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Eating onboard Brittany Ferries

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Eating onboard Brittany Ferries


We're travelling on the 20.30 from Portsmouth to St Malo on the Brittany Ferry Bretagne this June. Has anyone any information on the food available in the restaurant ? Is it OK to rely on the restaurant or would we be better taking a 'picnic' ?



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1. Re: Eating onboard Brittany Ferries

Assume you are going to St Malo on Bretagne.

There is a coffee shop, a cafeteria and Les Abers restaurant.

In the restaurant for about GBP18 there is a buffet starter, main course at your table then buffet desserts and cheese. The child menu is also served here at the same price as the cafeteria.

Very good value if you don't suffer from seasickness.

Cafeteria is a mix of French and English dishes, all usually good.

Can get busy. There are drinks vending machines around the ship.

Any more questions please ask.

Breakfast can be a rush so you may prefer to have a snack then stop at the first bakery in France for croissants etc.

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2. Re: Eating onboard Brittany Ferries

Dear Jane

The food is absolutely ok on the boat - I haven't ever used the actual restaurant but use the cafeteria very regularly.

It is always hot, plenty of it, and freshly cooked, so I personally wouldn't worry about picnic! Unless you are on a very tight budget.


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Haven't used Brittany Ferries for a few years but eating in the restaurant was always one of the highlights. Excellent value, great food and a decent ambiance. It makes the journey seem shorter but beware, get to the restaurant to book as soon as you board the ship as there is always a queue to reserve tables from seasoned travellers. From what I remember, you will be very lucky to just arrive and expect a table. Brittany Ferries were always impressive and if you have booked a cabin, which is a must on the night sailing you are on, the restaurant gives a great start to the holiday befire retiring to bed! Enjoy.

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What a lovely route to enter France ! We do it many times. Doing that particular route - it is longer which is good - because you also get a chance to get your head down. But the restaurant (main) always opens up early - so get to the boat in good time & head straight there! (after sorting out cabin?). The starters are the highlight ! And to be honest we are always a little disappointed - by comparison in the Mains ! But so what ? The Starters are great & then there are all the puddings & then all the cheeses - if you do have any room left coffee! Not to mention that the wines have been chosen by masters ! An all together wonderful experience & a good start to a french holiday - shame its so expensive to get on the boat !

A Bientot !


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Not a direct reply to this topic but a word of warning, we travelled on the Pont L'Abbe Plymouth Roscoff last year. The food was dire and there was no self service at all causing problems for many young families. It is an old boat and this cannot be changed apparently!

We will take picnics in future on this boat, such a shame as all other Brittany ferries are excellent.

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6. Re: Eating onboard Brittany Ferries

Hi Jane,

Just back from three weeks France, out on the 20.30 with the Bretagne from Portsmouth back on the fast cat from Cherbourg (two hours)

The self service restaurant on the Bretagne is very good the steak especially or you can go "Posh" and book a table in the a la carte.

We treat ourselves to a commadore cabin, all mod cons, free mini bar and breakfast served in your cabin, they sleep three, one is a sofa bed.

Hope this helps,


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