Restaurant review with Shirley Kirk

Hotel La Ferme Saint Simeon
20 Route Adolphe Marais 14600 Honfleur
Telephone 02 31 81 78 00

Having recently had a “big” birthday, two of our very good friends decided to help soften the blow and treat me and the other half to a posh lunch and a cheap night in a hotel in Honfleur. The posh lunch was booked in what is probably one of the best hotels in the area, Hotel La Ferme Saint Simeon. It really has the wow factor and as it was a special occasion, we thought it only right to start with a bottle of champagne in the lounge before lunch. Well you only live once! A selection of canapés arrived with the champers and we were treated like roy- alty. It’s worth mentioning that the lounge has a panoramic view overlooking the Seine estuary and on a day when it isn’t raining, is stunning.

For lunch we selected the Menu Toutain at 55 euros rather than a la carte, as we wanted to stay friends! There were 4 courses and each one a delight, ranging from a delicate monkfish to beef cheeks in a consomme and superb dessert. The courses are impossible to describe and the lunch menu changes every week, so check out the website.The wine list, as you would ex- pect was special, with some of the wines in excess of 3,000 euros! However, we didn’t want to push our friendship too far and so we let them choose a suitable wine to go with the meal! It was certainly an experience to remember and worthy of that special occasion. There is a spa, bistro and sumptuous rooms. Failing that, take a coffee in the lounge bar and look at the sea.