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  1. Hotel Kyriad

    Try the Gallettes de St Malo, Place de la Roullais, at the top of St Servan.
  2. Hotel Kyriad

    Restaurant best point is the view. Food is not great. At the barrage lock, the Bistro Quai is great, but only open for lunch, L'Escale in la Richardais is average. Their is a new creperie just a few hundred metres in towards Dinard, but no reports.
  3. French press reports.
  4. Seems they plan to charter, with options to purchase, one of the new ships that Stena are building in China.
  5. Budget hotels .

    The Kyriad at la Richardais is used by various friends and all happy. Just above the barrage, so easy access, but need to drive for decent food.
  6. 2017 Buffet Menus

    Armorique does not have a waiter service restaurant, so serves basically what is offered in all the self service restaurants, with dishes of the day changing constantly, and a darn good entrecote .... The one difference on Armorique is that you can self serve your starter, order your main course, and have it brought to your table 15 or 20 minutes later.
  7. St Malo in 2017

    La Bigne has at worst 2.4m and the gap is around 300m, so with a few metres of tide height, she could fit, though the timing of the left turn on the way out would be tricky .... ​La Décollé would need plenty of tide height, as the gap between the Banc des Pourceaux and the Pointe du Moulinet (Dinard) now dries due to the sand shifting. Again though, theoretically possible, though I would fancy the wriggling off St Lunaire!
  8. St Malo in 2017

    In general it would be the "regular" captains who use anything other than the Petite Porte. Historically, a fair percentage of them, and their officers, have been active sailors in these waters. As for la Bigne and la Décollé, good photo opportunities? They were jesting!
  9. St Malo in 2017

    To answer Gareth's question, I had a beer with Jacques (Brichet) at lunchtime, and he says that the "pilotage" certificate the captains obtain, covers all navigable channels. There followed a fair bit of banter amongst his friends about the Chenal de la Bigne, and the Chenal de la Décollé, but essentially the captain can use the Petite Porte (most used), the Grande Porte (turning west before the Grand Jardin lighthouse), La Conchée or les Petits Pertuis (leaving Cézembre to port) as they see fit, depending on tides.
  10. If they copied the "Magnus Lounge" concept from Northlink, I think this would answer many of the critics. A separated off, extra cost lounge, where you can be served your food at table. Yes, the same food as the Self Service, which, as has been said above, is actually pretty good. Freshly cooked entrecote, gratin dauphinoise (or chips ), ratatouille, for example, nice fresh starters and puddings, bottle of Chateau Noaillac ....
  11. St Malo in 2017

    I'll check on the pilotage requirements to be sure. ​Yes, bigger choice of everything at Intermarché. Their beef is always good. ​Now that the Region is responsable for ports, including St Malo, and with the contract renewal due in 2018, there is much smoke and mirrors, with the CCI (Chamber of Commerce) wanting to renew, but they have changed too, from being St Malo / Fougeres, to being swallowed by Rennes. St Malo municipality want more say in the port, and more logic in use of space and resources. In theory the silos are to be demolished and replaced by a spanking new maritime museum, but the budget is not yet complete. Everyone is aware that, if we want to retain, and grow ferry traffic, a lot of work is needed, including a new terminal.
  12. St Malo in 2017

    St Malo update 2017 A few quick notes on things new or changed around St Malo. There is some modernisation work in the terminal, and plans for a new terminal are being discussed. The contract to operate the port is up for renewal in 2018, and quite a lot of “stuff” is being talked about. The new mooring buoys for the fishing fleet in the outer harbour are now operational, but I have not seen them being used much yet …. The Boulevard des Talards is being totally done up (about time you scream), between the old station roundabout and the hospital roundabout. Due to finish this spring, and should help to stem the decline into tattiness of this area. Supermarkets. The la Madeleine centre has been revamped, but Carrefour has not changed. Cultura is enlarged and a new restaurant. A new mini shopping centre “La Place Gourmande” has opened next to the Total (formerly Elf) filling station beside the la Balue lighthouse on the way out of town to the south. Good baker, butcher (where you can sit and eat), fishmonger, grocer, cheese shop and more. Handy. The Intermarché at la Richardais on the west side of the Rance has moved a bit further west (technically into Pleurtuit), as part of the new “Essenciel” centre, where you will also find Fnac, Action and assorted other shops. Gifi is moving here this spring too. Reasonable bar / brasserie. A huge Leroy Merlin DIY superstore is a few hundred metres west. Other shopping. The new Decathlon is open behind Cora at St Jouan des Guerets, bigger and more choice. A few comings and goings on the Rue Ville Pepin (St Servan high street), but still the best place to enjoy strolling, window shopping and perhaps more…. Don’t forget the Droguerie de Marine down the bottom. The Friday market in St Servan, and Saturday in Dinard are the busiest. Farm shops are popping up, many are also present at markets. The Ferme de la Paumerais just outside Trigavou is our favourite. Restaurants. Both L’Escale and Le Ponton on the Sablons marina have changed hands in the last period. Both OK, whilst the bar L’Atterrage is much more welcoming than before. Up on the Cité D’Alet, the Bistrot de Solidor is highly recommended, especially for lunch, and you need to book. In Intra Muros, some changes, but most of your favourites still there. Autour du Beurre, Le Bistrot du Rocher and, for something different, Kaboul Gastronomie, are all worth a visit. Le Chalut just lost its Michelin star. The old Yacht Club bar / restaurant on the Bassin Vauban is now run by the Hotel France et Chateaubriand as La Trinquette, has been revamped, still has a great view and is lively. La Vague, at the bottom of Boulevard de Rochebonne is pretty good, and has the very useful mobile phone and computer repair shop opposite!
  13. Travel advice

    Crechbleizh's timings are correct, and neilcvx's itinerary the best I think. ​The drive from St Malo allows various options. I drive from home here to South Brittany every few weeks (from the Loire estuary in the east to the end of the world in the west), and for Quimper, I would go St Malo, Dinan, Caulnes, Ploermel, then down to Lorient and keep going west. Coming back, depending on time, there are some worthwhile detours and stops on the way to Roscoff.
  14. HONFLEUR - Arriving June 2019

    Did it say that the Total refuelling would be done in UK? Or could they plan to do it at Ouistreham?
  15. Engine room tours

    Spent a summer as "ship's boy" on the Auld Reekie, alias Vital Spark, the last operational steam puffer. Shovelling coal with the pistons only a couple of feet behind me was memorable ....