The best restaurants near Épernay
Crum: "If you can afford it, a visit to Royal Champagne is worth it. Because of its location, near Champillon-Bellevue, the view from the terraces over the valley of the Marne is magnificent. The rooms are very spacious and fully equipped, and the two restaurants are good to very good. The name Royal Champagne has existed for hundreds of years, but after a renovation spanning several years, the current Royal Champagne is completely of this age. It is owned by the same investors as the reknowned champagne house Leclerc Briant, which operates in Épernay and is located on the famous Avenue de Champagne, and is a boutique hotel with five rooms. Again, you need to bring a credit card with a generous limit, but it is worth every penny. It is called Le 25Bis by Leclerc Briant".
Sleeping and eating at Anselme Selosse
A little further south, in the grand cru village of Avize, we find the hotel-restaurant of the iconic Anselme Selosse. Here he runs a small but luxurious hotel with an intimate restaurant, Les Avisés. "Every time I'm in Champagne, I want to have lunch or dinner here, because Stéphane Rossillon's dishes are both very creative and delicate and his wife Nathalie is the most charming host. What's more, the extensive wine list will not disappoint." You can read more about Anselme Selosse and his cult champagnes here.
Finally, Crum mentions La Gare in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. It is located in the old train station. The decor is simple, but the reason for coming here are the dishes of chef Geoffrey Bemont, which are simply very good. Wines, including champagnes, you can't find cheaper almost anywhere else, according to Gert.