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L’Ermitage du Bois Joli

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This magnificent estate once belonged to a local noble family who lived there for many years. 29 years ago Martine and Pascal fell in love with it and decided to buy it to set up their restaurant.

Les Saveurs du Parc

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A sophisticated hotel in the north of France Les Saveurs du Parc has a magic modern touch in a beautiful classic building. Its many unique facilities make it a destination you want to discover. The Château is at the entrance of Aire sur la Lys and is surrounded by a three-hectare park, enticing you with the scent of flowers and the perfume essence of Century trees. Truly comfortable rooms    This hotel offers a large selection of beautifully furnished rooms, each with its own special charm and layout. Gastronomic restaurant   Dinner is set in a relaxed restaurant. Completely renovated, the restaurant Les Saveurs du Parc, serves up innovative and creative cuisine in cosy and intimate surroundings. Practical information Aire sur la Lys is less than an hour's drive east along the A16 from the Eurotunnel le Shuttle terminal at Calais. Getting there and around Les Saveurs du Parc Château du fort de la Redoute Rte départementale 943. (In front of la rue de Paris). 62120 AIRE SUR LA LYS - FRANCE Tel +33 (0) 3 21 39 01 11 Mail :hotel.mousquetaires@orange.fr www.hostelleriedes3mousquetaires.com The restaurant is closed on Mondays, for lunch and Sundays for dinner. Book your journey

Iconic Food Treasure Hunt

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Try a selection of new and classic food on your holiday We think one of the best things about travelling is trying out a nation's signature dishes. Why not follow our treasure hunt, and see if you can eat each item on our list during your next holiday? You're bound to recognise these delicious classics, but you might discover a new dish or two, as well. See how many of these different foods you can try on your next trip with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Croissant - France There is nothing more delicious than a fresh croissant. A flaky, melt-in-the-mouth pastry that is chewy in the middle, with a fresh buttery taste. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee (or tea, if you prefer) and let the simplicity of this pastry speak for itself. For the best croissant, you'll need to find a traditional French bakery, like Les Pains d'Alexis, at 18 Rue Flatters in Paris. Here you'll find the perfect, buttery hand-made croissant. A fun idea if you're really keen on this delicacy is to find a place that will show you how croissants are made. The pastry is similar to a puff pastry, and it's rolled out and folded into butter repeatedly, which is what gives the croissant its crispy layers. The pastry is cut into triangles, and then rolled into the signature crescent shape before being baked on a high heat, so that the outside stays crispy, whilst the inside remains chewy. Cassoulet - Southern France As you head to the south of France, one dish that mustn't be missed is the delicious cassoulet. This is one of the most famous dishes in France's south, and it's a rich, hearty meal that the whole family can enjoy. The dish is served in a cassole, a kind of ceramic pot, and it contains meat and/or sausages (usually pork) and white beans. It has a similar consistency to a thick stew, and the flavours are strong and warming. The dish is said to have originated in the province of Languedoc, in the town of Castelnaudary, but equally famous for the dish is the city of Toulouse. Le Colombier, at 14 Rue Bayard in Toulouse, uses sausage and duck confit from a recipe that spans hundreds of years, so it's bound to be delicious! Cassoulet is a hearty, delicious meal ideal for dinner Paella - Spain Originating on Spain's east coast, this rice-based dish has become one of the nation's most famous foods. Originally from Valencia, paella can contain any number of ingredients, from seafood like prawns and mussels, to meats like chicken and chorizo. Paella is often