My wife and I have have stayed at this modern & clean Hotel on many occasions whilst visiting from England. We have eaten each time and find the food impeccable. Now we live in SW France, sadly its not near us anymore. However, we planned our annual visit to the UK this year by car, with a detour to revisit la Marine after 5 years...
It was a delight again. The staff are courteous, efficient and make a kind effort to speak English at once (sparing them my terrible French no doubt!). Having owned a restaurant ourselves (and indeed still cooking avidly for our B&B clients), we adore the creations of Laurent Cesne. Truly a gastronomic experience. Despite other reviewers who (obviously) do not appreciate that cooking of this calibre comes in smaller, more concentrated portions, we found ourselves quite fully satisfied after both having the 54€ menu - not at all expensive for a Michelin-starred restaurant. If rating this place was based entirely on food - it would be excellent.
However, there remain a few minor (though not serious) points to the accommodation side. The shower is not user friendly, being bereft of any sort of wall-fixing, although the bathrooms are beautifully presented and equipped. Noisy staff 'traffic' above our room around 7 am was a little 'unsympathetic' to sleepers and perhaps staff should be coerced to move more lightly at that hour. The rather unpleasant odour of the estuary when tide is out is beyond their control, though nonetheless an invasive problem at times. We did not take breakfast at 32€ extra for the two of us - that is too steep for morning food, sorry.
However small these minor 'niggles' are; this establishment as a whole, is perfect for spoiling oneself and experiencing expertly crafted food!
Bravo la Marine et bon continuation - à prochain!!
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- Also Known As:
- De La Marine Hotel
- Hotel De La Marine France/Barneville-Carteret