Food and Restaurants
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Eating in the Farmhouse: Our region is renowned for its produce both from the land and the sea.
If you want to make use of our foodie-friendly kitchen and eat at home, there is a wide variety of local produce. The butchers in Thérouanne and St Omer have a good selection of meat and charcuterie.
Madame Alba at the farm shop at the top of the village sells some of the best pork we have ever eaten at amazingly good value. Their spare rib chops ('Chine' - pronounced 'sheen'), home-made pâtés (paté pruneaux especially), sausages, poultry and free-range eggs are all excellent. The butcher on the way in to Therouanne opposite the cafes has a good selection of seasonal plats preparés prepared by his wife, and his local beef is superb.
There are four bakers in Thérouanne, all of which sell bread and patisseries, including the local speciality, tarte à la crème, a delicious custard tart which is usually baked in a wood-fired oven.
If you want to eat at home but do not want to cook, most butchers sell a selection of ready-made dishes (plats preparés), which will vary from season to season. For example, venison casserole and beef carbonnade in the winter and salmon or chicken dishes in the summer. You can buy couscous, cassoulet, quiches, vol au vents, coquilles St Jacques and various gratinés (vegetables in cheese sauce) all year round.
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There are several specialist traiteurs in St Omer for more elaborate dishes and a stall in St Omer market which sells paella and couscous made on the spot in enormous pans. Auchan hypermarket in St Omer has an excellent fish counter with a wide variety of fresh fish and shellfish as well as prepared dishes. There is also an extensive cheese counter with regional specialities.
Eating Out around Delettes and St Omer: There are a number of places to eat within easy distance of the Farmhouse. The cuisine of Northern France is not as strongly regional as some parts of France and our local chefs are more inclined to experiment with the regional cheeses, local meat, game and seafood. As one of the largest fishing ports in France, Boulogne, is nearby, the fish and seafood are excellent.
There are many places to eat in St Omer around the main square. Montreuil Sur Mer has two restaurants with Michelin stars and good restaurants. Further afield Le Touquet and Boulogne also have many good restaurants. There are plenty of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Our house book has many more listed with telephone numbers and visitors' comments. Do remember that many restaurants are not open Sunday night or Mondays and most require advance bookings, especially for Sunday lunch