cooked during festivals and street parties, so if you're lucky you might come across a large skillet outdoors, and the locals might even let you take a plate! The traditional saffron paella is best tried in Valencia, but Barcelona is a little closer to home and serves up some great alternatives. Elche, in Barcelona, boasts some of the best paella in town. Their rice dishes have been praised by regular visitors from Valencia, so you know they're up to scratch. Paella can come in many different varieties Spaghetti Bolognese - Italy Odds are you've probably cooked this dish at least once in your life. Pasta, a tomato and meat sauce and perhaps some Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to top it off. However, the traditional dish that can be traced back to Bologna, in Italy, is actually called Tagliatelle al ragù. The tomato-heavy sauces that you're used to in the UK are discarded here, with the traditional recipe focusing on good quality beef and thick, fresh tagliatelle pasta. You'll find the dish throughout Bologna, but for some of the best and most reasonably priced head to Osteria dell' Orsa, on Via Mentana in Bologna. This restaurant has a laid-back atmosphere and attracts many locals. Tagliatelle al ragù is a delicious and traditional meal from Bologna Rösti - Switzerland Swiss cuisine is a veritable treat, and when dining here you'll get to sample a dish that has been adjusted and tweaked by countless other countries - the rösti. Originally eaten by farmers at breakfast, the rösti is such a simple dish to make, that you might think it would be easy to perfect. It's not until you taste the expertly crafted röstis of Switzerland, however, that you realise that all other attempts at this dish are imposters on the scene. One restaurant that is renowned for serving up authentic Swiss cuisine is Taube, in the city of Lucerne. Potatoes are shredded and then fried in fat, served with ham, cheese (often gruyere) and an egg on top. A simply delicious dish! Swiss rösti is often served topped with an egg Currywurst - Germany You needn't look far for good quality wurst (sausage) in Germany. Every butcher and deli in town will serve up a host of different sausage varieties, and one recipe that has come from the country's love of wurst is the delicious currywurst. Pork sausage is steamed then fried, and sometimes cut up into thick slices, before being served with curry ketchup. Sometimes you'll find the sausage served alone, with a sprinkling of curry powder, but more often than not it's served with fries or bread. Berlin even has its own currywurst museum! If you want currywurst with a difference, look outside of Berlin to the Ruhr area of Germany, where the dish is served up with a more authentic, homemade sauce. Check out Dönninghaus, in the city of Bochum, for a delicious version of this dish. Currywurst is a simple but hearty German dish Mussels and Chips - Belgium You may know Belgium for having great chocolate, sweet waffles, and beer. One dish that is a tasty treat when visiting this country is Mosselen-Friet (mussels and chips). Eaten across Belgium, the mussels are often served in a white wine and cream sauce, tomatoes and garlic, or sometimes a beer sauce. The Dutch way of eating them is by using a mussel shell as tweezers, to draw out the delicious tender meat. Chips should be thin and crispy, and are perfect to dip into the white wine sauce. In Brussels, you'll find many places claiming to do the best mussels, but a lot of them are expensive tourist traps. One restaurant that specialises in this sea-born delicacy is Restaurant Vincent. The marinière sauce here is the best, and this dish is a pleasant luxury to finish off your trip. Mussels and chips are delicious and fun to eat Getting there and around A culinary treasure hunt around Europe is a fantastic way for the whole family to try new foods, and you'll be met with beautiful scenery along the way. With Eurotunnel Le Shuttleyou can get from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes, so pack your bags and take this list with you on your next holiday. 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Eating at Disneyland® Paris

