Abbey de la
The Abbey is a hotel with a restaurant separately
accessed in the basement. The setting is old stone, with
the buildings dating from the 13th Century or earlier.
The hotel is up a steep flight of spiral stone stairs,
while the restaurant is down, off the pavement of this
winding side-street and through a VERY low stone
archway, leading into a large subterranean vaulted
cellar. The setting is very picturesque and while this
has made restaurant slightly touristy, it was well worth
the visit. The menu is straightforward and there are
some excellent wines of their list, but you need to look
for them. We found a splendid and reasonably priced
Hospices de Beaune Beaune 1er Cru that was super. What
makes this place special is the setting.
Rue la Maziere
Tel: 00333 80 24 74 64
This is a restaurant and 2 star hotel located just
outside the walled town. They have an attractive main
dining room with a selection of well cooked local dishes
supported by a wine list which is straightforward, with
one or two bright spots in it. It is located just
outside the centre of the town, with the restaurant
looking out over the bustling Place Madeleine, which has
several bars and restaurants and plenty of parking.
We had an enjoyable meal here and their cheese-board was
4 Place Madeleine
Tel: 0033 380 22 23 53
Fax: 0033 380 22 51 64
Chez Guy, Gevrey Chambertin
This is a family run restaurant in the centre of Gevrey Chambertin
with a strikingly modern interior for such an old
fashioned village. It is signposted off the N 74 but
only from the Dijon, I seem to recall, however if you
drive into the centre of the village and park in the
main square Place du Monument, it is only a couple of
minutes walk. The food here is very good and the service
excellent. We had a two course lunch and were
comfortably finished in just over an hour. The menu
starts at 24.50 euros for two courses and my foie gras
followed by woodpigeon were both excellent.
The wine list is extensive but hopelessly biased towards
. There are 6 pages of Cotes
, of which Gevrey takes up 3 pages, set
against only 7 entries for the whole of the Cote
. There was also a small amount of
Bordeaux, doubtless to cater for die-hard addicts. They
also serve a good selection of wines by the glass.
Alongside the restaurant is his wine shop, Au Pinot
Noir, which sells a selection of local wines.
3 Place de la Mairie
21220 Gevrey Chambertin
Tel: 0033 380 58 51 51
Located in the centre of the village of Chassagne
Montrachet, Le Chassagne was the idea of several leading
local winegrowers who wanted to give their village a
restaurant that could also serve to promote the wines of
the village. As a result the wine list is one of the
most entertaining we have come across, with whole pages
devoted to one specific vineyard and containing bottles
from many different growers.
The restaurant is an attractively renovated stone
building with plenty of parking right outside in the
square. The Chef, M Stephane Leger produces an excellent
menu for both lunch and dinner, ranging from 30 euros
upwards and the wines are competitively priced, with
some surprises on his list. Knowing how difficult it is
to even find a Coche -Dury in England, seeing his wines
on this list, at affordable prices, was a particular
pleasure. We have eaten well here on each occasion.
It is advisable to book as the restaurant is a little
off the beaten track and is quite popular. It would be a
pity to arrive "on spec" and find it full.
4 impasse des Chenevottes
21190 Chassagne Montrachet
Tel: 0033 380 21 94 94
Fax: 003 389 21 97 77
Centrally located near the Fort St Nicholas, M and
Madame Demougeot run a smart and comfortable restaurant
with a range of traditional dishes. The question often
asked during our dinner was "What is Ciboultette?"
The answer is chives.
They are closed all day Monday and Tuesday.
69 Rue de Lorraine
Tel: 0033 380 24 70 72
Fax: 0033 380 22 79 71
La Clef de Voute,
This is a new restaurant, only opened in the summer, yet
it already has sufficient of a reputation that it was
recommended to us by Sophie at Leflaive. Its small
entrance on the main Boulevard that we have come to know
as "the peripherique" is tucked between the
BIVB and L'Auberge du Cheval Noir. The setting is a well
renovated underground cellar with only about ten tables.
