The Presbytere, an unmissable English gastro-pub in La Manche

View of the restaurant Il Presbytere, located on the banks of the Sienne and next to the church of Heugueville-sur-Sienne (Manche). In summer, the pleasant garden can accommodate up to 70 people. the two dining rooms can be privatized for events. (© Nicolas Tonnard.)

It is an atypical place, halfway between the English pub – the chef comes from across the Channel – and the Norman palace. The Presbytere – the pretty stone building that sits right next to the Heugueville-sur-Sienne church – opened its doors last May.

Two British chefs in the kitchen

The chef of the restaurant Il presbiterio (Manche) Edward Delling-Williams collects wild plants on the banks of Siena.
The chef of The Presbytere restaurant (Manche), Edward Delling-Williams, collects wild plants on the banks of Siena. (© Agency N ° 3.)

At its helm, the English chef Edward Delling-Williams. In the company of his second, the equally Englishman Olivier Dollard, proposes, in his gourmet presbytery, an English “gastro-pub” cuisine that he should surprise you with his daring and successful combinations, like his mussels and miso sauce, a delight!

After giving birth, the chef, owner of a restaurant and two bakeries in Paris, felt the need to change his life, to go green. He settled like that Courteous, near Coutances, with his family. He plans to create a farm to grow vegetables and fruit that it cannot find from its local producers: young shoots, in particular, which will enhance the dishes.

A place full of charm

When he came across the Presbytere building, which in the past housed several good restaurants, such as Le Mascaret or Athome, the chef fell in love with the charm of the place. The beams, the nice bar, the fireplaces. Without forgetting the beautiful garden, overlooking Siena.

At Presbytere, you are warmly welcomed by a young, efficient and caring team. On the map, at noon, two formulas, choice: € 20 (two courses) or € 25 (three courses). To whet your appetite or to accompany an aperitif, several proposed appetizers: oysters, olives, white bean hummus, pork rillette, homemade dried duck breast (a delight) or even sweetbreads and oyster emulsion.

Fresh, local, homemade

The Presbytère restaurant, in Heugueville-sur-Sienne, in the Manche department: beautiful dishes, the pleasure of sharing a dish, just like at home and a very pleasant atmosphere.
The Presbytere restaurant, in Heugueville-sur-Sienne, in the Manche department: beautiful dishes, the pleasure of sharing a dish, just like at home and a very pleasant atmosphere. (© Melisande Malle.)

The Presbytere works as much as possible with fresh, seasonal and local products. All homemade, of course. The day when Canal side tested this beautiful address, three plates they were à la carte: pork belly, apple and parsnip; skate wing, black trumpets and green pepper sauce (our choice, excellent) or porcini mushrooms, sheep’s leg and roast yeast. “We always create a vegetarian dish in our lunch menu,” emphasizes Nicolas Tonnard, site manager. In the evening, the restaurant offers à la carte.

To accompany the dishes, Il Presbytere has created a fine selection of natural, organic or biodynamic wines.

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Fish and chips on Friday and Sunday Roast on Sunday

And since our two chefs are British, they offer the famous fish and chips every Friday. Sunday is Sunday Roast, a real institution among our neighbors: all the pubs have a choice of roasts accompanied by potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy on their menu today.

That day, there’s a good chance your table neighbors will speak English! The opportunity, if you share one of the large tables that you like at the restaurant, “to bring people together”, to facilitate your language skills.

Practice. Open from Thursday to Monday, noon and evening. Reservation: 09 71 04 93 22. More information on The Presbytere: www.thepresbytere.com

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