Just on one of the corners of the square with the Hall, you'll find the church. This one has a big tower to impress the village and its surroundings
This hall was build between 1866 and 1900 in 2 phases. First it consisted of arcades with an open square in the middle. But after a while this didnt fulfill the commercial needs anymore so it was decided to cover the square as well. Nowadyas this hall is the main centre of activities for Monsegur. Next to the 2 weekly markets there are all kinds of specail markets, festivivals and more. It even serves as restaurant on occasion
Eating out in the old town was a little disappointng - until we met Gerard Dalla-Longa our local neighbour and wine maker. He directed us to Les Tilleuls in Place des Tilleuls - just off the main, market square.
The Place is also home to the local boules players who have a terrasse there for their games and competitions.
We went several times to this restaurant and always ate outside because the ban on smoking inside was yet to be introduced.
The splendid lime trees, which give their name to the restaurant and to the Place, didn't always provide enough shade on those hot September days, but the meals we were served never disappointed.
We always chose the very reasonable Menu du Jour which came with large baskets of bread, usually started wih a home made soup which came in an enormous tureen and that was followed by a grill of fish or meat served with salad and chips.
We did not order wine but large carafes of the local red were placed on the table along with jugs of iced water.
As though that were not enough along came a desert - the apple tart was superb! Only coffee was extra
Favorite Dish: This was genuine, traditional and local home cooking, nothing fancy or pretentious, simply down to earth, honest food.
Well cooked and presented and cheerfully served.
Excellent value for money.
Please Note :- We ate there in late September and early October 2005.
Every year in March, the merchants of Monsegur decided to celebrate the pig. 'Tout est bon dans la cochon!' We squealed like a pig, had pig races, drew pig and ate everything pig. Not to mention quelques verres de vin.
We met an unexpected visitor when we were in Monsegur.. We hadn't expected him to be there on teh 1st of Januari. Did he make a wrong delivery? Did he forget something? Speculations ran high...