Wimereux’s seafront Hotel Atlantic is a  ne place to stay or dine. Photo credit © L'Atlantic/La Liégeoise à Wimereux, Facebook

Planning a trip to the Channel Coast after the pandemic? Here’s our selection of the best accommodation and dining in the area

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HOTELS

4* Hotel Atlantic, Wimereux

Seafront hotel with 18 modern rooms, all with sea view, and a highly regarded restaurant and cocktail bar.

4* La Matelote, Boulogne

Local institution, opposite Nausicaá sea life centre. Speciality fish dishes.

Hôtel Barrière Le Westminster at Le Touquet combines modernity with history. Photo credit © Hôtels Barrière, Facebook

5* Hôtel Barrière Le Westminster, Le Touquet

Completely redesigned in 2020 to blend history with modernity. 104 rooms and suites, spa, indoor pool, and Michelin-starred restaurant.

Château de Montreuil, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Extensive refurbishment under new owners. Art Deco building with 17 rooms, gastronomic restaurant and bistrot, opposite the citadel.

Hotel Loysel Le Gaucher, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Elegant 18th-century property newly opened as 14-bedroom hotel in 2020, with two apartments with kitchenette. Bar serving light meals.

Photo credit © Cap Hornu, Hôtel*** & Restaurant, Facebook

3* Hôtel du Cap Hornu, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Bay views, 15 hectares of gardens, outdoor pool, tennis courts and bike hire. 90 rooms and à la carte restaurant.

Les Tourelles, Le Crotoy

All 35 rooms have garden or sea view, including family rooms sleeping up to four people. Locally-sourced produce is served in two dining rooms or on two outdoor terraces.

Château du Romerel, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Gleaming white château with five luxurious bedrooms and 4-hectare park bordering the Baie de Somme. Candlelit table d’hôte dinners.

Photo credit © Pieux chambres de circonstances, Facebook

CHAMBRES D’HOTES

PieuX, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Four contemporary rooms in 18th-century townhouse with salon and dining room, run by local chef Alexandre Gauthier.

Le Petit Roulis, Wimereux

Four double rooms with minimalist décor and splashes of colour in a seaside villa, recently renovated. Quiet walled garden with jacuzzi.

The stylish and chic Vélocipède at Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. Photo credit © Au Velocipede

Le Vélocipède, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Five stylish bedrooms attached to restaurant of the same name, and with a further four rooms opposite at La Femme d’à Côté. Sink into chic luxury amidst a warm welcome.

RESTAURANTS

L’Histoire Ancienne, Calais

French classics from chef Patrick Comte in a traditional style bistro.

Le Grand Bleu, Calais

Excellent award-winning fish and seafood, affordably priced and close to the fishing port. Takeaway also available if you prefer to dine al fresco!

Restaurant Le Presbytère, Tardinghen

Traditional estaminet fare coupled with sweeping Channel views from the charming terrace.

Photo credit © Aux Pêcheurs d’Etaples

Aux Pêcheurs d’Etaples, Etaples-sur-Mer

This speciality fish restaurant beside the Canche river has been an Opal Coast institution since 1978, and quite rightly so.

Auberge de la Marine, Le Crotoy

Lovingly-prepared Baie de Somme specialities served in a typical local house dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

Le Mathurin, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

Eight generations of fishermen inspired this family enterprise ‘from boat to plate’. Seafood doesn’t get any fresher than this!

Plants and flowers provide the inspiration for the dishes at La Table du Jardinier. Photo credit © Jardins de Valloires, Facebook

La Table du Jardinier, Jardins de Valloires, Argoules

Chef Sébastien Crépy cooks with plants and flowers from Valloires Abbey gardens.

For more hotels and restaurants in the area visit-somme.com or head to the visit-pas-de-calais.com website.

From France Today magazine

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