Le Pommier: Convenient to sightseeing and fun
It was a cold blustery day in Bayeux and we were hungry. We walked from the market back toward our car and didn't find anything promising. As we walked down rue des Cuisiniers, we remembered and quickly found Le Pommier with the cheerful apples on the facade. It looked warm and inviting so we entered.
It was very crowded (and delightfully warm) but they did manage to seat us. The waitress was very nice; the menu was wide-ranging, even including a vegetarian "formula." We opted for the fish instead and it was very good.
This is not a gourmet restaurant and there is a lunch "menu" for 15.00 euros. At that price you wouldn't expect gourmet. The food was very good; the service excellent and the ambience warm and inviting.
They have updated the facade since I took the photo. It looks much more modern now but the food and ambience remain lovely.
Favorite Dish: We had crudités, fish in a cream sauce and Ed got the apple sorbet in Calvados while I got a fondant au chocolate (my all time favorite dessert).
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LE POMMIER: My favourite
My two daughters and I celebrated our birthdays last year in this restaurant : they enjoyed it, both atmosphere and great food, we spent a great time there, almost creating entertainment (fine wine).
Favorite Dish: They may have a new MENU, it is a gastronomic restaurant: it is the right place to enjoy fine Norman meals, either with fish / seafood or meat (le "Cochon de Bayeux" is the local meat)
It is labelled "Normandie Qualité Tourisme"
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Boulangerie de la Cathédrale: The Best Gland in the Land
Not really a restaurant, but a place to buy superb French pastry.
Favorite Dish: This boulangerie has the best gland I have ever tasted.
What, you are asking, is a gland? It is a bit like an eclair, only shaped more like an oval, and it is distinguished by its green icing and chocolate jimmies. Inside is a rich cream custard. Very addictive, and I'm addicted. I've tried them from dozens of places, and the one I found here takes the cake.
This boulangerie offers two varieties of gland. The green-iced one from here has a subtle flavor of Grand Marnier. YUM!
HOTEL DE LA MARINE: CUISINE DU BORD DE MER (SEAFOOD BY THE SEASIDE)
You can find these hotel-restaurants in ARROMANCHES and PORT EN BESSIN (about 10/12 km far from Bayeux)
Both are set on quays, and from your seat you may enjoy the sunset on the sea (in Arromanches it is really beautiful). The tables are nicely laid. The waiters and waitresses very professional.
They offer 2/3 different menus, different prices (30/50 euros)
Favorite Dish: I had dinner at Arromanches(menu touristique) and it was very good. I recommend the oysters, and fish, fresh from our coasts.
Of course "Mussels and chips" is a traditional dish in this area. Most pleasant dish with cider or white wine. I usually have Norman cider.
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LA FRINGALE: Enjoy the Apple Atmosphere
If you come to Normandy I guess you agree to taste Norman local products. So why not start with the BAYEUX cider and some fresh local food ?
I recommend oysters as a starter, then "jambon au cidre" (ham served with vegetables, french fries, and cider sauce), and their apple tart tastes nicely, I was told, because I usually end my menu with a coffee, rarely with dessert.
The manager and the waiters are very nice people.
Favorite Dish: It is closed in winter. During the touristic season (April - September) better book your table.
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DOMESDAY & others: Norman Pans
This restaurant is called after the "Domesday Book" that gave to William of Normandy, king of England, an entire account of the wealth in "his" kingdom...
It is near the cathedral, you can't miss it.
The ambiance is warm, and there you may have CREPES or pancakes, or other dishes
There is a new CREPERIE-GRILL called "Pate a Pat", it might be nice, but i haven't been there yet.
If you like local traditional food, then you may also go to LE PETIT NORMAND, and IT IS OPEN ON SUNDAYS!!!!
Favorite Dish: Any, it is good food.
ask for some local cider as well, if you choose "crêpes"
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La Rapiere: Excellent Food
If you want an authentic French restaurant with a bit of class then this is the place for you. We had an excellent 5 course meal at this rather nice French restaurant.
The service was friendly, attentive but not intrusive.
Go for a feast of French cuisine. We booked a table for two for 8pm and then went for a drink in a local bar. Fast food it was not, so don't come here if you after quick bite.
Go to immerse yourself in what the French do best!
Favorite Dish: It was all good.
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Le Moulin de la Galette: For those who want to enjoy true Normandian food
This superb restaurant offers the true traditions of Normandie kitchen. Here you can choose out of a wide variation of absolute Normandian dishes and if requested, the person that serves you will explain in fine details the traditions surrounding this dish.
Besides the exquisit menu, the restuarants location is also of great ambiance. The restaurant is in an old watermill and on a sunny day it is a great joy to sit on the terrace to have dinner, while the silent Aure river runs by your table and a splendid view over Bayeux is in front of you.
Favorite Dish: Whatever your choice will be, drink Cider wine with it and see how this is served.
Suggestion for dish: something with camembert?
La Rapier: Great local place!
