To get the real southern French experience, you have to visit a “guinguette”. During the summer season, you see these open-air restaurants popping up in the most wonderful places. One of my favourite in Béziers is Guinguette La Laiterie on the banks of the Orb River. You have to know where to find it, but once there, you won’t want to leave.
Guinguette La Laiterie is a temporary restaurant/café that opens from May till the end of August. I’ve been reading some reviews and have to say they are a mixture of very good to very bad. As I have chosen to only write positive reviews on my blog, I can inform you that Chéri and I enjoyed our lunch. The setting is just awesome, overlooking the Orb and the Moulin de Cordier. To properly test the food, we ordered a starter, main and dessert à la carte. As a starter, Chéri had a small Caesar salad, which wasn’t that small actually. I chose the “croustillant de chèvre”: goat cheese wrapped in filo pastry. Both simple, both good.
As La Laiterie proposes tapas and I couldn’t decide which ones to order, I opted for the big plate with a selection of tapas. I can assure you the plate is big. And the tapas are more than enough. I couldn’t finish it because I wanted to keep some room for dessert. Meanwhile, Chéri savoured his entrecôte, which was a fine piece of meat, according to him.
Last but not least: dessert. Chéri tested the tiramisu, served in a large glass. I went for a lighter dessert- a strawberry gazpacho with a scoop of some fresh orange sorbet. Delicious! Our verdict: La Laiterie is worth going to if you are looking for a simple and copious lunch in a laid-back restaurant with friendly service. We didn’t test the dinner (yet), but apparently it gets quite busy during the evenings, and I would suggest making a reservation.