Le Crotoy

The Harbour at Le Crotoy
Shellfish Platter, cost £25

Our final stop before we crossed the channel to the UK was Le Crotoy, a small fishing town on the Bay of the Somme which boasted a beautiful aire by the sand dunes opposite the harbour – a five minute walk from the town centre. The town had several fish restaurants as well as numerous fresh fish stalls. The restaurateurs were serving takeaway meals and the fish stalls were offering platters of fruits de mer. We were like children in a sweetie shop and struggled to choose between fish kebabs, whole fresh fish, crab or lobster. We finally chose a dish of oysters, large prawns and little brown shrimps, which the fishmonger assembled in the ten minutes it took us to go round the corner to buy bread from the baker. The shellfish were served on a large polystyrene platter on a bed of ice, protected with cellophane. We returned the platter the following day. On our second night we enjoyed moules marinière with chips, beautifully packaged and still piping hot when we got the meal back to the truck, the cost for us both was £14. Our chilled rosé wine from Gruissan went well with both meals.

The Aire at Le Crotoy