All opinions expressed are our own and we may have been lucky or otherwise – but it is quite difficult to be gastronomically unlucky in Normandy. This list is in alphabetical order, not merit.
A wonderful restaurant in a magnificent location. The Auberge is tucked away in a deep valley very close to the ruins of the great abbey. The cuisine is in the Norman tradition and consistently reaches high standards. We have been several times and never disappointed. Different to but comparable with Les Glycines and also about 25 minutes drive from Le Moulin. Tel: 0233 61 42 19.
This restaurant is located at the top of the long hill from Pont Farcy in the direction of Caen, avoiding the new motorway. We are not sufficiently up-to-date to give a recommendation.
This is a transport café which is open at lunchtimes only, Monday to Friday, by the bridge crossing the Vire just outside St. Lo on the left hand side. To guarantee a seat among the routiers you need to be there by 12.15 p.m. The four course lunch is extraordinary value and includes a half a bottle of wine. Telephone 0233 56 39 42.
Quite amazing! There are fifty plus restaurants lining the sea front, most of them serving seafood of excellent quality and at very reasonable prices. In addition, in the centre of the town, there is a very famous restaurant called Les Maisons de Bricourt where the chef is Pierre Roellinger. For this restaurant, booking is essential.
About 10 minutes away – our favourite family restaurant. Always good food and great value. The price rises from about 23 euros (for four courses) but the menu is good at any price level. Monsieur and Madame Griffard are most welcoming. A small, comfortable friendly restaurant with grills on the open fire for much of the year. Telephone 02 33 56 39 42.
A simple but excellent fish restaurant at Les Salines just to the west of Brehal. Lovely views over the salt marshes with the sheep grazing and very good fresh fish. Popular with the locals so booking recommended. Rapidly becoming a favourite of visitors to Le Moulin.
Tel: 02 33 57 19 00
This restaurant is Philippe Fouchard’s (formerly of Les Glycines) Brasserie. It is in the centre of St. Lo and the food is of a very high standard – some dishes are exceptional (my own favourites include the oxtail and Philippe’s crumble desserts.). Tel: 02 33 57 19 00
Situated near St. Lo, on the Villedieu road at Candol, this restaurant offers good seafood. Not far to go and most welcoming. A recent report, however, was disappointing. Telephone 02 33 05 34 11.
The following have been recommended as especially good by visitors:
(On the road to St. Lo). Friendly and good but closed on Wednesdays.
Rue de Villedieu, St. Lo. Typically French, good food.
This is a specialist fish restaurant with a good reputation. Going out of St Lo, it is on the Bayeux road fairly close to the Haras du Pin.
Tel. 0233 552193.
This is a good restaurant and is located at the point where the road from Villedieu ends in St. Lo directly facing the ramparts. La Goniviere is on the first floor and there is a brasserie, La Cigale, on the ground floor. Tel. 0233 051536.
We have taken to these and have enjoyed good food and outstanding value. In order of merit (in our view):-
Very cheap and very popular with locals. Everything, from steak au poivre with frites to their own salad, is most enjoyable. The crepes are both the cheapest and the best we have found.
To request a booking or check availability call 01728 621121