August 28 2010
I’ve enjoyed many a good afternoon – and night – in Deauville at the races and the bloodstock sales or just idling around on the beach during the August season. But this romantic French seaside resort is a great place to visit at any time of the year, and one of its best, but least publicised, treats is Sunday brunch at the Normandy Hotel. Famous for its distinctive half-timbering, the Normandy is the most luxurious hotel in town and its beautiful Belle Epoque restaurant more than lives up to its name with chandeliers, a pianist and windows opening out on to the courtyard.
They serve Sunday brunch here to residents and non-residents every weekend between 12.30pm and 2.30pm and for €65 a head you can consume as much as you like, along with complimentary house wine, mineral water and coffee.
Forget any notions about brunch consisting of Eggs Benedict and a bagel. The Normandy lays on a fabulous buffet ranging from traditional hors d’oeuvres and charcuteries to fresh oysters, langoustines and prawns, joints of hot beef and lamb, cold poached salmon, ham and salads, tartes, patisseries and a huge selection of local French cheeses. The food is absolutely delicious and if you think you’ve overdone it, an invigorating sea walk along the boardwalk, Les Planches, is only a short stroll away.