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We stayed for I think our 4th time early October, when the valley was full of mist in the morning, the Auberge covered in geraniums and vine de feu – Virginia Creeper at its flaming best - and the table set outside the front door covered in gourds and pumpkins. This has become our favourite stopover on the way from or to Calais – a very, very French beginning or end to a holiday. If you want TVs in your room, modern decor, busy nightlife or the latest dining sensation, don’t come here. If you'd like honest goodness, locally sourced food that really, really TASTES, attentive and kind service, an old fashioned feel and a totally peaceful, quiet night...this is for you. We’ve stayed in various rooms in the Auberge – all quiet although the place does creak and the walls can be thin. But the water is hot, the towels warm and fluffy, the bedlinen excellent, the bed itself comfortable. We loved the painted lampshades – local since the views are of the Canche Valley. This time we stayed in the new Chambres d’hotes owned by the hotel a minute’s walk down the lane. Our room had windows on two sides, one looking over rooftiles to the river – no sound except for a distant murmur of water. The shower room was brand new – lovely tiles and basin, big showerhead, smashing shower. Dinner and breakfast were in the main building and since it was Sunday night – the French tend to eat on Sunday lunchtime – we were alone. But the room was laid up for us beautifully with candles and flowers on every table, and it was clear we could have whatever we wanted from the menu – the kitchen waited upon us. We opted for the regional menu, with cheese, at 34.50eu. I started with the aperitif maison – well worth having. A cremant with Genièvre and I think redcurrant liqueur. We had an amuse bouche of radishes, tomatoes, a little tart, a fold of an omelette or ficelle, and slices of fennel. The vegetables are so fresh and crisp and have so much taste. We then had a small bowl – another amuse bouche, really – of pumpkin crème, with dish placed prettily on a leaf of vine de feu. We both opted for starter the Legumes de soleil (veg dish of courgettes and mirepoix, pepper stuffed with chevre and basil cream) then Pintade Fermière au Vinaigre de Framboises. Perfectly cooked, wonderful full tastes.The cheese board was exquisite – about a dozen choices, all in prime condition, all local. For pud my husband had tarte au pomme with ice cream and I had Parfait Glacé au Genièvre de Houlle et Pain d'Epice. We finished with excellent coffee – decaff – and I had an eau de framboise. We asked Monsieur Six, who after all used to be a sommelier, to choose the wine and as ever he brought us something delicious and not too expensive – I’ve had brilliant wines on his recommendation before and he always suggests something good, and never breaks the bank. We slept oh so peacefully and came back for breakfast – again, in splendiferous solitude with totally attentive service from Monsieur Six, who is so charming, so helpful. Freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, fresh croissants and baguettes and lovely jam. We could have had cheese and cold meats too if we’d wanted. It’s personal, it’s delightful, it’s ‘France Profound’. I’d highly, highly recommend it if it wasn't for the fact that I'd prefer to keep it secret.
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