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“Warm welcome on a cold evening” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Darnetal

Le Darnetal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Crawley, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Warm welcome on a cold evening”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

The last few occasions that we have visited Montreuil we have eaten at Le CLos des Capucins. However, on this occasion we found that Le Clos was closed for annual holidays. We looked at the Darnetal and liked what we saw and made a booking for that evening.

Because the evening was very cold we expected that we could be the only diners but were pleasantly surprised to see that there were perhaps another 20 people there.

The Darnetal ofered menus at 22, 29 and 35 Euros. We chose the 29.The food was beautifully cooked and presented. The service was friendly and not rushed and when we had finished no one was hurriedly trying to give us the bill.

The restaurant itself is very quirky with a large array of objects hanging on the walls - including an array of baseball caps. Although the evening was cold outside, inside was warm as was the welcome we received.

We will most certainly return next time we are in the area.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
London
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Didn't live up to expectations”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

We visited Le Darnetal having read some good reviews but were very disappointed.

The service, wine and atmosphere were good but completely let down by the standard of the food.

Food tasted like it was heated (not even hot) and deserts tasted like they were purchased in a generic supermarket.

Overall very disappointing and won't be visiting again.

  • Visited January 2013
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MindiLondon
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Well Worth Drive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

Not having had the chance to revisit Le Darnetal since last May, I grabbed the chance to advise a bunch of colleagues that we really should include it on our 'works outing', So through the Tunnel we went and straight down the A26 stopping for an hour at the Battlefield of Agincourt (Azincourt) which now has a superb museum open year round. Then on to Montreuil for lunch at Le Darnetal.

I took the precaution of making reservations in advance - easily done - and we were quickly settled in by Jean-Paul who really has made Le Darnetal feel like a lovely French living room from around the mid-20th century - wonderfully comfortable.

The food? O la la! This what we expect from the very very best French restaurants, but here the choice of menus range from 20 to 40 euros - hint: the 20 euro menu is superb. The service is pleasant, fun, warm, and as informative as you want it to be.

After lunch we strolled around Montreuil - lovely - before a leisurely drive back up the A26 to visit the V2 rocket Blockhouse at Eperlecque before a 15 minute drive took us back to the Tunnel.

A great day out... and Le Darental remains manifique!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jon K
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Oswestry, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Quirky little restaurant with excellent cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

What a treat this is! Perfectly cooked and presented dinner in a charmingly decorated room - almost like someone's living room, decorated with all sorts of souvenirs, rugby cpas and paintings.
Fantastic service too.

Visited November 2012
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

We have eaten at Le Darnetal 4 times now and the food is magnificent. The hospitality from Liza, Jean Paul and their staff is superb. The restuarant is in a lovely postion in the centre of the town with free parking in the square by the church a couple of minutes walk away. Great choice of menus. We have had both 22 and 29 euro for 3 courses. With the 29 you can add cheese as well for only 3 euros...and it's a big cheese board! Small and cosy inside with eclectic decoration with rugby memorabilia. Jean Paul (chef) is a Stade France supporter and enjoys chatting about rugby. It is advisable to book (you can do this by email) as it is very popular. Certainly in our top 5 'best ever' restuarants

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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