Near the very Abbey where Dom Pérignon perfected the art of Champagne-making, is the lovely Restaurant de l'Abbaye. As a break from visiting the champagnehHouses in Épernay, we took a short taxi ride to the small town of Hautvillers, where we enjoyed a leisurely lunch surrounded by locals and history.
Tender scallops dressed in the compulsory French cream sauce, served with fresh white asparagus and delicate mushrooms, were accompanied by champagne of course!. This bottle was from a boutique champagne house owned by the Chef’s Father. Followed by Petit Fours and coffee, it doesn’t get much more French than this.
After lunch we strolled through the town of Hautvillers visiting a quaint antique store and then admired the view of the valley, overlooked by one of Moët & Chandon’s premier cru (vineyards).
With friendly service and a reasonable price tag, this restaurant sits right at the top of our most favourite dining experiences in France.
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