Susanna Scott, (left) who blogs as A Modern Mother, visited Montreuil-sur-Mer for the weekend with a couple of friends ...
"Sometimes you just have to get away with the girlfriends.
No kids, no dinners to prepare – just a little self-indulgence and delight.
Our weekend trip to Montreuil-sur-Mer was long in the making.
One of my friends had visited the Michelin-starred La Grenouillere and raved about it.
Its chef, Alexandre Gauthier, is a bit of a rock star in the foodie world. He caught the eye of President Obama after serving him local Licques chicken at the Paris COP21 conference. Then in 2016 Gauthier was named France’s top chef by Gault et Millau Guide – in some circles this trendy guide is even more prestigious than Michelin.
My friend went on to say it wasn’t the pretentious and overrated “experience” you can get in some of the UK’s top restaurants (not naming names but seriously do you need to serve a meal with an iPod piping in the sound of crashing waves). Plus La Grenouillère is nearly half the price of somewhere like the Fat Duck (oops, I named names). Then I saw this video and just had to try it!
So yes we planned our weekend around a meal at La Grenouillère! In fact, Montreuil-sur-Mer has a reputation as “La Destination Gastronomique!”
There are lots of foodie shops in the main Square, an awesome Saturday market and very reasonable restaurants and bistros with top notch food. And if you tire of eating (is there such a thing?) you can explore Cote d’Opale. PLUS all of this is just under an hour from the crossings and the locals even seem to like English speakers (at least they tolerate them!). I started to wonder why I hadn’t visited Montreuil-sur-Mer before."
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Montreuil-sur-Mer and La Destination Gastronomique are featured in the spring edition of The Good Life France, a magazine for English-speaking expats in France:
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Late July/early August: Les Miserables, Son et Lumière, Montreuil-sur-Mer
In 1837, Victor Hugo visited Montreuil-sur-Mer. A few years later, he located most of the first part of his most famous novel Les Misérables in our walled city. Staying faithful to Hugo’s tribute, each year 500 volunteers don the costumes of their ancestors and characters of the novel for this Sound and Light show.
The eight performances take place on July 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th August 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th 2018, at 10:30 pm, in the Citadel. Reservation recommended.
8th National Gastronomy Festival from Friday 21st September to Sunday 23rd September 2018
On the last weekend of summer, the whole of France will be celebrating the 8th annual Fête de la Gastronomie, a celebration of French cuisine. Over 2000 events were held country-wide in 2017, with a similar number planned this year. The festival was inaugurated in response to UNESCO’s 2010 declaration that France’s gastronomy is “an intangible cultural heritage of humanity”. Montreuil’s restaurateurs and métiers de Bouche will be displaying their unique wares and talents.
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December 8th & 9th : Montreuil-sur-Mer’s Winter Festival. Wine fair, Gastronomic dinner, Christmas market, carol singers and Christmas illuminations
Organised by La Cave de Montreuil, set over two days, this event promises to be a magnificent occasion for lovers of fine wine, champagne, spirits and gourmet food. The event culminates on the evening of Saturday 8th December, and features a celebratory dinner held in the company of La Cave’s specially-selected wine-makers. Booking essential.
An insider's guide to Montreuil-Sur-Mer
As Montreuil locals « Les Montreuillois » we are frequently asked for recommendations: where to eat, drink and shop, what to do, see and hear.
So we decided to create a platform for exactly that, an online destination gastronomique, to help you discover the best of the foodie destination we are lucky enough to call home.
We are a collection of like-minded shopkeepers, hoteliers, restauranteurs and chefs who live and work in and around the historic, gastronomic and bucolic town of Montreuil-Sur-Mer.
We are not professional food critics, but know what we like, and appreciate the efforts of our unique community to make Montreuil such a culinary hotspot.
We make no apologies for our ‘over-the-top’ language we may use as we guide you through our tried and tested favourite spots.
We hope you enjoy exploring La Destination Gastronomique as much as we have...
Located in the Pas-de-Calais we are 30km south of Boulogne-sur-Mer, 40km north of Abbeville, 75km west of Arras and 185km north-west of Paris.
Montreuil was once a seaport of great importance even though it is now some distance from the coast. Historically belonging to Picardy, from the 19th century, Montreuil was part of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and is now in the new region Hauts-de-France.
With a population of just over 2,000 inhabitants, we know nowhere within a 150km radius that can compete with the choices available at our door-step!