Just outside Reims and set it in its own park, the restaurant has two well-deserved Michelin stars. The décor is elegant, the cooking even more so. It is also a hotel with 39 beautifully decorated rooms. If you want to be outside, Reims, this is the best choice.L’Assiette Champenoise
40 ave Paul Vaillant-Couturier
Tel.: 00 33 (0) 26 84 64 64
There are two restaurants at Chateau les Crayeres, which is primarily a hotel. The best known, Le Parc les Crayeres, is both a destination in its own right and a local favorite for special occasions. This is haute cuisine, preferably taken with some of the amazing Champagnes on offer from both small vineyards and the blockbuster names. Reckon on spending around 150 to 200 euros a la carte per person for 3 courses, with menus running from 80 to 300 per person (including drinks).
The second restaurant, Le Jardin Brasserie, is more casual and to my mind, more attractive than its grand sister. Natural materials in the décor -– brick walls and slate floor -– and plenty of greenery both indoors and on the charming terrace make this a thoroughly attractive venue. Dishes are classic but with an inventive slant, like tuna and avocado tartar to start and ‘brasserie’ dishes such as roast pork with Parmesan frites. A la carte, 3-course meals run at around 75 to 80 euros per person, or take the excellent value, fixed price, 3-course menu at around 30 euros.
Feeding the good burgers of Reims since 1925, this smart brasserie provides all the excellent staples you’d expect from roast lamb chops to pigs trotters, from roast salmon to crème brulee, all in a fun atmosphere. Expect to pay around 28 euros per person for a 3-course, a la carte meal, with menus from 18 euros to 28 euros.Brasserie Le Boulingrin
48 rue de Mars
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 26 40 96 22
You'll find this excellent, good value restaurant next to the music conservatory just south of the Cathedral. It's bright and jolly, with paintings by the owner on the walls.
On offer are classics which change with the seasons, like chicken terrine with prunes flavored with Marc de Champagne and smoked salmon for starters, a good selection of mains like the unusual omble chevalier (from the salmon family) and magret de canard. A 3-course a la carte meal costs around 36 euros; menus run from 16.80 euros (3-course lunch only) to 42 euros.La Table Anna
6 rue Gambetta
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 26 89 12 12
More modern in décor than other brasseries in town, it’s a great place for a platter of shellfish on the terrace in the summer, or a hearty beef stew in winter. A la carte 3-course meal is around 28 euros.Restaurant Cafe de la Paix
25 pl Drouet-d’Erlon
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 26 47 00 45
6. Da Nello
Go Italian at this friendly Mediterranean restaurant where pizzas are the order of the day baked in the oven in the center of the room. Dishes like grills, and fresh pasta are also on offer. Expect to pay around 20 to 25 euros.Da Nello
39 rue Ceres
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 26 47 33 25