Reims is not short of good eateries varying from the top end Les Crayeres which held three Michlin stars from 1983 to 2003 to a simple but excellent oyster carts in Place Drouet d’Erlon. Here are two mid-range restaurants that will not break the bank and give you a lot of pleasure
Le Grande Café
This cavernous but atmospheric restaurant on Place Drouet d’Erlon serves meals from 11.30 am to midnight non-stop. The speciality here is mussels in fifteen different manifestations. There is a good enough wine list but I always drink Leffe beer with my mussels here. Service is quick and efficient. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. It is only a short walk to the cafe if you are staying at Hotel de la Paix. I eat here every time I am in Reims. Last time I was there, a partying group of Russians bought champagne for each and every diner in the restaurant!
Le Grande Café, 92 pl. Drouet D’Erlon
51100 Reims, Tel: 03 26 47 61 50
Au Petit Comptoir
“Have dinner at the Au Petit Comptoir” Thierry Roman, the manager of Hotel de la Paix said. It was the last day of our autumn Alsace & Champagne wine tour and the final night in Reims. I was looking for a smart new place for dinner and Au Petit Comptoir seemed to fit the bill.
I was not disappointed. The place was smart without being over the top (run by chef Thierry Sidan and front of house Thierry Henrion), the sommelier was helpful without being pompous and the food was excellent. We drank champagne and then a good claret, which was decanted at the table, with the beef. The restaurant soon filled up with locals and began to buzz.
Walking back to the hotel after dinner, we felt happy and all was well with the world.
“Excellent article, I just need another trip to Reims! We were lucky enough to dine in Le Petite Comptoir some 8 years ago at the recommendation of a champagne house we stayed with and also thought the food, wine and dining experience excellent. Lovely to see the photographs!” – Richard Fox, Harrogate, 26 January