan (the village, not the Plage) - went there a few years ago and had a lovely meal. It's very homely and they have a small yard/garden out the back. My memory of it was home french cooking with a bit of a twist. Can't remember prices, but it was good value.
That's all I have, and they may well be too far away from Carcassonne. I also posted some info on other places a bit nearer in reply to Rubybee.