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.”