When the oldest inn in France has the good taste to be in Rouen, it would be a shame to miss a meal in its walls! And when you know that the area has been welcoming gourmands since 1345, isn't that the promise of a perfect meal? The hostel has a crazy character, with its half-timbered facade, its geraniums that add a touch of colour to the Place du Vieux-Marché, and its multicoloured flags that symbolize the openness to others and the sense of undeniable hospitality that we find here. Celebrities, from Princess Grace of Monaco to Salvador Dali, via Serge Gainsbourg, have jostled there, and Rouen-style duck is a tradition. But if it's this slightly flashy reputation that makes you come, it's definitely the quality of the cuisine that will make you come back! In the kitchen, chef Vincent Taillefer knows better than anyone how to prepare duck with the press and crunchy sheep's feet, all the must of Rouen's cuisine. As for the other dishes and delicacies, it is difficult to choose or recommend anything, Vincent Taillefer elaborating each season a new menu in which tradition is combined with innovation.
Flags of different countries fly on the half-timbered facade. Appreciated by tourists and guests of the region, the Couronne is the oldest inn in France, which nowadays houses one of the best gastronomic addresses in Haute-Normandie, run by Jean-Dominique and Darwin Cauvin. It is in the historical setting of this 1345 building that gourmet delicacies come to savour delicious dishes, prepared by chef Vincent Taillefer, a member of the Rouennaises toques, and offered à la carte or in the seasonal menu - which varies every month - at 25€, Norman menus at 35€ and 45€ and the gourmet menu at 48€. Here, Norman cuisine is highlighted. Among the must-sees, the Crunchy sheep's foot, the Rouennaise duck - prepared in front of the customer by the press - and the Norman soufflé are sure to delight all taste buds. The wine list with 300 references contains some very fine wines. The six rooms and lounges (2 to 200 seats) create a cosy, relaxing and friendly atmosphere. On the Place du Vieux-Marché, the terrace faces the museum dedicated to the Pucelle d'Orléans, Jeanne d’Arc.
The oldest inn in France - it dates back to 1345! - displays an impressive guestbook and photos of celebrities who have stopped by. On the menu, specialities from Rouen highly executed by chef Vincent Taillefer and products of first freshness: sole meunière, section of turbot in hollandaise sauce, side of beef in Normandy sauce... Favourite for the impressionists' menu of flavours
Superbly preserved, this Norman house from 1345 would be the oldest inn in France! A local institution, ideal for enjoying a pleasant classic cuisine.
The oldest and most famous of the tables in Rouen. On the most visited tourist square, this beautiful half-timbered facade remains a source of pride in Rouen's imagination. The very faithful Vincent Taillefer endeavours to convey this reputation without making too many waves, with a range of adapted menus offering a little regionalism in a traditional vein. Some beautiful old vintages in the cellar, service applied in a picturesque setting.
France's oldest inn has welcomed many personalities between the panelling and draperies of its traditional salons, and foreign tourist groups often include a lunch in this place that maintains its reputation. The duck with press, prepared before the eyes of the guests, is one of the top Norman specialities to which the menu is a credit.