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A wealth of magical dining experiences Every area of Disneyland® Paris has at least one food outlet, and it's not all burgers and chips. You can find everything from stylish Manhattan-style dining to seafood and European specialties prepared by top chefs.           Meals and restraurants If you are staying within the park then you can take advantage of Half Board Meal Plans, which give you up to 10% off menu prices at a wide range of restaurants and buffets. These come in three packages, standard, plus and premium, and prices begin at £22 for adults, £10 for children.   For an unforgettable eating experience you can book to have dinner with Disney® stars. Characters from Mickey Mouse to Sleeping Beauty make their way around the tables while you enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, giving you plenty of opportunity to shake hands and get that all-important photo. Make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment.     Book your journey

Best Alfresco Dining in Europe

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Explore some of the finest spots for alfresco dining in Europe From the warmth of Southern France to the blissful beauty of the Netherlands, Europe has some of the finest spots for alfresco dining. With the sun shining down on you, and the cool fresh air lifting the mood, it's no surprise that alfresco dining is a popular choice during the spring and summer months. To help you get inspired for your next trip in the sun, we've put together a list of some of Europe's best alfresco dining spots, from Michelin-starred restaurants to quaint café . France Paris L' Entrepôt This restaurant is a part of a larger arts centre and cinema, which hosts a number of regular debates, poetry nights and concerts. If you decide to enjoy a meal here, relaxing in the outdoor dining area is a must. Sheltered by large verandas, shaded by towering trees, and complemented by the live music, this spot makes for the perfect place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner by candle light. There's plenty of choice available on the menu, and dishes range from a succulent Thai chicken salad, to a juicy steak, as well as brioche toast for dessert. Le Moulin de la Galette Located in Paris' cultural hub of Montmartre, this wonderful restaurant is situated in one of the area's last two remaining windmills. As you wander to the entrance, you'll be greeted with the enchanting wooden sails and mill of the Moulin Radet, which towers over the restaurant. The outdoor courtyard is almost like a secret retreat, hidden behind climbing ivy and exotic plants, such as palms, so it makes for a wonderful place to enjoy a romantic meal. Dine on duck confit with red wine sauce and mashed potatoes, sirloin steak smothered in parsley butter sauce and sautéed potatoes, and vanilla crème brûlée for dessert. Relax in the gardens of Le Moulin de la Galette Marseille La Cantinetta Known as one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, La Cantinetta also has one of the finest alfresco dining spots. The outdoor area has a Mediterranean-style tiled floor, and is decorated with palms, brightly coloured flowers, and towering trees that separate you from the rest of the bustling city. In terms of food, the selection is varied and delicious, with Italian classics such as fresh burrata and slices tomatoes served as a starter, and seafood, such as grilled cuttlefish, and pasta dishes as the mains. As the evening draws closer, ask for a bottle of one of their best wines, and enjoy the cosy, candle-lit atmosphere. Victor Café Located in the four-star New Hotel of Marseille, Victor Café is a contemporary restaurant that offers blissful poolside dining. Top chef, Jérôme Pollo, is renowned for using fresh, local ingredients in his food, including the vegetables and herbs that are grown in the hotel's vegetable patch. As you gaze at the breathtaking views of the city surrounding you, and the light twinkling over the swimming pool, be sure to treat yourself to a beautifully cooked Kobe beef steak. Other delightful dishes include swordfish steak and tiramisu with caramelised pear, which you can enjoy with a glass or two of the French wines on offer. The Netherlands Delft Stads-Koffyhuis During your time in the beautiful Dutch city of Delft, be sure to swing by this charming café that's perfect for a late breakfast or lunchtime treat. For the best experience, sit outside, where you can enjoy views of the Oude Delft (the oldest canal in the city) and Oude Kerk, a gothic church with a 75-metre tall tower that leans slightly. As you relax with the scent of flowers, choose from a range of delicious sandwiches, fresh pastries and pancakes, as well as coffee, tea and local beers. One of the best drinks is the café's Satan Coffee, a delicious hot drink that's mixed with chopped ginger and topped with whipped cream. Spy the leaning Oude Kerk as you sip on coffee from Stads-Koffyhuis Amsterdam Café de Jaren Café de Jaren is famous for its terrace, which is located at the rear of the restaurant, on the Kloveniersburgwal canal. Shaded by beautiful hanging trees, you can look forward to relaxing by this long stretch of water whilst dining on delicious food. On top of the terrace, the restaurant also has an upstairs balcony, which provides visitors with views of the River Amstel. Whether you're stopping by for a quick salad and coffee for lunch, or indulging in their wild boar with star anise, cinnamon and sweet potato dish, Café de Jaren has a full range of options that are available throughout the day. If you're in the mood to treat yourself, book a spot on the balcony for high-tea, where staff serve up mouth-watering scones, cakes and delicately cut sandwiches with refreshing pots of tea. Enjoy the sun at Café de Jaren Spain Madrid La Terraza del Casino Part of the Casino de Madrid, La Terraza del Casino is a two Michelin-starred restaurant run by top Spanish chef, Paco Roncero. Located on the casino's rooftop, you can look forward to admiring Madrid's skyline, as you relax under the glow of Victorian-style street lamps and candle light. The food produced here is mind-blowing, and almost like a piece of edible artwork. The a la carte menu offers a range of tapas dishes, which include salmon marinated in miso, with deconstructed tartar sauce, and pesto gnocchi with squid. Mains are just as delectable, with the pigeon with gelé cru apples in cassis being a popular choice. Complement your meal with a bottle of wine from the restaurant's extensive list, but be sure to ask for professional assistance from the onsite sommelier first. Admire the beauty of Madrid Barcelona Federal Café After a day of exploring the beautiful architecture of Gaudi, and perusing the stalls of La Boqueria market, make sure you enjoy a pit stop at the Federal Café, which is located in the up and coming Poble Sec district. At the top of this three-storey building is an enchanting rooftop terrace, that's dotted with fresh potted herbs, tall plants and bushes, which shield you from the bustle of busy city life. The café serves up plenty of mouth-watering organic food, including cakes and pastries, and makes for the perfect little oasis to relax in with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea after a busy day sightseeing. Explore the sights of Barcelona Getting there and around Sometimes the best meals are enjoyed in the bright sunshine and fresh air of outdoors. If this post has inspired you to make the journey to one of these top alfresco spots, be sure to make the journey with Eurotunnel Le ShuttleIt takes just 35-minutes to cross the Channel, so you'll be sipping ice cold drinks on a sunny terrace in no time at all. Book your journey

