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Hi. We are going to Calais at the end of March on a day trip with friends. Can anyone recommend a place for a nice meal within a few miles of the town. It would be a late lunch about 2pm so would need to be open for an extended lunch period.

 

Thanks

Andrew

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Can possibly rearrange your timing?  Our favourite restaurant has always been Au Cote D'Argent by the beach at western side of the harbour mouth,  but as with many formal French restaurants it is open for lunch from 12 until 2 pm, and closed on Mondays. 

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The ferry has been booked and we don't arrive until 13.40 I realise that this will narrow the choice.

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Friends went recently and had a meal on the ferry,  they were very impressed.

 

John

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Looking for something a bit more exciting than that but thanks anyway. 

Andrew

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It’s France!!

 

There will be loads of places to choose from.

 

Andy

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I appreciate that but better to have a recommendation rather than wonder around looking. We don't have a huge amount of time.

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The trouble is that one persons idea of a ‘nice place” doesn’t always coincide with someone else’s. 

 

As others  have said it is a bit late in the day for lunch in a France, they do tend to dine at mid-day (just try and get into a French motorway service area at that time)

 

Andy

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...and arriving that late often means some things are ‘off’ the menu, having been gobbled up by the French at 5mins past 12.

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If you are crossing with P&O eat in their Brasserie, excellent food, waiter service -makes a relaxing crossing and then spend more time choosing your wines at the Hypermarket etc.

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P&O Brasserie has the best seats on the ship, as it should for around £35 for 2 courses a drink and coffee for 2!

It's peaceful, the food is (usually) excellent and the staff friendly and polite and it sounds as though your timing is perfect for lunch.

Granted we use it when crossing with the caravan but on those occasions it means we don't need to start cooking that evening.

Jim

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This may be a good option given our ferry time. Thanks

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I doubt you'll find any restaurant where you might want to eat which is open for lunch after 2.00 pm.  We like Le Vieux Fourneau which is in the town itself, and we always eat there when we can.  It's a typical French brasserie.   They do a very good value lunchtime 'Menu' and also a similar 'Menu' in the evening.   (I love their Soupe de Moules - which is served with a ballooned pastry crust actually cooked over the soup - delicious).  The website says it closed at 2.30 pm but I'm certain they will stop serving long before that.   Isn't it possible to alter your timings, so you can take advantage of a lovely French meal - it must be worth a phone call at least, unless it's impossible for you to get to Dover earlier.   

There are plenty of fast food places which will be open, but definitely not worth eating in unless you like that sort of thing!

 

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Try the Cite Europe shopping mall , the brewery does very good Moules.

 

https://www.citeeurope.co.uk/restaurants/  

 

We find that we need to sitting down by 1230 to get lunch in France

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They used to fly from lydd to France to play golf for the day or weekend, now we have the tunnel has that killed flying out there off ? 

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Have actually booked La Buisonniere which has good reviews and stays open all day on Saturdays.

 

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I went to Calais on a day trip, way back in 1968.  I was escorted back to the ship at gun point, by a gendarme officer, for having the top two buttons of my shirt unbuttoned.  He waited menacingly on the quayside, until the ship set sail for home.

 

I've never had the desire to go back there again, so unable to help with your quest. 

 

On the plus side, I would guess that he has retired by now, so maybe you'll have a better experience.

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Wunny, I think you need to tell us the REAL reason you were escorted out of France - should be a good yarn.......

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We used to use the day trips regularly in the late 60s and early 70s - and never had an experience remotely like Wunny's!  We just had a good time, brought some cigarettes and some beer (within our allowances),  bought a few 'French' odds and ends, had a meal, and came home again!

 

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46 minutes ago, The road toad said:

Wunny, I think you need to tell us the REAL reason you were escorted out of France - should be a good yarn.......

On a coach trip from our local pub for a day out in France.  It was a baking hot day in sunny Calais.

 

Most of the coach party (including my parents), were already tanked up from the crates of beer taken with them from the pub.  They poured off the ferry and made straight for a local bar, where they continued drinking and were entertained by a jolly Frenchman  wearing a striped tee shirt and a beret, playing Alouette on his accordion.  Nothing else, just Alouette.  This could be his brother.

When he started his third rendition, I & my girlfriend (ex OH to be) wandered off to the sand flea infested beach - we didn't stay long.

 

That's when we encountered the uniformed nut case. " Do up your shirt, look proper" he shouted. I looked at him, decided he was off his head and we walked away.  This time he screamed " Do up your shirt, look proper" and we continued walking,  This seem to infuriate him even more and he screamed at me again and pulled his pistol from its holster and pointed it at me - I did up the two buttons and walked away and he followed with his pistol still drawn.  I decided that I'd had enough of France and went back to the ferry.  He followed us, pistol drawn, until we were back on board and waited at the gangway until the ferry left.

 

I didn't return to France for over 20 years and have only been 5 times since.  Not had good experiences on most of those trips either. 

 

I took a coach full of BT people and partners to Paris for a long weekend.  Half were from London and half from Cardiff.  We arrived at our hotel and as we entered, the owner closed the bar.  After the long journey we could do with a drink, so asked why the he closed the bar, he replied "Because you are English"  that went down well with the Welsh I can tell you.

 

Another time we booked a sight seeing tour of Lille.  We waited by the bus for our allotted time slot and the driver did not appear.  after 15 minutes I went to the tourist office where I bought the tickets to be told that it had gone.  I explained that the bus was still there, but no driver.  A phone call was made, the driver appeared and ushered us onto the bus.  It was the quickest sight seeing tour I've ever been on - The bus felt like it was on two wheels on some corners!  Back at the tourist office, we were ushered off the bus and the driver went straight back to the bar where I dare say, he still had a beer or two to finish.

 

Glad we're leaving!

 

 

 

 

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