A nice find: ‘Au bon manger’

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Nov 022011

A nice place to enjoy France and its gastronmy. ‘Au bon manger’ is a grocer of fine aliments, you ll find there only the best meat, cheese or wines.

Decoration and stalls recall good old times. They basically are a fine grocery but they are able to serve you a full plate for around 20 Euro and recommend a nice wine or Champagne that perfectly fits your meal.

Smoked salmon, foie gras, French and Italian cheeses, olive and anchovies specialties, meat or fish terrines, sausages, smoked ham ….

Au bon manger

Au bon manger

They post sometimes on their blog: Au bon manger

Why not try and  enjoy a cheese plate with a cup of  Champagne !


L’Epicerie Au Bon Manger

7 Rue Courmeaux, 51100

Reims +33 326 03 45 29 ‎

Restaurants in Reims

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Jan 182011

As guest house owners we often recommend restaurants to our guests or are given restaurants suggestions by our clients.

Here is our short list of the moment of places that we like.

Things they have in common  are: price in the average for Reims, no Michelin stars or Gault Millau references but fine food for good value. They are all situated at foot distance from our B&B and by consequence in town centre.

Le café du Palais‘ , an old café stuffed of Antiques and oddities, tremendous ambiance, enjoy a glass of vine with local terrine as a snack in the afternoon. Full meals served at lunch time and some evenings.

Le Boulingrin‘ , a well known brasserie in Reims, typical Art Deco decoration, huge variety of meals, all the classics of the French gastronomy and also a nice seafood choice, merry ambiance

La table des Halles‘ , a cosy place, most of the courses are local specialities,we are fond of the ‘Ardenaise salad’ , nice price too !

Le Bocal‘ , a tiny restaurant inside the fish shop, dare to cross the inox stall and come inside. Buttery Bass or yummy creamy cooked oysters ! Champagne bottle are so cheap there, that added a bubbling touch to our meal.

Le V.O.‘ We love its decoration and ambiance, very nice Chef cuisine: modernity and tradition with touches of Asian style.

La table Anna‘  A reference in Reims, fine food for reasonable price. Nice and warm service and memorable courses.

There are plenty more restaurants that could be listed here, feel free to suggest us some more.

About tiping in France: Do I need to tip in restaurants or bars ?

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Oct 082010

Champagne Ponson in 2010

In France, service is always included in the price.Your bill may mention it or not but it is included.

Sometimes you ‘ll see for example « Service compris 10% » ; it may go up to 20% in the very elegant or gastronomic restaurants in which there are more employees than customers!

The French usually tip only if they have appreciated the moment they have spent in the bar or the restaurant, or if the waiter was especially pleasant. Personally I prefer to leave some coins on the table rather than to round up the amount of the bill paid with credit card. Doing this,  I’m certain that it will go to the waitress.

For example in a restaurant, if I’ll leave tip 2 € for a meal for two if think the service was nice and the meal good value. Or in a café I’ll tip some yellow coins ( cents of euro) If I especially enjoy my cup of Champagne.

If you want to know more about France and French: please come and stay in our guest house in Reims . We are always glad to exchange with our guests, B&B is the way to meet a country and its inhabitants.