Maison Adelia

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Step into a French kitchen! The Maison Adélia is located in the historic centre of Saint-Omer where the owners, Murielle and Laurent Berthélémy, are well known for welcoming you into the restaurant as if it were their home!

La Haute Ville Restaurant

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Turn your day trip into a gourmet experience! Luc Zimmerman, the owner and chef, welcomes you to his restaurant; a cosy yet refined authentic French restaurant in Boulogne, at the heart of the fortified town, opposite the cathedral. Enjoy a gastronomic dining experience of classic French cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood dishes, all prepared with the finest ingredients: plaice, sole, seafood platters to name but a few. Traditional home cooking also has its place with Beef Bouguignon, baked Maroille cheese pancakes, and crème brulée transformed before your eyes. Select from a range of set menus (€21- €45) and sample their delights in the beautiful flower bedecked terrace where al fresco dining becomes a real pleasure. Every effort is made to ensure locally purchased fresh products in season are used in the restaurant.

La Brasserie du Thomé

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Lunch with a view! La Brasserie du Thomé is a panoramic restaurant set in a converted WW2 blockhouse. It is situated at the top of Mont d'Hubert, 150m above sea level. All its tables offer superb views across the English Channel; Escalles country side, Wissant bay and Dover Strait. Specialising in local seafood, the Fréchou family welcome you, providing traditional French cuisine. Enjoy the views as you tuck into a truly scrumptious meal. Cap Blanc-Nez Enjoy a very pleasant walk along the coastal paths on the cliff top and visit the former defensive buildings from WW2. Cap Blanc-Nez offers spectacular views across the channel and up and down the Opal Coast. On clear days The White Cliffs of Dover seem no distance away at all. Practical information Only 15 minutes from our Calais Terminal. Situated on the provincial road D940 linking the village of Sangatte to that of Escalles on top of Mount Hubert, opposite the Cap Blanc Nez visitor car park. Getting there and around Thomé de Gamond Mont D'Hubert, Cap Blanc Nez 62179 Escalles www.capblancnez.com Book your journey Opening times: 12:00 to 15:00 (last orders by 14:30) The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays.

La Chartreuse

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A night in a French Château Situated on the North region, near Lille and Béthune, La Chartreuse du Val Saint Esprit, is a stunning 4-star hotel. A 15,000m² garden with flowers, vegetables and fruit supplies the three restaurants with fresh produce all year round. You will also find tennis courts, a fitness room and several lounges to sit back and relax. Choose your preferred Suite! This charming 4-star hotel has 53 unique rooms all with their own individual style. You will find four different room designs; tradition, privilege, deluxe and family. All rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs with French and International channels, telephone, free WiFi, minibar, safe and double or twin beds. Bathroom suites have shower and bath, your welcome pack includes a bathrobe and slippers for all rooms (except tradition) Rooms for only €147.   A gourmet experience at Le Robert II or ... Le Robert II is the gastronomic restaurant of La Chartreuse du Val Saint Esprit. His chef is perfectly in tune with the reputation of French cuisine. He and his team experiment with flavours and textures to create mouthwatering dishes cooked with great care and flair. La Distillerie La Distillerie, the French brasserie, welcomes you to a traditional and picturesque atmosphere,  Scottish curtain, vaulted ceiling, wooden chairs and benches ... Getting there and around 5 min from A26 Exit 6, Béthune is 45 min from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal Le Domaine de la Chartreuse 1 rue Fouquières 62199 Gosnay Tel : +33 (0)3 21 62  80 00 levalsaintesprit@lachartreuse.com www.ledomainedelachartreuse.com Book your journey

Aux Pêcheurs d'Etaples restaurant

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Straight from the fishing boat to your plate! You can't eat fresher fish than at Aux Pêcheurs d'Etaples. Located above a fishmonger near Le Touquet, this restaurant sources fish caught fresh in the morning. The setting is simple, the food well presented and delicious. The waiters are on hand to advise on delicious choices of dishes and wines. With an incredible variety of fish and shellfish, you will not be disappointed!