Menus range up to €32 and the winelist is well
selected and fairly priced. We had a really enjoyable
meal in this old/modern setting and will certainly be
21 Boulevard Saint Jacques
Te: 0033 380 24 02 22
On the main road in the centre of Auxey, about ten
minutes from Beaune and hardly two minutes from
Meursault, La Cremaillere has an enjoyable menu of
mainly local dishes and a well balanced wine list
containing a selection of mature Burgundies from Michel
own cellars. We have eaten here many times
and any visit by Michel himself enhances every occasion.
Route de Beaune
Tel: 0033 380 21 64 48
Fax: 0033 380 21 24 75
La Cremaillere is
Visit: Michel's Restaurant page...
This restaurant and family hotel is one of the top eating places in Burgundy and probably France. Lameloise is not a cheap night out, by any means, but the quality is amongst the highest you will find and yet it manages to keep its sense of proportion. The service is impeccable, the cuisine ( I am not willing to use the word food in this context ) is superb, the wine list requires guidance and the diner is the most important person in the room. Practically everything you will eat is made on the premises; the jam for breakfast; the bread; the chocolates that accompany the coffee; I am not sure whether they make their own butter, but if I am told they do, it will come as no surprise. The quest for quality takes no prisoners here. Booking is essential. Children are welcomed in the main dining room at dinner.
Lameloise also has rooms and these are to the same standard. Their car parking is immediately outside the hotel, but if you wish to have covered parking, it is round the corner. The restaurant is in the centre of the town.
36 place d’Armes
Tel: 00333 85 87 65 65
Visit: The Hôtel Restaurant Lameloise Page...
Le Clos Carnot, Beaune
Place Carnot is one of the main town squares, adjoining the market and the Hospices and Le Clos Carnot is well placed facing the park benches and car parking, between a café and another restaurant.
It appears to be a bar from the outside, with a few tables along one wall, however if you go inside and down the corridor it opens up into a smallish restaurant with a handful of tables in a quite charming setting.
We have now visited le Clos on several occasions, both for lunch and dinner and it has a charm and ambiance that makes it easy to re-visit. It is ideal for a good, simple and relatively quick lunch with a set menu starting at €18 for three courses. The wine list is well appointed with bottles from smaller Domaines, often close friends of the owner and his list contains an imaginative selection of excellent quality wines by the glass.
There are tables outside for the summer and booking is not usually necessary as the turnover is fairly swift and tables become available quite regularly. As a family business, the service is excellent.
Le Clos Carnot
34 Place Carnot
Tel: 00333 80 26 91 01
La Goutte d'Or, Meursault
La Goutte d’Or sits a short distance off the main N74, now of course renamed the D974 to my enduring embarrassment
(see Trip Diary:Route Nationale 74)
It is set amongst the vineyards of Meursault, hence its name and it has a really very enjoyable set menu with several choices and an excellent cheese board.
The Menu is €11.50 with an espresso at a further €1 and it has a very good wine list composed of many Domaines from the immediate locality. Spoiled for choice!
(see Trip Diary:Danger, Zebra Crossing!)
37, Rue Charles Giraud
Telephone : 038021 6056
Website : http://resto.lagouttedor.free.fr/
A small gap in a wall just of the main square in
Marsannay opens out into a splendid restaurant. It was
so smart we felt embarrassed to go in without a tie on,
but there was no need to have worried, we were welcome.
Les Gourmets does take a little finding and we stumbled
upon it by accident, seeking refuge from the rain. The
food is excellent and the wine list is extensive. It
featured some of Jean-Louis Huguenot's Marsannay white
so we looked no further, but there was a considerable
choice. Monsieur Perreaut is the Chef and Mademe looks
after her diners.
We will most certainly be returning.
