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“L'Hovercraft - more than just hot air.”
Review of L'Hovercraft

L'Hovercraft
Ranked #16 of 160 Restaurants in Calais
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $37
Cuisines: French, Bar, Cafe
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: L'Hovercraft restaurant is one of the best-known, most popular restaurants and pubs in all Calais. The supporters of northern football teams make it a point to gather here for sporting retransmissions on the big screens and there's always an enthusiastic crowd here. The corner pub looks just like a French brasserie, with striped awning, rattan chairs on the pavement under bright blue umbrellas, but inside the relaxed decor gives way to the dynamic, young footie-loving ambience. The menu includes both regional dishes and meaty grills, traditional brasserie cooking with some vegetarian choices, things like sauteed veal, endives with ham, sauerkraut gratin. All-day service and themed evenings make this a major meeting-point for travellers.
Reviewed October 4, 2013

We breezed into L'Hovercraft on a fairly miserable, rainy Tuesday evening a few weeks back. Easy parking just around the corner and a reasonable greeting saw us sitting on the heated and enclosed 'terrace' at the front of the building. It's a basic place propelled along by Gallic laissez-faire attention.

Hands washed and with a 'biere a la pression' already on the go, we chose calamari and moules frites, french onion soup and steak frites - washed down by a carafe of palatable muscadet. Good service reflected a quiet evening; the food was served promptly and although we waited between courses, the waiters put up with our Franglais and we had no complaints. The moules could have fed two, defeating my son who can always eat for two!

The evening livened up when a score or so of locals drifted in during our meal to sit where they could and watch the footy (Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League). No hooligans there as they sat eating their pizzas, moules, frites, coffees, beers and cokes. Civilised passion and a good atmosphere.

No puds, and a reasonable l'addition and so we'll mark it it down for future visits. Hoverlloyd and Seaspeed sunk without trace about 12 years ago. I'm glad this Hovercraft is still around.

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Thank CurtisG
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Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

we arrived in Calais after a long days travelling and wanted a good French meal before continuing our travels the next day.
The food was fantastic especially the moules washed down by a rather splendid bottle of Bordeaux
The service was pleasant and they spoke good English
Would recommend to anyone for a good value meal to start off their holiday

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This is an ideal restaurant for families, been there many times always good food , very French , been run by Brits for years. French and English staff and very much used by the locals so has to be ok

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Thank david k
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This is not fast food so if you are in a rush, don't visit. However, it is worth the relaxed atmosphere as it's a great place to get lunch. The lunchtime special (in our case Steak frites with shallot sauce) came with a glass of wine and and excellent coffee gourmand ( a plate or rather slate full of tiny desserts which as we were expecting just a coffee was a wonderful bonus - something lost in translation) cost just 11.90 euros. This was less than most of the main dishes so terrific value.
My first ever visit to France was on a Hovercraft so it was about time I came here. Will certainly return.
ps - I think they are starting an online ordering system in the winter which should be interesting.

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Thank tootrocker
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

We had a decent meal here, both of us selecting the 16.50 menu - escargots, beef patties, desserts and coffee. Good value in Euroland. We had some caveats. We were shown to a table which was covered in crumbs which the waiter removed by clearing them with his hand. In addition the waiter was not very attentive even though there were very few people eating. Our main course was slow arriving and left us wondering if it had been left under a warmer. We had a large glass of beer each at a total cost of 12.40 which seemed pricey. Despite all that we would go back and try again.

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Thank peterg67
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