Cafe de Paris

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Experience the Parisienne bistro atmosphere… in Calais Le Café de Paris is the biggest brasserie in Calais with a typical Parisienne bistro atmosphere. Maître-restaurateur, M Hervé Lefebvre welcomes you in a child friendly environment and provides home cooked traditional French cuisine all prepared with locally sourced produce. Getting there and around Café de Paris - only 15 minutes from our Calais Terminal. Situated in one of the main streets of Calais Nord next to the watch tower " La Tour du Guet". Restaurant Café de Paris   72, rue Royale 62100 Calais Tel: +33 (0) 3 21 34 76 84 www.cafedeparis-calais.com Opening Times: Open daily from 09:00 to 01:00 (local time). Continuous service. Book your journey

Au vieux fourneau

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Traditional and refined cuisine Set within the style of a typical brasserie of the 1900s, the restaurant, provides traditional and refined cuisine all prepared with fresh produce of French origin.

L'Atlantic Hotel Restaurant

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A gastronomic dining experience with stunning sea views Turn your day trip into a gourmet experience! Alain Delpierre, the owner, welcomes you to l'Atlantic Hotel Restaurant. Located along the pretty promenade of Wimereux, a charming seaside town between Boulogne and Calais, l'Atlantic Hotel Restaurant offers you a choice of dining experiences: from the restaurant La Liégoise to the more relaxed atmosphere of the brasserie l'Aloze. Enjoy a gastronomic dining experience of classic French cuisine with an emphasis on seafood dishes all prepared with the finest ingredients. L'Atlantic Hotel and Restaurant is pleased to offer Eurotunnel Le Shuttle customers a choice of two offers ensuring fine dining and impeccable service. Getting there and around Located on the promenade in Wimereux, just half an hour's drive (40km) south of Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais terminal L'Atlantic Hotel Restaurant Digue de Mer 62930 Wimereux Tel.: +33 (0)3 21 32 41 01 www.atlantic-delpierre.com Opening Times: La Liégeoise Restaurant closed sunday evening and monday lunch time except on bank holidays. L'Aloze Restaurant closed sunday evening and monday except on bank holidays. Lunch from 12:00 to 13:45 hours Dinner from 19:30 to 21:00 hours Book your journey

