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Soulac Beach House

A "New England-style" holiday rental for 6 in Soulac sur Mer, Gironde coast, SW France

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Soulac restaurants tend to operate from early April until late September although many are open through the October school holidays and at weekends out of season. There are so many to choose from, you could eat at a different one each day during a two-week stay. Most of them are child friendly and will serve child-size portions. Favourites with our guests are the Brasserie de La Plage ,and La Cabane, both literally on the beach -dismantled in late September and rebuilt each May.
 
Fish features a lot on the menus but you can also find crepes, pizzas, Thai & Vietnamese, or just go for ice-cream sundaes at Judicis. For an early evening aperitif and some nibbles, try the Bar Cave des Amis or le Comptoir du Vin.

 

 

Gambas (giant prawns) are farmed at several places on the estuary and served fresh at the Guingette de la Plage, opposite the Memorial to the Cockleshell Heroes, at St Vivien-Plage, and also at La Gam'guette at Le Verdon, where they serve gambas by the kilo, accompanied of course by chips. (July to September only).

 
 
 
 
The route of the Wine Trail from Chateau La Tour de By to Chateau Loudenne takes you through St Christoly, so you might like to stop off for lunch at the Maison du Douanier. This charming restaurant overlooks the Gironde and is just the spot for an unhurried meal. The cooking is more sophisticated than you will find in Soulac but it is still very affordable.
 
 
For a lunch stop on the Grand Crus Classés wine trail, there are good restaurants in Pauillac along the waterfront. You could also try the Café Lavinal  in at the nearby village of Bages, part of the empire of Chateau Lynch-Bages and Relais-Chateau Cordeillan-Bages (the Gironde's finest hotel-restaurant). At the tables next to you, will probably be executives and office workers from the wine trade, a sure seal of approval for the fixed price lunch menu. In Pauillac itself, on the riverfront, is le Petit Commerce, little sister of hugely popular le Petit Commerce in Bordeaux, visited by Rick Stein in his weekend away series.