Although we did not stay at the Coach House we did visit it for our evening meal whilst staying at nearby Le Domaine de La Frenaie.
We were welcomed warmly by a young lady whose English was superb. We had a couple of drinks and were then taken into the restaurant which was formerly the stables. It oozed character and the slow pork spit at the end of the room produced some fantastic flavours. The meal was not cheap by English standards but was incredible. Everything was superbly laid out and presented and the flavours were to die for!
If ever we venture back to Valenciennes we will definately be eating here again and would more than likely stay for the night.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortably established after four hundred years of existence.All spruced up, it offers its Henry IV style, interpreted with regional inspiration in its proportions, harmoniously decorated in total respect for the region and its history.When Louis XIV made his “joyful return” to Valenciennes in August 1680, the Auberge was called “A la Ville de Troyes”. A souvenir of the great fairs of Champagne, with the travellers, salesmen and drapers stopping in our town to rest and restore their strength.in the hearth, there would be capons and haunches of meat roasting with a stew bubbling in fat jugs, swaying with the bawdy songs which barely covered the sounds of horses and their hooves on the round paving stones in the courtyard.The inn had a great reputation; Jacques Fontaine managed the establishment until 1701 and its successors’ were still roasting in the fireplace in 1789. ... more less
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