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France - - Hauts-de-france -

GET­TING THERE

Ben trav­elled with Eurostar, which op­er­ates up to ten ser­vices a day from Lon­don St Pan­cras to Lille with fares from £29 one-way. The fastest jour­ney time is 1hr 20min (tel: 0343 218 6186, eurostar.com). WHERE TO STAY Ben stayed at: Novo­tel Lille Cen­tre Grand Place 116 Rue de l’hôpi­tal Mil­i­taire 59000 Lille Tel: (Fr) 3 28 38 53 53 novo­tel.com Large, com­fort­able chain ho­tel within an easy walk of the city cen­tre. Good buf­fet break­fast. Dou­bles from €75.

Na­jeti Hô­tel de l’univers

3-5 Place de la Croix Rouge 62000 Ar­ras Tel: (Fr) 9 70 38 55 01 univers.na­jeti.fr Up­scale prop­erty with a her­itage feel and a tra­di­tional restau­rant, set in a quiet court­yard close to the town cen­tre. Dou­bles from €84.

Also try: L’her­mitage Gan­tois, Lille, hotel­her­mitage­gan­tois.com; Cam­panile Ho­tel Lille Eu­ralille, cam­panile.com; Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press, Ar­ras, hi­ex­press.com

FOR AN APÉRO La Cap­sule

25 Rue des Trois Mol­lettes 59800 Lille Tel: (Fr) 3 20 42 14 75

WHERE TO EAT

Ben ate at: Les Trois Brasseurs 18 Place de la Gare 59000 Lille Tel: (Fr) 3 20 06 46 25 les3brasseurs.com Large brew­pub with hearty fare close to the cen­tre of Lille. Mains start from €9.

Also try: Café aux Trois Moulins, 50 Grand Place, 59670 Cas­sel, tel (Fr) 3 28 42 40 81; La Cer­voise Tiède, 56 Rue Vic­tor Hugo, 62410 Béni­fontaine, tel: (Fr) 3 21 77 06 28.

WHERE TO VISIT

Brasserie du Pays Fla­mand 425 Rue An­dré Plockyn 59173 Blar­inghem Tel: (Fr) 3 28 41 74 99 brasseriedu­pays fla­mand.com

Ferme Brasserie Beck

Eeck­el­straete 59270 Bailleul Tel: (Fr) 3 28 49 03 90 fer­me­beck.com

Brasserie Caste­lain

13 Rue Pas­teur 62410 Béni­fontaine Tel: (Fr) 3 21 08 68 68 brasseriecaste­lain.com

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