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HOSTELLERIE SAINT-LOUIS
BOLLEZEELE

HOSTELLERIE SAINT-LOUIS, BOLLEZEELE
HOSTELLERIE SAINT-LOUIS, BOLLEZEELE
HOSTELLERIE SAINT-LOUIS, BOLLEZEELE
HOSTELLERIE SAINT-LOUIS, BOLLEZEELE

It does not take long to drive from the channel ports to this well-known, Flemish hotel. Here the cuisine and the warmth of the welcome continue to impress guests of Philippe and Béa Dubreucq, who have presided at the St Louis for over 25 years.

The handsome building has modern interiors and stained-glass windows. Outside, a large garden with a fountain fronts the village High Street. The six fixed-price menus offer both surf and turf and are considered excellent value for money. A recent menu included Veal kidneys simmered in Trois Monts beer. Wines are reasonably priced and the staff are cheerful, even at breakfast which is an adequate buffet.

Superior rooms are worth the extra for those who value space but standard accommodation is also quiet and well-decorated. Don’t fret about arriving in the dark. The hotel is easy to find and the surrounding countryside is as dull as ditchwater - Flanders at its least inspiring. All the more reason to make time for the Wormhoudt memorial to British soldiers on the Plaine du Bois near Esquelbecq - a sombre, sobering place that lingers on the mind long after returning home..

Some regular channel hoppers have become devotees of the Dover - Dunkerque ferry - and not just because of Norfolk Line's keen prices. Their fleet is modern, clean and well-designed and the ambience on board is usually civilised and relaxed.