Best Restaurants in Cannes

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Sample fine food in southern France Sunny Cannes, where the bronzed get more bronzed, the yachts just keep getting bigger and the glitterati gather for their awards. But, there's one thing about Cannes that is in everyone's reach, and that's its delicious food. It's not all expensive restaurants and glamorous bars (although there's plenty of them, if that's what you're looking for). This stylish seaside town has some hidden gems, affordable luxury and authentic restaurants which stay true to its fishing village heritage. There's something to suit all budgets and you'll soon be on your way to foodie paradise with our guide to the best restaurants in Cannes. Exploring Gastronomic Rue Meynadier There's a good reason, Rue Meynadier is the most famous street in Cannes. Charming 18th century houses have been transformed into boutiques, restaurants and cafes. This is a great street for food adventures in Cannes that won't squash your budget. You'll find rows of specialty food shops here including Ceneri (22, Rue Meynadier), a fromagerie which sells to the region's most famous restaurants! For your sweet-tooth, step into chocolate heaven at L'Atelier Jean-Luc Pelé (number 36, Rue Meynadier), a patisserie filled with handmade chocolates, glorious cakes and what is said to be the best macaroons in town. When the sight of all that yummy food has made you hungry, pop into Chez Thérèse (88 Rue Meynadier) for traditional French fare. Choose your dish from the chalkboard menu and enjoy an inexpensive meal. Recommended: For exploring gourmet shops and restaurants. Seafood at Astoux Brun Coquillages Astoux Brun, on the corner of rue Louis Blanc and rue Felix Faure has some of the best seafood in Cannes. Pick from a menu of quality, fresh seafood including oysters and paella. Tuck into a steaming bowl of mussels or pick a platter full of goodies to share. You can even make up your own seafood platter. Why not head here for a late-lunch to avoid the crowds? Recommended: For the best oysters in town. Authentic Provençal dishes If you're looking for a cosy atmosphere for dinner, try 24 Suquet Restaurant (24 rue du Suquet) in the oldest part of Cannes. It serves up authentic Provençal cuisine such as duck aiguillette and the menu prices are reasonable, at this little gem. Recommended: For affordable and authentic regional food in a cosy setting. Fusion Food with a View Sea Sens restaurant (1 rue Notre Dame) is the Five Seas Hotel's crowning glory…literally. Dining in this 5th floor restaurant, you'll see panoramic views of historic Le Suquet and the glamorous city below. Chef Arnaud Tabarec and his team mix French and Asian influences to create their taste sensations. And, you can finish off your meal with a dessert created by renowned pastry chef Jérôme de Oliveira. Bon appétit! Recommended: For a romantic dinner (Thurs-Sat) or a great value lunch while you bask in the sun (Mon-Fri). French Bistro Food Hidden away, a block from Rue d´Antibes, is the traditional French bistro L'Affable (5 rue de Lafontaine). Relax in the modern dining room and watch Chef Battaglia work his magic in the adjacent kitchen. Along with a buzzing atmosphere and attentive service they offer some great lunch deals. This small restaurant is very popular so it's best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Recommended: For a leisurely, 2 or 3 course lunch at affordable prices. Michelin-Starred Restaurant For a complete sensory experience the Michelin-starred La Palme d'Or has it made. Found in the Hotel Martinez on 73 boulevard de la Croisette, dining in this art deco restaurant is a real treat. Chef Christian Sinicropi prepares inventive French cuisine using local produce. You'll enjoy his lovingly prepared, contemporary dishes in stylish surroundings with beautiful views overlooking the bay of Cannes. Known for its impeccable service, it's one of the best restaurants in Cannes, so you might even spot a movie star or two eating here. Recommended: For a special treat or those with a big budget. Dine in a Converted Medieval Farm House This is definitely out of the ordinary and all the better for it. At Chateau-Hotel Vignette Haute restaurant, you'll drink from tumblers and eat from table sets made of pewter while oil lamps cast an atmospheric light on your table. The restaurant is tucked away in the hilltop village of Auribeau-sur-Siagne, a short 20-minute drive north of Cannes. You can choose to enjoy your meal in the medieval ambience of la Bergerie (Animal Barn), la Grange (Barn), la Tour (Tower) or on the Terrace.Recommended: For lunch with picturesque views or dinner by candlelight. Once the mega yachts have sailed, it's time for Cannes' fine food to shine. Are you ready to tuck in? Getting there and around Cannes is a 10 hour 20 minute drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais terminal. Why not break up your journey with a stopover in lovely Lyon? Or explore Dijon at the halfway point (5 hours' drive from Calais), also famed for its good food and wine. Book your journey

Le Grand Bleu Restaurant

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One of the best restaurants on the Opal Coast Located opposite Calais harbour, you can enjoy fresh produce, often organic and cooked with a touch of originality. France is famous for its delicately prepared and inventive cuisine and the Grand Bleu brings you just that! Mathieu Colin, although still young, is an accomplished chef. After completing his studies in Calais, Mathieu joined the Ducasse Group (Alain Ducasse is one of the most acclaimed chefs in the world) where he soon became assistant Chef. He then moved on to a famous Parisian restaurant called "Le Pavillon Ledoyen", located down the Champs Élysées; employed as trainee chef, he soon became second in charge and a year later Head Chef.   Forward thinking by nature, Mathieu Colin is always seeking innovative recipes. Mathieu and his wife Cindy would like to welcome you to the Grand Bleu and delight your taste buds in pleasant surroundings... Getting there and around Located opposite Calais harbour, just 15 minutes from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal. Le Grand Bleu restaurant Quai de la Colonne (Facing the inner harbour) 8 Rue Jean-Pierre Avron 62100 CALAIS Tel: +33 (0) 3 21 97 97 98 www.legrandbleu-calais.com/fr/   Closed on Tuesday evening, Wednesday evening and Sunday evening Book your journey

