Just a short ferry-crossing away, Dieppe poses an interesting option for a reasonably-priced weekend in France with excellent food options. The ferry timings allow for a Saturday morning crossing, arriving in the afternoon (crossing time is 4-5 hours, and £30 return as a foot passengers) returning late Sunday afternoon – for ample time in the French seaside town.
Dieppe offers a pretty seaside walk, a castle steeped in history and some delightful dining options. Here is an overview of the food that we were impressed with during our weekend in Dieppe.
On our Saturday night there we dined at Le Turbot, having read some rave reviews on TripAdvisor. Swathed in nautical decor and packed to the rafters with happy customers (booking is a must) this small restaurant is a seafood lover’s dream.
The staff, reassuringly, speak very little English, however one of the waitress spoke more than the rest and she kindly did her best to translate the menu for us. We skipped the starters and went straight to the main event.
Tim opted for the whole Turbot, which had been baked in salt and arrived with a ramekin of creamy sauce. He claimed it was one of the nicest seafood dishes he’d been served in a restaurant and it prompted us to recreate the dish when we were back home. The salt forms a hard crust which keeps the fish very moist and peels away in a hard layer.
I ordered the scallops in a cream sauce. The scallops were perfectly cooked, sweet and plump and despite it looking like a modest plate of food it was surprisingly filling.
We closed our meal by sharing a plate of cheese. The varying strengths of cheese made a delicious end to a wonderful meal.
We were pleased we’d chosen to eat at Le Turbot, from the excellent service to the incredible food, we really couldn’t fault it.
Sunday lunchtime we dined at Le Newhaven, having had a trustworthy recommendation of the restaurant (thanks Dad!). Worth noting is that all restaurants in the area open for lunch only from 12-2pm on a Sunday. It’s wise to find your chosen lunch spot fairly early in the day as restaurants fill up fast.
Le Newhaven is situated overlooking the harbour and offers fixed price set menus in addition to a la carte options. We were keen to try the local delicacy foie de lotte (monkfish livers) and we’d spotted them in the menu at Le Newhaven.
We opted to start with a sharing platter to start featuring foie de lotte, smoked salmon and foie gras pate.
The foie de lotte was pleasant – not overly fishy and smooth in texture. Our favourite on the plate was the combination of the pears cutting nicely through the richness of the foie gras pate. The samphire was a nice addition to the plate and accompanied the smoked salmon well.
We both opted for mussels for our main course, mine a la creme and Tim’s with cheese. The pile of mussels was almost overwhelming. A mountain of perfectly sweet mussels arrived for us both and mine were delicately flavoured with the cream sauce. The cheese sauce wasn’t overly cheesy and meal was topped off nicely with a bottle of Muscadet and the view of the boats bobbing up and down in the sunshine.
We thoroughly enjoyed our food here and this restaurant is another great choice if you’re a seafood fan.
Some fantastic food shops in Dieppe offer the opportunity to take home some Normandy specialities. We sourced some foie de lotte and a lovely French oyster knife in one seafood shop.
Another shop offered delightful packages of tinned delicacies, smoked ratatouille and sardines for taking home the taste of France.
For any foodie living in Brighton (or not too far from Newhaven) a trip to Dieppe is highly recommended.
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