Chablis (20-25 minutes drive)
There are some excellent restaurants in Chablis, and a variety of wine tasting options. Top recommendations include: L’Hostellerie des Clos, Le Syracuse and Le Bistrot des Grand Crus
Auxerre (15-20 minutes drive)
Auxerre has a wide selection of places to eat, with some nice spots down by the river. Le Jardin Gourmand, in the centre is particularly recommended or Le Quai down by the river.
Joigny (20-25 minutes)
The famous La Cote Saint Jacques has 2 Michelin stars and is fabulously expensive. A lovely alternative, down by the river is Le Rive Gauche.
Irancy (35-40 minutes)
Le Souffle in Irancy is a hidden gem.
Hauterive (3 minute drive, 15 minute walk)
Open for lunch every day except Mondays, L’Auberge is unlikely to win any culinary awards, but it is good, honest (and cheap) fare and an easy option if you’re looking for a quick fix. (Straight ahead from the front entrance, turn right at the main road and the Auberge is at the roundabout.)
Seignelay (5 minutes drive)
The Hotel du Commerce is a short walk from the medieval covered market and offers a set menu, roughly on a par with L’Auberge mentioned above. Also look out for the pizza van that comes Saturday and Sunday nights and sets up shop in the open area in front of the Mairie.
Monetau (10-15 minutes drive)
The Terrace Gourmande in Moneteau, along the road to Auxerre is very good (don’t be put off by the décor). The terrace, overlooking the river (Yvonne), is lovely in the summer.