In a little alley off the main street, this is a mom and daughter run restaurant which I suspect is mostly for locals, but our hotel reccommended the place and it was our favorite restaurant in Bayeux during our visit. We returned often. Excellent food and good wines, all very competitively priced. Mom's english was good, and the daughters was close.
Favorite Dish: Everything on the menu.
Le Rapier: great local french food
Hidden in a little alley, this is a family owned and operated (as far as we could tell by mom and daughter) which has tons of atmosphere and REALLY good food. Have tried several meals there and never been anything but absolutely delighted with the quality and the prices!
Favorite Dish: Everything!
Le P'tit Restro is the new name of Le Petit Bistro: New Style Bistro
Only a few steps away from the main entrance to the Cathedral this tiny bistro packs a real punch..
We first came here in 2007 and so enjoyed our meal we returned (1 Oct 2009)
We found a few changes.
To begin with a change of name – Le Petit Bistro is now Le P'tit Resto.
Gone is the deep red facade – grey is now the colour to look out for..
Inside, the simple, modern decor of the dining area provides just 12 covers with some seating beyond.
The cuisine is much as before – lingering echoes of nouvelle cuisine with more substance.
It was a lovely warm day so we chose to sit outside and ordered the Formule Express – 15 euros for two courses including a generous glass of wine, plus an amuse-guelue and a tiny sweet to finish.
To start I chose petits andouilles with lardons and apple in a crusty case of finely cut crisp onions. John went for pissadaliere de thon.
The main course was roast loin of pork with chorizo, roast potato and a delicious onion and red wine sauce.
Don't go there if your idea of a good meal is a piled high, an overflowing plate.
For us this was a perfect light lunch..
Update May 21 2015
we were on our way intending to eat here again but were waylaid by rain so had lunch where the rain fell at Le Garde Manger Brasserie at Hotel Reine Mathilde. An excellent alternative.
Afterwards for old times sake we strolled past le P'tit Resto, soon after 2.15 in the afternoon. By then the Bistro was closed but the Menu Board was still out - still seems to be offering the sort of good luncheon menus we have enjoyed in the past... and still at reasonable prices.
Lovely French Dinner
We ate dinner at a restaurant at the corner of Rue des Bouches and Rue Royale/Rue Alain Chartier. I believe it was in the Hotel Mogador. We asked for outdoor seating, which was a covered patio along Rue Alain Chartier. The service was very good, but being American and used to eating much earlier than the French, we were promptly seated at 7:15 pm, and were the only guests at the time. Each of the three of us had a different meal, I had the goat cheese in a flaky pastry that was fabulous. The wine served was of course, French, but opting for the house white wine, I do not not the vintage. We opted to pass dessert there, but instead to stroll along the streets and have coffee and dessert at a small sandwich and ice cream shop at the corner of Rue St. Patrice and Rue Royale/Rue Alain Chartier (it's the same street but changes names at Rue St. Patrice). The lovely young couple that own this shop had been very helpful to us on our first day of arriving, and we patronized their shop every day. The young man's name was Michael, and he and his petite wife were extremely cordial and friendly. Please stop in and say hello to them from Missi from Jacksonville, Florida, who visited with them in July 2002. They are the primary reason Bayeux has such a sentimental piece of my memories.
Le Petit Normand: Excellent Family Restaurant
We we recommended this restaurant by the landlady of the B&B that we were staying at. It was excellent. We hadn't booked, but they were very friendly and managed to fit us in with no problems. A friendly and not too fussy place.
Favorite Dish: We had one of the set menus which was excellent. I started with Oysters and the meal continued from there.
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Brasserie Reine Mathilde: Eat with the Queen
Just behind and a little north of the cathedral is this charming little bar, brasserie, creperie which are associated with the Hotel Reine Mathilde. Of course it is named for a local historic figure, Queen Mathile, wife of William the Conqueror, so to keep the local theme, I had a tartine with local camembert and a legendary Norman tarte tatin. My son is addicted to chocolate mousse so opted for that. We all 4 tenjoyed the food, reasonable prices and the fine service.
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Restaurant Le Garde Manger/Hotel Reine Mathilde: A lovely place for lunch in the rain!
Visited 21 May 2015.
We were making our way to our favourite little Bistro for lunch when a sudden heavy shower stopped us in our tracks - right outside the Brasserie of the Hotel Reine Mathilde. We spotted two free tables under the verandah.
We quickly took our seats and were soon attended to by a very pleasant waiter who brought us menus and by the time we had made and given our choices the rain had stopped!
But what a pleasant little haven to have found.
We had exactly the kind of light lunch we wanted - I had an omelette Forestierre, John had an omelette Mixte; half a bottle of local cider, an espresso and a Chocolat Maison = Total = 33Euros.
Location, ambience, service all the ingredients to make for a most enjoyable lunch time stop.
We would certainly return and given our experience of the Brasserie, plus a report from a close friend who stayed in the Hotel would choose Hotel Reine Mathilde for a stay in Bayeux
Favorite Dish: A vey simple meal - but the Omelette Forestierre was the best mushroom omelette I have ever had!
Made me think of "An Omelette and a Glass of Wine" by Elizabeth David - even though we only drank low alcohol cider!