Looking for a gastro stopover on the way from Geneve to Calais, we selected this hotel from the well known big red guidebbok published by a French tyre company. We reserved over the net and got a quick confirmation.
They sent a Powerpoint slide with the access instructions. This would not be much help if you do not have Powerpoint, but the elaborate instructions implied that it might be a bit tricky to find. Our satnav got us there without a hitch but it did involve taking a couple very minor roads from the main access to Chaumont. However, when you get there, it is a pleasant small village and the hotel is in the centre. Parking is easy in the street outside.
The welcome was brisk and functional. Our room was well appointed, quite large and everything worked. Only downside was the noisy plumbing in the adjacent rooms - we were woken in the morning by sounds which suggested that a local river had burst its banks!
However, the main purpose was to have a splendid meal and the RDV Des Amis served up an excellent repast. The carte options and the specials initially seemed a bit complicated, but we soon cracked it with some help from the amuse bouche and a welcome aperitif. Fish and meat options were plentiful and the wine list included many good choices at a sensible price. There were some listed which would require a small mortgage, but we left them alone!
The courses were served quite quickly by French standards but not at the expense of the quality of the cooking. The meal was thoroughly enjoyable and the general atmosphere in the restaurant was warm and sociable. For an overnight stop, the prices were reasonable given the quality of food.
We have knocked a star off for the noisy plumbing, but overall would thoroughly recommend this hotel.
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