8 Rue du Puits-de Tet
Tel: 0033 380 52 16 32
Ma Cuisine, Beaune
We have now made several return visits to Ma Cuisine an
excellent restaurant which has never failed to give us
an enjoyable meal. It is invariably busy and being small
this means a bustling atmosphere rather than sedate
calm. It is also usually full, so booking is advisable.
Just off one of the main squares, under an archway and
down a small side-street, you will find this small
family run restaurant of one large room with some 20
tables. The food is varied and excellent and the wine
list is extensive. It only opens four days a week, being
closed on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. As the owner
explained to us, he enjoys doing other things too!
The only downside that we can think of is that although
it is in the centre of Beaune
it is tucked down a cobbled alleyway and is a little
difficult to find. Once there, however, it is worth the
effort. The wine list is superb.
Passage St Helene
Tel: 0033 380 22 30 22
La Table a
Domaine Senard, Aloxe Corton
Take the turning for Aloxe off the main N74 and follow the road into the centre of the village until you find a square full of parking spaces. Just to the left you will see the gates of Domaine Comte Senard and the Table d’Hote menu will be up on a board alongside.
The showroom and adjoining restaurant are situated in some converted farm buildings and this is another charming spot for a menu degustation, where the set menu serves as an accompaniment to a lovely range of wines. The set menu starts at €35 and is inclusive of the wines
La Table is now open throughout the year except January when it is closed for the whole month. It is usually busy, especially at week-ends so it is safest to book.
La Table a Domaine Senard
21420 Aloxe Corton
Tel: 00333 80 26 41 65
Visit: Philippe's Restaurant page...
d'Olivier Leflaive, Puligny Montrachet
This has to be a wine buff's dream location. What a
simple concept and how successfully delivered! Here you
have the chance to taste a whole range of burgundies
over a simple yet excellent set menu, under the watchful
eye of Pascal Wagner who talks you through each glassful
from the basic chardonnay right up to the top wines.
These are only tastings, so the glasses are not heavily
charged, but the selection makes for a most enjoyable
Please remember to book a table as this is a very popular venue and there are seldom any spare places at Lunchtime.
21190 Puligny Montrachet
Tel: 0033 380 21 37 65
Fax: 003 380 21 33 94
Visit: Olivier's Restaurant page...
Le Vendangerot is in the centre of Rully. As you leave
Chagny on the D981, Rully village is signposted to the
right. The centre of the village is a bit of a warren of
tiny streets, but the restaurant is located in what must
be the main square. We first stopped here at the
suggestion of Madame
and had the episode with the small
boy on his scooter (Visit
Notes June 2005
). The day we wanted to dine, they
were fully booked, which is usually a good sign. We thus
reserved a table for the following day and had an
excellent meal. As I quite forgot to make a note of the
menu prices and wine list on our first visit, we have
been back and once again enjoyed ourselves greatly. The
restaurant was less crowded on our second visit, in
winter. The food is good and the set menus run from 25
euros up to 32 euros, with a wine list that has a strong
local Rully bias, with wines at between 25 and 50 euros.
We had a Rully 1er Cru Les Margotes 2005 from Breliere
which was robust, with lots of body and lovely fruit
This restaurant is comfortable, jolly, busy and the
trade seems to be almost entirely local. It is also a
hotel, with rooms from €51 per night. As usual, it is
safest to book as there is not much else to eat in the
immediate vicinity, unless you are fond of grapes!
Place St Marie
Tel: 0033 385 87 20 09
| Loiseau des
The Bernard family who own one of Beaune’s more elegant
hotels, Hotel Le
Cep, have invited the Loiseau family from Saulieu to establish Loiseau des Vignes in a room with street frontage immediately adjoining the hotel entrance.
Tel: 00333 80 24 12 06
The prices are quite high, with starters at around €20 and main courses €40, however the cuisine is of a high standard, as one would expect and the wine list is scattered with a huge array of quality wines by the glass, so that it becomes a Menu Degustation, should you wish.
Loiseau des Vignes
31 Rue Maufoux