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Platanes, new restaurant on the Canal du Midi
Time to destination: 35-45 minutes, depending on the traffic around BéziersJudy Turner has a well-established reputation for her cooking and catering among the other British ex-pats who flock to the Languedoc. And now she and her husband have opened a restaurant in photogenic Poilhes, a tiny town wrapped around an elevated curve of the Canal du Midi at its most picturesque. The Canal is easily spotted in this landscape of wall-to-wall vineyards by the tall plane trees that line and shade its banks. Judy Turner's restaurant, Les Platanes, is named for the canal's landmark trees.About Les Platanes, Judy Turner writes: "I can't really say that we specialize in one particular dish, but that all our dishes including desserts are home made and fresh." There are three appetizers and three main courses every night as well as daily specials and a choice of desserts.

Judy's restaurant opens at 7:30 PM and can be quite busy. It seats 20 inside. There's outdoor dining, too, if the weather is good. We spent 104 euros on a fabulous meal for four that included the best bottle of wine on the menu.

Open every day except Tuesday and Wednesday year round. Telephone: 04 67 93 38 41.Tourist note: Poilhes is right down the street from the Oppidum d'Ensérune, a hillfort dating from the 6th century BC, well before the arrival of the Romans. The Oppidum has ruins and an interesting museum of archaeological finds.
From our house, go to the Autoroute, the A9. Head toward Barcelona. Two exits later, Exit 36, get off onto the D64, headed for Béziers. Get off the D64 onto the D11, headed for Montady and Capestang. After Montady, you'll see a sign for Poilhes on your left. Turn there onto the D11E, which quickly drops you in downtown Poilhes, alongside the Canal du Midi. You cross the canal over a bridge, just before the canal sweeps away in a curve, suspended along the side of a hill. Bring your camera. As you drive off the bridge, turn left, then immediately turn right, onto the D37. You'll see Les Platanes on the right.
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