40, rue du Général Leclerc, 51200 Épernay
Tel. +33 (0)3 26 59 50 50
Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Situated at the heart of Épernay, by the roundabout at the start of the Avenue de Champagne, La Banque is the latest addition to the city’s restaurant world. Unusually for France, the large establishment has a long champagne bar right by the entrance. The restaurant, with its stylish modern décor, is very comfortable. The terrace out the back is inviting in summer.
The menu is fairly unsurprising, and although the food is good, it is somewhat overpriced. You seem to be paying more for the location and surroundings than for the food. The champagne list follows an unusual concept, comprising a very heterogeneous selection of champagnes from relatively unknown small producers and a couple of larger houses. A few of the choices are rather puzzling. The best thing is the availability of all champagnes by the glass and, it seems, their turnover, as in my experience at least the champagnes have been optimally fresh.