The Cafe de la Tour does not offer fine dining but it is an impressive Brasserie with a very wide menu and it offers good value for money.
We ate there on the evening that France played Nigeria in the World Cup - and France winning 2 - 0 set the scene for an impromptu street party in the north of Calais.
Through all this, the staff - especially the kitchen staff - kept their noses to the grindstone and served platefuls (and I mean platefuls) of piping hot food to a busy restaurant.
We were shown to and seated in the 'British Sector' which seemed to be an area towards the back where most of us spoke Franglais. That did not suit everyone and our neighbours chose to emigrate to the front of the Cafe for that authentic French experience. On another visit I think we would too, although our countrymen seemed a friendly bunch.
It was busy and they coped. The service was brisk and friendly. We had no complaints and ate for England - no light meals here. Large plates with large portions - (perhaps our reputations precede us?)
A very reasonable 'l'addition' capped off a speedy wine and beer afternoon visit to our former possession. The Cafe de la Tour has a large capacity and even though it was busy, perhaps it was only half-full. I would probably choose to eat a little further out of town during the height of the season. On our day though, it was fine and I'd give it 8 out of 10.
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