GOURMET FRANCE

GETTING THERE

Eurotunnel and Eurotunnel Motor Holidays (tel: 0990 35 35 35) offer mini- break deals from pounds 109 per car.

The Hoverspeed service between Newhaven and Dieppe (tel: 0990 240 241) will be available from 10 April.

P&O European ferries (tel: 0870 2424999) offers day trips from Portsmouth to Le Havre from pounds 12 per person and pounds 12 per car. A five-day return trip, for a car and two adults, costs from pounds 90.

WHERE TO EAT AND WHERE TO STAY

Philippe Olivier, Maitre Fromager

43-45 rue Thiers, Boulogne (tel: 3 21 31 94 74).

Le Relais de la Brocante, Wimereux, 2 rue de Ledinghem, 62126 Wimille (tel: 3 21 83 19 31). From around pounds 25 per head. Jean-Francois Laurent, chef de cuisine.

Le Lido - Jean-Jacques Pacquelet Patissier-Chocolatier, corner of rue Saint Jean et rue de Londres, Le Touquet Paris-Plage (tel: 3 21 05 22 31).

Comptoir des Vins, 88 bis, rue de Londres, 62520 Le Touquet Paris-Plage (tel: 3 21 05 47 58 6 01).

Claude et Catherine Weyl, Villa La Mouclade, 32 rue Victor Petit 80550 Le Crotoy, Somme (tel: 00 33 3 22 27 09 44). Bed and breakfast costs pounds 38 to pounds 42 for two. Dinner (including aperitif, wine, coffee, Calvados) costs from pounds 16 to pounds 18.

Marmite Dieppoise Restaurant, 8 rue St Jean, Dieppe (tel: 2 35 84 24 26).

Le Petit Coq aux Champs Hotel/Restaurant, Campigny, 27500 Pont Audemer (Honfleur) (tel: 00 33 2 32 41 04 19; e-mail le.petit.coq.aux.champsatwanadoo.fr). Set menus cost from pounds 19 to pounds 39 (six courses!); or pounds 65 to pounds 74 per person for a double room and the "menu gourmand du chef".

Domaine Coeur de Lion, Route de Trouville, 14130 Coudray-Rabut, Calvados (tel: 00 33 3 31 64 30 05) offers Calvados tasting.

Hotel de Dieppe, Rotisserie Les Quatre Saisons, Place Bernard Tissot, 76000 Rouen (tel: 00 33 2 35 71 96 00). "Caneton rouennais a la presse Felix Faure" for two - prepared in front of you by a Maitre Canardier - costs pounds 16.50 per person. Otherwise, around pounds 25 per head. Hotel accommodation plus an evening meal costs from pounds 75 for two.

Hotel Dandy, 93 rue Chauchoise, 76000 Rouen (tel: 00 33 2 35 07 32 00). Bed and breakfast costs from pounds 36 for two.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Pas de Calais/Cote d'Opale tourist office (tel: 00 33 3 21 83 32 59; website: wwwpas-de-calais.com).

Alastair Sawday's French Bed & Breakfast (fourth edition, pounds 12.95) is worth consulting. It contains more than 650 entries from across France, including the Pas de Calais and Normandy, and is of special interest to foodies (tel: 0117 9299921).

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