Le Mancel

Apersonal approach as the Mancel Chef consists of giving special expression  to Normandy and its network of products.
Le Mancel, in the castle of Caen
Le Mancel, in the castle of Caen

The Castle : An open-air museum

The castle's architecture dressed in stone and greenery gives a panoramic view of the city of Caen from the top of its towers. The large bay windows of the restaurant setting in a modern and contemporary building set us in an idyllic location.

The Mancel Restaurant creates a balance but also a link between the castle's history and the tempestuous population of Caen.


Several modern pieces of art from artists such as Auguste Rodin, La Grande Ombre (1902), Antoine Bourdelle, Grand Guerrier (1894-1900), Huang Yong Ping, One Man, nine animals (1999) which is a monumental complex of ten sculptures leaning on four to twelve feet hight masts each, deposit of the National Funds of modern art. There are also François Morellet, Un angle deux vues pour trois arcs (2015), Jakko Pernu, Ceiling Light (2016), an order from the museum for the Boreales Festival.

Our Restaurant

We are nestled within the  castle grounds in Caen, next door to the Fine Arts Museum  and the Museum of Normand History; just up from St Pierre’s Cathedral and the historical city center. Within our remparts, you can also visit the Ducal Palace   «  the Exchequer » .

Behind the restaurant, in the garden of the statues you can see the very original exibition « One Man, Nine Animals » by Huang Yong Ping.

The Mancel Restaurant was built in honor of Pierre Bernard Mancel, who had a famous bookshop in St Jean Street. He was a knowledgeable  book expert and book collector. Pierre Bernard Mancel howbdied in 1872,  a modest man and generous  donateur bequeathed : collections , paintings to the city of Caen including the famous Virgin and Child By van der Weyden as well as many other fine etchings which are all exposed in the Fine Arts Museum.

In the restful and peaceful atmosphere  of our establishement inbued with  local history, you will find a warm and discreet welcome.

The Mancel Restaurant proposes dynamic and unique cultural events in an idyllic settings such us : jazz evenings, dinners shows and exibitions.

Here we know how to create original entertaiments and work meetings centred on specific themes.

PANORAMA OVER THE CITY OF CAEN FROM THE CASTLE
PANORAMA OVER THE CITY OF CAEN FROM THE CASTLE
View from the castle
View from the castle

The mancel's chief

Our style of cuisine : creative and rediscovery of local norman country side and sea-food products

Jean Christrian THOMAS

Jean Christian THOMAS, Chief


I combine both Country and Coast in my love of Unique Normandy cuisine and I wish to captivate you !

The values that I hope to inspire in my team as a Mancel Chef


The appreciation and elaboration of our local gifts : unique country side and sea products.

Concerning our apprentice-chefs, I wish to transmit my knowdlege , my experience as a chef who loves his work

The constant guidance , the diversity of cultures, innovation and the unique home made on the spot.

My locals producers


We are committed to highlighting the Norman know-how and its products by surrounding us with exceptional and passionate producers

La Laiterie d’Amélie, les escargots de l’Odon, les Jardins d’Arlette, les Cours des Halles, la Manufacture Michel Cluizel, la Ferme de l’Etre Soyer, les Tripes Viroises Michel Ruault, la Glace de la Haïzerie, le Sel de Guérande « producteur direct Frédéric Boisteau Paludier récoltant Guérande », le Miel du Perche (les cadres noirs Bellême), le Gruyère de Carrouges, la Teurgoule fermière de Gaec Muris (50), le Maquereau de Trouville, la Coquille Normande / Poisson de nos côtes « Planète Mer - Top Atlantique » Volaille Normande / le cochon du Père Marc / Bœuf Normand / Véritable andouille de Vire (Lebailly, SOCODN), le Beurre d’Isigny / Mimolette / Fromages (Prodelis), les Épices et vinaigre ( Good Epices), les Huîtres la Belle de Nordet Asnelles, les Champignons de Creully (Champi Ouest), l’Huile de colza normande (Norhuil), le chèvre de Banvou. Teurgoule de la Sée de la Ferme Muris.

Les bières de La brasserie de l’Odon et la Trotteuse. Les cidres et jus de pomme de la Ferme de Billy, le Calvados et le cidre du Domaine Familial Louis Dupont. Nos couverts, verrerie et assiettes Guy Degrennes.

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Or call us directly+33 (0)231 86 63 64

Le Mancel
Restaurant du Château
Le Château de Caen
14000 Caen, Calvados
Téléphone : 02 31 86 63 64
Le Mancel - Accès Handicapés

Le Mancel - Accès Handicapés

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Le Mancel - air de jeux

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Le Mancel - Parking gratuit

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Le Mancel - Wifi

Le Mancel - Cuisine maison

Le Mancel - Cuisine maison

Le Mancel - Monument historique

Le Mancel - Monument historique

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