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No fly foodie heaven, a short break to Lille

Here’s another great offer to celebrate National Ferry Fortnight – and some delicious ideas for your trip to Lille.

Lille is a great destination for foodies – and it’s very easy to reach from the UK. MyFerryLink operates up to 16 daily crossings on the Dover-Calais route and, once you’re on French soil, it takes a little over an hour to drive to Lille. You could plan a short break to Lille – or even a day trip to stock up on French foodie treats.

With a rich history, culture and great places to eat, the cobbled streets in Vieux Lille have beautiful 17th century architecture and great shopping opportunities. Attractions to visit here include Vieille Bourse, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille and the Musée de L’Hospice Comtesse.

Once the sight-seeing is done, stock up on French goodies including local cheeses, chocolates and patisseries and speciality bread. If you have a sweet tooth, one of the best cake shops in the region is the iconic Meert where you can enjoy afternoon tea, have lunch in the restaurant or stock up on goodies from the chocolate shop. Established in 1761, Meert’s fashionable, Louis XVI-styled tea room was created by the architect, Cordonnier. Sumptuous cakes are abundant, but Meert is most famous for its waffles.

If you’ve saved enough room for dinner, try Le Compostelle a former coaching inn. It serves traditional French food such as duck magret and medallions of monkfish with seaweed. Or for a more upmarket option (with prices starting from £50 for a two course meal), check out L’Huîtriere, a restaurant specialising in seafood, particularly oysters.

And for your accommodation, consider charming L’Hermitage Gantois. Part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the hotel is centrally located, boasts 72 rooms decorated with oak panelling in a Louis xv-style and features a glass-covered courtyard.

If you’re sold on a Lille-style feast, MyFerryLink is marking National Ferry Fortnight by offering passengers the chance to save up to £20 with a free upgrade to MyChoice flexible fares on bookings.

Passengers with kids can also take advantage of MyFerryLink’s “Kids Eat Free” offer when travelling between 27 March and 10 May.

Lille shops in the town centre

Rang de Beauregard is an ornate row of 17th century houses and boutiques

Shop for flowers at Marche de Wazemmes

Shop for flowers at Marche de Wazemmes

Tearoom in Lille, Meert

Stock up on chocolate treats from the shop at Meert


Book a special offer Dover to Calais ferry journey:

Free upgrades on flexible tickets: MyFerryLink’s MyChoice fare is a more flexible option so passengers can make changes to their booking without having to pay an amendment fee. All bookings made using the offer code NFF2015 during National Ferry Fortnight (2 March to 15 March) will automatically receive a MyChoice fare for the price of a standard MySaver fare. This fare offer is valid for travel between 1 March and 10 May 2015.  Fares for a car and up to nine passengers start from £45 each way for longer stay travel and from £29 return for a day trip. Plus, for every two course adult’s meal and drink purchased in MyFerryLink’s family friendly Le Relais restaurant, travellers will receive a free child’s main meal plus an ice cream pot.

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