Saturday : By the time we had met up with the others in the team and packed the bags in the van, we arrived in Reims in time for lunch. Such a lovely place to eat – Epicerie Au Bon Manger. Not much to look at from the outside, but a charming welcome from 2 smiling & helpful young women, champagne (of course! After all, we were in the Champagne area), and a shared platter of wonderful meats, cheeses, salad – all organic & with provenance. Just the right sort of meal to start the tour.
On to the Cathedral, where we organised audio guides for the others, then nursed a cold drink in the square in front of the Cathedral while they took in the magnificence & history. After years of public works, the area around the Cathedral is now alive with little restaurants and shops, and shaded with trees. A great place to people watch!
Next we headed off to our accommodation in Epernay, Parva Domus B&B. the only B&B on the Avenue de Champagne, in the old Moet et Chandon family home. It’s great to stroll past all the Champagne Houses, and on the way home after dinner to see their names cast on the footpath in lights. We had aa pleasant meal in the courtyard of La Banque Brasserie in the heart of Epernay.
Au Bon Manger, 7 rue Courmeaux, Reims. Tel. 03 26 03 45 29 www.aubonmanger.fr
La Banque Brasserie, 40 rue de General Leclerc, Epernay.Tel. 03 26 59 50 50 www.brasserie-labanque.fr
Parva Domus, 27 Ave de Champagne, Epernay Tel 03 26 32 40 74 www.parvadomusrimaire.com