During the past five years we have regularly stayed at this hotel, to and from Portugal, because of the clean, simple, quiet and inexpensive rooms. But most of all because we like their menu and the local cheese. The menu offers a good choice of regional and some out of region French dishes, at prices that would please any seasoned traveller, for quality that seldom disappoints. It is not for nothing that the dining room is always filled with a mix of local patrons as well as a variety of foreign guests, often elderly Brits enjoying their leisure-travel. The owner speaks good English. If you intend to stay here, try not to wait with your booking for room or a seat in the restaurant until the last minute as you may very well be disappointed. We agree with previous reviewers that in France prices for some wines in this and similar restaurants seem to have become unduly high for what they are, while vin en pichet or the cheaper house wines are becoming extinct. We often, in that case, choose a large bottle of superb, cheaper local cider instead.
Some travellers frequently comment on the "poor" (and seemingly expensive) French breakfasts one gets in this country, like in the case of this establishment, but hey, when in Rome do as the Romans do. I, for one, hate sloppy, greasy English breakfasts and believe that baked beans are not intended for humans. Maybe these two travel tips help. A: if you don't fancy breakfast in your hotel for whatever reason, walk to the nearest baker for fresh croissants or pain au chocolat and eat these with a coffee in the nearest cafe of your choice. B: if you do stay in your hotel for breakfast, ask specifically for MACHINE coffee, which you will most likely get at no extra cost, to replace the usual chicory laden brew the French prefer. We recommend this hotel warmly for room and food.
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- Les Airelles Hotel Neufchatel En Bray