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Dec 20, 2009 02:30 PM

Lunch on/ near the lower reaches of the Seine (between Les Andelys and Honfleur estuary)?

We plan to enjoy a few days driving and touring (and, weather permitting, hiking) in early 2010 along and near the lower reaches of the Seine, between (upstream) Les Andelys, and (downstream) the Honfleur estuary.

We realize that some restaurants may be undertaking seasonal closure. Still, we would appreciate recommendations, especially for lunch. (We would prefer to be on or very near the river/ estuary, but given the season, a working fireplace may be an even higher priority.)
So far, we are focusing on (heading downstream): In Port Mort (just above Les Andelys): “Auberge des Pêcheurs”; in Les Damps: “La Pomme”; in Saint-Étienne-du-Vauvray: “La Ferme”; in La Bouille: “Les Gastronomes”; in Jumieges: “L'Auberge des Ruines”; and in Honfleur: “L’Absinthe.” (We’ll be staying at “La Chaine d'Or” in Les Andelys, and that’s why it’s not on our lunch-seeking list.)

Do those who know of these or other similar places recommend that we rule any of these in or out –- or that we consider others? Thanks.


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  1. Ate very well in l'Ancrage in Honfleur 2 years ago.

    1. The not-to-miss dining room in Honfleur is Alexandre Bourdas' SaQuaNa.

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      1. re: mangeur

        I agree with Sa.Qua.Na we haven't tried it, but it is on the list.

        We did have a very good, very traditional meal at "Auberge du Vieux Logis" in Conteville (may not be far enough out of Honfleur) This was about 3 years ago, and reading Michelin it seems it may have changed hands, yet retained it's star.

      2. Is le Manoir d'Hastings too far? Yah I guess so. 30 some miles. Hummm.

        John Talbott

        1. As I mentioned on another post, my wife and I were extremely pleased with our dinner at La Fleur de Sel in Honfleur about 3 months ago, and the prices were moderate. (SaQuaNa was closed when we were there.)

          1. Parigi, mangeur, PhilD, John Talbott, and fanoffrance,

            Thank you for your suggestions -- they all now are on our list.