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“Title Fools Gold”
Review of Auberge Normande

Auberge Normande
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Ranked #4 of 26 Restaurants in Carentan
Cuisines: French
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 13 May 2014

My wife and I had gone out for a drive in Normandy when the weather turned dark and forbidding, so when we saw a restaurant up ahead with a warm glow, we jumped at the chance to take a break and enjoy more of the lovely Normandy hospitality and gorgeous food we had so far experienced on our trips out. Unfortunately like fools gold, all that looks what you expect is not always the case.

To be honest we should have backed out when we first entered, the atmosphere just felt off, but in true Brit style we were here and too polite to back out now.

The décor was what I would call 1930 kitch and the food going past to the other dinners looked enticing.

How ever when ever the staff in this establishment interacted with us it was in my mind an off hand manner, now I am not going to pretend that my French is anything other than very basic or that we have not had a few language barrier mishaps whilst here in Normandy but every establishment from the local bread shop to the super market has been supportive and helpful and we have got by. Not so at this establishment very little effort was made with the language barrier in fact at times in felt like the complete opposite.

We finally ordered two steaks medium one with pepper sauce, the other with cheese sauce. We went with steak as the table next to us had had steak and it looked amazing.

When ours was dropped off, not arrived as quite literally the waiter held the plates above our eye line and I'm not short...said something very rapid in French and dropped them at the table before scooting off again.

We were dropped off two steaks, without steak knives that the other dinners had been provided, one with no sauce so over cooked as to be well done, the other with so much fat on it..... After several minutes of trying to grab anyone attention we finished what we could and asked for the bill (one of the few French phases I have mastered). Upon which we where brought the desert menus again I said no and asked for the bill. After what seemed like an age we left the table in search of the bill finding reception paid up, including our expensive bottle of evian water when all the other dinners had been given tap water.

So I was stunned upon leaving when the staff member said in very clear English "good bye and enjoy the rest of your week."

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Thank TwoG33ks
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

Two of use ate here one evening. Very pleasant service and a good evening meal and a bottle of wine. Not too expensive and the food of good quality.

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Thank JanLaw21
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

18 of us booked into this hotel-a good choice as part of Logis de France.Always a safe bet.
Restaurant were a touch overwhelmed with number but we were not in a rush;lock gate did not open for another 12 hours!!
All happy with choices and many of us had the local cider-same as 2 of us had the night before in L'escapade which opposite side of the road-near to SNCF station.
Not expensive-we could have splashed out more but no need to.

Thank mprice867
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Where do start? Appalling staff, manager looked at his watch twice before going to find us a table (it was 9.30pm..), even if the restaurant was mostly empty, leaving us to wait in front of the bar that was covered with dirty glasses. We sat in the courtyard, next to an open kitchen door with radio blaring and hung laundry from the hotel.
The menu is traditional and varied, quite pricey but the translation in English would be hilarious if it wasn't so appalling (laminated sausages anyone?). The cutlery was cheap and bendy, the glasses not matching, and one of our starter was left on the table until dessert arrived.
After waiting for more than 10 minutes for the bill after our desserts plates had been cleared, we went to the bar to pay, passing in front of the reception and manager who did not lift his head from is computer screen. Waiter at the bar was chatting with his mates, told us we had to go to reception to pay, no apologies.
The manager had to redo the bill twice before handing it to us, not sure why, there was only 2 of us with straightforward menus. He then asked us if all was ok to which we replied no and started to explain, but he seemed unbothered and did nothing to apologise, blaming it on waiter!
All in all, huge disappointment for place that looks quite nice and upmarket for the town. Don't go there, they clearly don't need your money!

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Thank Skyyblu
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

A group of 7(5 adults and 2 children) went for lunch without a booking. We were seated inside in a well appointed dining room,the staff were friendly and efficient. The food was made of local fresh ingredients.the desserts were outstanding ( in size and taste!)

Thank Nellymrph
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