Fine Dining in
Restaurant "Le Grand Air"
you blink at the wrong moment, you will miss the town Fiennes as you
drive past: it is a tiny little village, some twenty miles south of
(not the Irish beer) driving in the direction of Fiennes, you
come across a high hill: "Le Mont De Fiennes". The "mountain" refers to an
offshoot of the chalk layer that made "The White Cliffs of Dover" wolrd
the continent this chalk layer also includes the two "Caps": Cap Blac
Nez and Cap Gris Nez. The
chalk in the substrate resulted from the crush of billions of shells,
many millions of years ago. This is the real Jurassic Park. (From the Jurassic period)
On top of "Mont de Fiennes" is
situated the Hotel-restaurant
"Le Grand Air", which offers accomodation (a double room was
only 60 euros -£50.00- in early 2010) and very good food.
The restaurant has got two
Cheminées Logis de France, which points to a refined cuisine.
first time we visited the restaurant was on a weekday at noon. We had a
taste of the "Menu des travailleurs et voyageurs", which only
costs €14 per person (£12.00)! For that kind of money you get an
appetizer, a main dish and a dessert! You can choose from the following delicacies:
Terrine de saumon a l'oseille
Entrée du jour
Andouillette sauce moutarde à l'nacienne
bavette de boeuf,sauce chasseur
plat du jour
pavé de cabillaud ,sauce hollandaise
The other menus are respectively
€ 30, € 39 and € 49. (£25.00 /
£33.00 / £40.00) Find more details on the website of "Le Grand Air".
details on "Le Grand Air": visit the WEBSITE.
very friendly owner welcomed us like we were old friends, he coaxed us
to the end of the barroom, where he proudly lent a pair of
binoculars, offering us a extraordinary view: from the
have a wonderful overview of the ferry port of Calais (12 miles away!)
After the appetizer we enjoyed the
delicacies that were nicely presented. "Le Grand Air" does his two
"cheminées" to honor. After this first visit, we later returned on a
Saturday night, again to general satisfaction. "Le Grand Air" is a real must, and
the location in the midst of many natural beauty is a bonus.
After coffee we went for a walk in
the nearby Forêt de Guines, 2000 acres, where a statue
commemorates the first balloon flight across the Channel. As early as 1786 (!) the first
"aeronauts", Jean-Pierre Blanchard and his financier John Jeff Riesen,
in their "Montgolfières", put their balloon to terra firma,
after starting in England. Unbelievable,
but true. Just
like eating at "Le Grand Air": how it's possible to have such a
three-course meal for only 14 euro is still a mystery to me, but
Hotel-Restaurant "Le Grand Air"
132 Rue Henri Hamy
62132 Le Mont de Fiennes
De Panne (BE)
November 10, 2010
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