The 17th-century building housing the Couvent des Minimes, Alliance Lille

The best restaurants and hotels in the region, plus hidden gems only the locals know

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                                                                                                                      TOP HOTEL SELECTION

Couvent des Minimes Alliance Lille

Four-star hotel in a sympathetically restored convent around a cloister close to the Citadel, ten minutes’ walk from the Grand’Place. Gastronomic restaurant and private parking. www.alliance-lille.com

Hôtel Barrière Le Westminster, Le Touquet

Art Deco hotel with modern facilities. Spa Nuxe, Michelin-starred restaurant, brasserie and indoor pool. www.hotelsbarriere.com

Château de Montreuil, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Four-star hotel in a converted country house with Michelin-starred restaurant under chef/owner Christian Germain. www.chateaudemontreuil.com

La Matelote, Boulogne

Four-star hotel with renowned fish restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Tony Lestienne. www.la-matelote.com

Najeti Château Tilques, St-Omer

19th-century castle in wooded park, with indoor pool, tennis court and giant outdoor chess board. Seasonal menu at LeVert Mesnil in the converted 17th-century stables. www.tilques.najeti.fr

Ground-floor brasserie and first-floor gastronomic restaurant at L’Atlantique, Wimereux

Atlantic, Wimereux

Four-star sea front hotel run by father and son Alain and Benjamin Delpierre. www.atlantic-delpierre.com

RURAL HOTEL

La Ferme duVert, Wierre-Effroy

Popular farm hotel built around traditional farmyard. Gastronomic restaurant, cheese dairy; Logis de France member. www.fermeduvert.com

Auberge du Vert Mont, Boeschepe

Country inn in the Monts de Flandre with restaurant serving local produce prepared by chef Florent Ladeyn. www.vertmont.fr

LUXURY B&B

Le Cercle de Malines, Calais

Stay a night in an historic lace-making house B&B, where your host, Stéphanie, the grand-daughter of a lace designer, will share family anecdotes. www.lecercledemalines.fr

Maison 76, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Three en-suite bedrooms and a suite in an 18th-century apothecary’s mansion right in the heart of town. www.maison76.com

MAÎTRE RESTAURATEUR

Le Grand Bleu, Matthieu Colin

Inventive and original cuisine, full of colour and flavour, made with love and passion, and using fresh, regional, seasonal produce. www.legrandbleu-calais.com

Histoire Ancienne (Bib Gourmand), Patrick Comte

This quality bistro-style restaurant unites flavours and creativity in an elegant Art Deco setting. www.histoire-ancienne.com

Great food and atmosphere, with 15 character rooms, at La Ferme du Vert

RESTAURANTS

Le Meurin, Busnes

Flagship restaurant with two Michelin stars run by local celebrity chef Marc Meurin. www.le-meurin.fr

Le Cerisier, Laventie

Michelin-starred restaurant in elegant private house on the outskirts of Lille, opened 30 years ago by Éric Delerue, who trained with Marc Meurin. www.lecerisier.com

La Grenouillère, La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil

Michelin-starred chef Alexandre Gauthier’s flagship restaurant in La Madelaine-sous-Montreuil. Gault et Millau’s Chef of the Year 2016. www.lagrenouillere.fr

Green Bistrot, Wissant

Five minutes’ walk from the beach, with terrace and garden. Chef Baptiste Gosselin uses local produce with minimal food miles, whether lunch, tea and cake, or dinner. www.greenbistrot.fr

La Matelote is conveniently located opposite the National Sea Centre

ESTAMINETS

Le Barbue d’Anvers, Lille

City-centre typical regional restaurant serving traditional dishes in a spacious, book-lined dining room. Great carbonnade, crème brûlée and, of course, local beer. www.lebarbuedanvers.fr

Estaminet T’Kasteelhof, Cassel

Highest estaminet in Flanders, on the foundations of Cassel’s former château. Expect rooms packed with artefacts, local beers and dishes, games and local legends. www.estaminets.fr

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  1. This is heavily devoted to near the English Channel. The Nord-Pas-de-Calais is a large département and is neglected in this survey.

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