Cuisine of Northern France

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Traditional Northern French food French food is renowned for its quality and style, with each region bringing its own characteristic cuisine to the table. Meal time in France is much more than just eating; tradition calls for them to be a social occasion, a chance to bring people together, enjoy carefully selected dishes, local produce and that all important pairing of food with wine. Northern France is celebrated for its hearty food and, not surprisingly along the coast, its fish dishes. This region also produces more beer than wine so you're likely to find a beer-infused stew on the menu and locals sipping a refreshing lager with their meals. Regional food of the north is wholesome and ingredients are usually chosen from what can be sourced locally.   A great place to start your culinary tour is Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a northern region of France, close to the Belgium border. There is plenty to explore so whether you're just passing through or want to make more of your visit, this Eurotunnel Le Shuttle guide will introduce you to some of the cuisine highlights and visitor attractions not to be missed. Calais Head to the centre of Calais and you can take your pick from a host of quality restaurants including Le Vieux Fourneau, on Rue Royale. There's plenty of parking nearby so you can pull up the car and fill up on fine French food after your cross-Channel journey.   Calais has a vibrant cultural scene with lots of entertainment options as soon as you set foot on French soil. One of the highlights is Le Channel Theatre, built by French architect Malgras in 1905. Opera buffs, theatre fans, comedy devotees and classical music enthusiasts can choose from a vibrant programme of both traditional and modern works. Thanks to the creation of the Restaurant du Théatre, Le Channel, you can now enjoy fine French cuisine in this unique artistic atmosphere. Depending on the size of your appetite you can choose a three-course meal in the restaurant or a light snack such as a warming bowl of soup or a selection of tapas to share. Wimereux   Just half an hour's drive (40km) south of Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's terminal in Calais, sits the coastal town of Wimereux. This traditional resort maintains much of its architectural character from its Victorian era heyday. You can take a walk along the promenade or golden sands, past beach huts, shops and tempting patisseries. By the sea wall you'll find Restaurant La Vie Est Belle. After picking up a Michelin star from his long stint at La Brocante in Wimille, chef Jean-Francois Laurent now heads up this lovely restaurant in Wimereux. You can relax in the cosy dining room or sit and breathe the sea air from the terrace while enjoying dishes made from fresh, local produce. Although it's at the pricier end of the scale, a meal at the L'Atlantic Hotel Restaurant is almost guaranteed to be both creative and fresh. For a real treat try the speciality fish dishes such as the turbot or delve a little deeper and sign up for one of the cooking courses. Boulogne-sur-mer Boulogne-sur-mer is a large fishing port just 30 minutes' drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais terminal. As you would expect, fish is the focus here and there are many excellent seafood restaurants to choose. Bar Hamiot is the most popular restaurant in Boulogne-sur-mer. Sitting down for a meal is an experience not to be missed, with its Parisian Brasserie look and feel and panoramic views of the fishing port. Fish dishes are prepared from catches fresh from the line that day and brought from the fish market at the port below. Le Welsh Pub is the oldest restaurant in Boulogne, a friendly place which, despite the name, has a very French menu. There are pub, brasserie and restaurant food options to choose from. A classic plate of oysters or a delicious meaty stew are just two examples of the sort of food on offer. The restaurant's location on the central cobbled square means you can browse around stalls of local produce at the vibrant market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. While in the square, don't forget to pop into Boulogne's oldest church, St Nicholas for a slice of history. Continue the sea theme with a visit to the Nausicaa Aquarium, National Sea Centre. This is much more than just an aquarium. You can discover tropical reefs and mangrove swamps, delve into a submerged tropical rainforest, learn why a sharks' reputation as a vicious beast is undeserved and watch African penguins waddling around a purpose-made beach.   Boulogne sur mer is 30 minutes' drive from Calais heading west along the A16. Paris To extend your trip and sample more tempting French regional food variations then head to Paris. As a transport hub, almost every regional cuisine ends up here. This is also the perfect opportunity to experience eating in a Parisian brasserie which has become a French institution.   Starting life as taverns serving beer and hearty food, brasseries have preserved their Art Nouveau charms and become sumptuous dining rooms with glistening mirrors and hand-painted murals. It's here that you'll find authentic specialities at reasonable prices. Brasseries tend to be large and busy which makes for a lively atmosphere and are generally open late. If you're looking for a more romantic setting then Brasserie Flo has dark panelled walls and dim lighting to set the mood. You can try some classic dishes such as steak tartare and the menu changes every day so you'll never run out of options.   For a riverfront setting, try the Restaurant La Plage which has a range of speciality seafood and shellfish. The menu has a seasonal emphasis and the elegant, seaside-themed interior provides a relaxing environment to enjoy delicate fish dishes and fine wines. Getting there All the towns above are within 30 minutes' drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal with Paris, a further 3 hours along the A16. Book your journey

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