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“Pleasant old school hotel restaurant”

La Touraine Champenoise
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed May 31, 2013

Ok pris Fixe menu at several levels, good range of champagnes on their list and a helpful headwaiter. Just not sparkling (pun intended)

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

The previous reviewer got it spot-on - visiting this restaurant is like stepping back in time, to a France of the 1960s. Obviously that could be taken in a good way or a bad way, and if I'm being honest there's a mixture of both here: a rather dated ambience and decor, but a warm and charming welcome; simple food without anything innovative or challenging; a quiet riverside location on the edge of the town where champagne giant Laurent-Perrier is based. You get both sides of the coin here! Even the service harks back to a prior era - they can't do enough for you, but there's a tiny hint of desperation in their faces, as if they sense that an era is coming to a slow, wistful end.

Practical things first: Tours-sur-Marne is a small town to the east of Epernay and a good way south of Reims. It's in the heart of the pinot noir growing region of champagne - if you've been here before, you'll know what to expect: small, charming villages populated by a mix of family champagne producers and giant cooperatives, with endless monoculture vineyards pushing into every space in the rolling plains between them. This restaurant is located on the south edge of the village, just over the river Marne, and there are a few parking spaces out front (more in the little square just to the east of the restaurant, only a minute's walk away). The restaurant serves lunch and evening meals - we took lunch here, and turned up in October without a booking - it got busy during lunch so it's obviously a popular place, but we were seated with no problem. It's a restaurant with a lot of history, which you can read about in an informative sheet in the menu (or look at the photos and paintings dotted about the walls).

There's a pretty good wine list with some local champagnes on offer, and you can have champagne or kir royale by the glass as an aperitif. The food is pretty basic French national style (lots of lamb and beef), with limited options for vegetarians, but they were kind enough to accommodate our wishes in terms of dietary choice. Desserts were very good - I had a trio of small crèmes brûlées and they were delicious.

Prices were very reasonable indeed, with three of us dining for about 65 euros including aperitifs and coffee. Definitely worth a look if you're in the area; don't expect the highest quality dining, but if you're after good, dependable food, you'll not be disappointed.

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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Walking through the door at La Touraine Champenoise is like stepping back in time to perhaps the '60's in terms of decor and ambience. The owner clearly has a fixation on fine china tea-pots and her collection dominates the room with a pot on each table into the bargain.The retro styling continues into the menu which features a number of rich dishes which echo another era of cooking.... Nouvelle Cuisine can barely have made a dent in this place! Having said that, the amuse bouche of Creme Brulee of Foie Gras was excellent and the Scallops and Veal that followed were very well executed. The meal ended, somewhat incongruously, with a pile of pink biscuits which are apparently a local speciality. Apart from Champagne, the wine list is very limited.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Can be costly but the Table d'Hote is good value and delicious

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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We went for lunch - the food was good, the best dish was the amuse bouche, a sort of Creme Brule of Foie Gras, the Scallop dish was a tad dissapointing, small and lacking in taste or bite. The Andouillette (tripe sausage)was pronounced brilliant by its demolisher but the huge pile of very English fat chips was a bit off putting. The wine was nice, the service acceptable asnd the room quite nice. I would like to go for dinner and hacve more time and more options.

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