Wed 25 May 2016

Making The Most Of Montreuil: Our Team’s Tips


Our French colleagues at The Society’s showroom in Montreuil-sur-Mer tell us that as well as advising on wine, they are also frequently asked by our members for recommendations of places to visit in the area.

Clément Schmautz, Julien Gwizdziel & Marc Petit from our Montreuil Showroom

Clément Schmautz, Julien Gwizdziel & Marc Petit from our Montreuil Showroom

So, as the holiday season starts to hot up, we asked Marc, Clément and Julien to pick their top tips for visitors to the town…

…oh and while they were at it, we also asked them to name their current favourite bottle!

Marc PetitMarc Petit
One thing that I always think should be on everyone’s ‘to do’ list is a trip to the unmissable and almost mythical Caseus cheese shop. As well as local specialities, you can find just about any French cheese for sale here.
If you are looking for a stop for afternoon tea, in my opinion you can’t beat Salon Rodière – the patisserie are amazing, but they also do really good cooked meals too.

Fromagerie Caseus: 28 place du Général de Gaulle 62170 Montreuil-sur-Mer
Salon Rodière: 81, rue Pierre Ledent, 62170, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Marc’s vin du jour
MacManis Family Petite Sirah

Clément SchmautzClément Schmautz
I would recommend a meal in one of the most picturesque streets in Montreuil, Rue du Clape en Bas, at the small, family-run Le Pot du Clape where you’ll get generous meals cooked over an authentic wood-fired oven.
Le pot du Clape: rue du Clape en Bas, 62170 Montreuil-sur-Mer.
Closed on Mondays.Service from 11am to 10pm.
Tel: +33 (0)3 21 05 46 35

Clément’s vin du jour
Dourthe No 1 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux

Julien GwizdzielJulien Gwizdziel
Why not take a little walk (or bike ride – electric mountain bikes available for hire in Montreuil) around the base of the ramparts, following in the footsteps of Victor Hugo when he was looking for inspiration for his novel Les Misérables? This stroll could also be lengthened by a tour of the marshes around La Madeleine-sous-Montreuil where our local hero, chef Alexandre Gauthier has his roots and digs around for his culinary inspiration. Between the town, river and marshes, discover a page of history set in greenery (see below).

Montreuil route.jpeg

Julien’s vin du jour
Castillo de Viña Crianza, Rioja 2012 which would go perfectly with a Spanish tapas starter followed by marinated and barbecued spare ribs.

For more information on visiting Montreuil, visit our website.

Join us in Montreuil
In May and July, we’ll be hosting two special dining events with Gault et Millau’s Chef of the Year, Alexandre Gauthier, offering the perfect opportunity to visit. More information.

Categories : France, Montreuil


  1. Chris Burroughes says:

    I love the idea of all the nice things to see in & around Montreuil. As a long-standing member & grandson of one of the Society’s very early members, Dr H N Burroughes, I’m a great supporter.

    Sadly I’m excluded from participating in much of the fun, as I can’t manage steps. As sporting activities become out of members’ reach, fine (or not so fine!) wine and where it comes from, becomes a potentially very accessible pastime! But we need to know if we can, & how!

    Is there any chance of including in you recommendations, whether the establishment has level/wheelchair access? And if it’s a restaurant, to the toilets too.

    Actually, it would be good to note the accessibility of ANY of the places that the Society uses &/or recommends to members.
    Best wishes

    • Joanna Goodman says:

      Dear Mr Burroughes,
      Thank you very much for your comment, your kind words and for your entirely reasonable request! Angela Bird, a great authority on Montreuil’s numerous attractions, has compiled a guide for us here which notes disabled access throughout:
      I hope this is of use. If you have any specific questions, just ask and we will do our best to find out for you. Best wishes
      Joanna Goodman
      Communications Editor

  2. Paul Coombs says:

    Had a great trip to Montreuil and am currently enjoying wines recommended by the very helpful Clement. One word of warning, my wife and I were subjected to the most appalling behaviour and abuse from the proprietor of Le Vauban on the town square, it’s only for French people apparently!!

    • Dear Mr Coombs,
      Glad to hear you are enjoying the wines you picked up at Montreuil but so sorry to hear of your experience at Le Vauban, let’s hope the proprietor was just having a bad day!
      Joanna Goodman
      Communications Editor

  3. Nicholas Andrews says:

    My wife and I have been regular visitors to Montreuil for over 40 years. The “boys” at the Society’s showroom in Montreuil are always welcoming, unfailingly courteous and a pleasure to meet. Thank you for all the help you have given to us. You are perfect ambassadors for the Society.

  4. Charles Allen says:

    Marc and Clément have been outstanding ambassadors for the WS on our last four visits, and they could not have helped more to make our experience a pleasurable one. They are indefatigably cheerful (both possess a great sense of humour) and very knowledgeable about their wines too.
    When one of our party lost her keys, Marc and Clément rang round to find them, and did! This was service beyond what might have been reasonably expected. They are true stars.
    One word about Le Vauban – we stayed there on our most recent visit, and it was absolutely fine! All of the staff were very friendly and very welcoming. They even put up with our French!
    Le Darnetal – great food.
    Le Pot du Clape has become a favourite lunchtime haunt.

  5. Denis Christie says:

    I am extremely disappointed that the Montreuil showroom is closing in December 2016. It was always a pleasure to have Marc & Clément deal with our orders.
    It seems that no creative alternative solution for distribution in the Pas de Calais was sought. Surely an agreement, for example, whereby an existing local wine outlet would have acted as agent for the Society, could have been negotiated at little extra cost?
    A follow-up comment on Le Vauban: My wife and I had a dreadful experience there – freezing cold day, we went in for a coffee and a crepe. The owner reluctantly gave up his card game (briefly) to serve us indifferent coffee and disgusting microwaved crepes. A definite No Go.

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