The road running along the rear of Reims Cathedral (Notre Dame Cathedral) is Cours Anatole France. Most of the tour buses park on this road. The Hop-on-Hop-off red bus also pass along this road with a stop just behind the Cathedral. This small (approx 20 seater) cafe is located right behind the Cathedral at the junction of Cours Anatole France and Rue Eugene Desteuque. Its next door to the larger and more popular Le Cardinal Brasserie and Bar. We were on a conducted tour from Paris visiting the Champagne Houses at Reims and Epernay. First the Champagne tour at Reims and then the Cathedral. After visiting the Cathedral we had an hour free for lunch and that's when our excellent tour guide recommended this restaurant. Indeed he himself ate his lunch here! For any eatery, popularity with locals and regulars is a sure sign of quality and value. And we weren't disappointed.
The owner and her family (atleast it appeared to be that way) personally manage and serve. All the staff spoke reasonable English and that was a big help given our very limited French. The menu was in both French and English. Service was quick and cheerful. The choice of house wines served by the glass was quite good. Each of us tried three different varieties of Bordeux and Burgundy and were happy. We didn't try the starters but went straight for the mains. A bread basket came gratis. My wife had a smoked salmon and I had cured ham. The dessert was called Tiramisu but wasn't like any Tiramisu I have ever had. But it was delicious. I have uploaded pictures of the dishes we had.
Cost wise, nothing is cheap at tourist spots. That's true everywhere. Be ready to pay EUR 6-10 for mains, EUR 4-6 for desserts and EUR 3-4 for drinks.
To conclude, this is a convenient place for a quick lunch. Friendly service, limited menu, fresh ingredients but average taste. I am told that it closes down in the evenings and in winter. Added bonus lovely view of Reims Cathedral from the windows. Wouldn't hesitate recommending it to others if you are looking for a quick lunch before boarding your tour bus. Not a place for a long lingering romantic meal!
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