Around & About

You will find lots of leaflets etc. in the house under the stairs, but here is some additional info./ideas.



Villers Bocage – Wed.

St. Lo – Saturday

Bayeaux – Wednesday and Saturday

Cahagnes – Friday

Caumont L’Evente – Wednesday

St Martin des Besaces - Saturday


Markets usually start around 8am and finish midday – the one in St. Lo is the biggest and is open all day.


SUPERMARKETS/SHOPPING – all but the largest supermarkets close between 12 and 2pm every day, except Saturday, and while butchers, florists and bakers are open Sunday mornings little else is – same applies to buying petrol so remember to fill up!  Most have a late night opening on Friday but otherwise close by 6pm.

When closed petrol stations will take cards, but only French ones!


Ecomarche – Caumont L’Evente (open Sunday morning)

Champion/Atac – Villers Bocage

Leclerc – St. Lo and Bayeux

Carrefour – several in Caen

Champion – Torigni-sur-Vire

Auchan – huge one in Cherbourg


BANK – Credit Agricole in both St. Martin des Besaces and Caumont l’Evente – cash machines will take English cash/switch cards and will give you directions in English


HOSPITAL – nearest one is – help, I don’t know, but will find out! Caen!


EATING OUT – be aware that you can have some disastrous meals in France – I have left some info. in the house about places I have been to and enjoyed – including some very basic truck stops where you get five courses and a litre of wine for about £5! Places I like are:-



71 Rue Saint-Jean, Bayeux   - Tel: 02 31 92 06 90.  V. posh hotel but serves very good lunch for about £15.



In Balleroy – Michelin starred luxury restaurant – good value for lunch, posh but local farmers use it too!  Closed – all day Mon., Sun. eve. & Wed. eve.  Tel: 02 31 21 60 94



In St. Lo – not far from the Leclerc supermarket  - good on atmosphere but food is a bit pretentious although edible.



Monstrous truck stop place just off the A84 I think at junction 40, can easily be identified by the dozens of large articulated lorries outside at meal times – don’t go for the food, just the very French exclusively male atmosphere – I was the only woman on the times I’ve been there. Five courses of barely edible food and a litre of wine or cider for about £5. Great fun.


PIZZA – every saturday evening a man with a van stops in the square in Caumont L’Evente and does good pizzas made to order – slow going but good home made pizzas.



In St. Lo – my favourite proper French bistro, has a bright red exterior.  40 rue Neufbourg.   tel; 02 33 57 19 00



A good typical local restaurant friendly staff but not much atmosphere – go into St. Martin des Besaces, turn right at the lights and restaurant  is 1½ miles up the road on the right hand side


LE CHAPEAU ROUGE – Guilberville – past Le Poule au Pot , about 5 km. From the house. V. trad. but quite friendly.



Beny-Bocage – signposted from St. Martin des Besaces – typical small French hotel with excellent food in a quite formal hotel dining room atmosphere.




L’ANDREADE – on corner of road at La Lande sur Drome – looks lovely and I used to go there a lot but it has since changed hands food is pretentious and service is rude.


LE TOQUEVILLE – Cherbourg – on the big roundabout – the rudest service I have ever had.




Look out for Routes des Traditions signs along the road – usually leading you to local producers of cider etc.  


Ferme de la Riviere – Pain a l’ancienne – bread made using wild yeast only, produced at this farm just a mile down the road, towards Sept-Vents – after 2pm on Saturdays and Wednesdays only – also sell farm eggs too.

National Stud - St. Lo  

Races – Granville – advertised in local paper

Christian Dior museum - Granville

Le Soutteroscope – Caumont L’Evente – caves, worth a visit if you like such things

Zoo – Jurques – looks tatty but is actually quite good.

Bee keeping - Mr. Charozé – off road between Caumont L’Eventé and St. Lo - interesting

Festyland – Caen – theme park, like a poor man’s Disneyland

Bayeux Tapestry  

Normandy beaches – all along Northern coast - Arromanches

Villedieu-les-Poelles – famous for manufacture of bells and copper pots

Hot air balloon museum and chateau – Balleroy – owned by the Forbes family

Fishing – Parc des sources d’Elle – at Rouxeville, on road between Caumont L’Evente and St. Lo. Has space for picnics and small cafe I think.  Open March – Oct. 7.30am – 7pm


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