Located in a delightful UNESCO World Heritage Site, the “L’Ile aux oiseaux” restaurant and ice-cream parlour is housed in a former roadman’s house, between Castelnaudary and Carcassonne, at the port of Bram. Outside: two decked terraces overlooking the Canal du Midi. Inside for mid-season when it’s too cold to eat outside: “La Cabane”, with its nautical decor. Fresh homemade produce, specials board every day, grilled fish specialities (tuna, swordfish, sardines etc), oyster bar, mussels and homemade chips in the summer. Booking advisable. Tripadvisor certificate of excellence 2014.