You'll find plenty of good restaurants in Montreuil-sur-Mer in Nord Pas-de-Calais. The charming town with its picturesque fortified citadel and good shopping offers the visitor a wide range, making this a favorite stop for those wanting a touch of the French good life.
Chateau de Montreuil
4 Chaussée des Capucins
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 21 81 53 04
The Chateau de Montreuil restaurant is a real treat and ticks all the boxes for those after a top meal. The hotel is lovely; there are gardens to stroll around, the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, and the cooking from the chef-owner, Christian Germain, well deserves the Michelin star it has earned. The best ingredients, including vegetables and herbs from the chateau garden, are used for dishes such as sole with mussels, puree of celery in a beer foam and duck with cloves. The set lunch menus are from 28 euros and are worth the journey alone. The 3-course a la carte menu is 78 euros and the Chef's Tasting menu is a surprise fabulous culinary journey through seven small courses costing 100 euros.
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 21 06 04 87
On the square opposite the Coq Hotel, this jolly restaurant is cosy, with red tablecloths, pictures on the walls and an impressive array of caps belonging to the owner, Jean Vernay, who's a great rugby fan. Traditional favorites like turbot with a Hollandaise sauce, snails in garlic cream, and duck as a main dish, suit both visitors and locals who fill the restaurant. Best to book in advance.
Menus from 16 euros for lunch, and 21 to 38 euros for dinner.
51 Bis, Place du Général de Gaulle
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 21 86 72 32
Co-owned by Alexandre Gauthier of L’Auberge de Grenouille and William Elliott, chef at the Westminster Hotel in Le Touquet Paris-Plage, Froggy’s Tavern is a chic and fun restaurant, offering good meals at good value prices. Menus from 21 euros to 28 euros offer the likes of a charcuterie platter, snails, or black pudding tart for starters, and char-grilled lamb shoulder or perhaps spare ribs for mains. Desserts take in chocolate fondant and poached prunes with honey ice cream. There’s a good courtyard for sunny days.
17 rue du Clape en Bas
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 21 05 46 35
When all you want is a hearty home-made soup with home-baked bread, perhaps with the freshest still bubbling quiche from the wood-fired oven,
Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (closed Mondays.)
Rue de la Grennouillere
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 21 06 07 22
The restaurant has two well-deserved Michelin stars and a growing reputation. Alexandre Gauthier has upped the ante with a cooking style that reflects current preoccupations with experiments in flavors and cooking methods. But the inherent tastes and textures in dishes like ravioli with lobster cooked with green mangoes, or whiting in a warm golden crust with lime and capers, are not sacrificed. This is serious cooking, very well done.
The dining room is shaped like a forge and there are saddle leather seats; the decor matching the fireworks in the cooking.
How to get there from Montreuil
Take the D139 west out of Montreuil for about 3 kilometers.
Le Clos de la Prairie
17 rue de Saint Remy
Gouy Saint Andre
Tel.: 00 33 (0)3 21 90 39 58
While many of the diners are staying the night, this is a restaurant in its own right. Various menus are available, from 25 euros to 37 euros. Choices might be pan-fried languostines with vegetables, or locally caught sea bass. Meat dishes are equally inspired and desserts are all home made.
How to get there from Montreuil
Take the D901 signposted to Abbeville, then turn left onto the D939 signposted to Hesdin. Gouy St-Andre is signposted to the right.