Hotel de la Marine and Grandchamps Restaurant
There were no movie theaters or televisions in 18th century Louisbourg, so soldiers, sailors, and ordinary townspeople descended daily on waterfront cabarets like the Hotel de la Marine and the Grandchamps Restaurant for entertainment. They were sources not only of food and drink but also of news, companionship and games of chance.
Louisbourg was not a self-sufficient town. Though the lower class diet included locally prepared bread, spruce beer, and meat, other staples like butter, cheese, and rum were imported. Seasonings such as salt, pepper, and cloves were grown in kitchen gardens to spice up bland or repetitive meals.
Today we have used what remains of 18th century inventories to provide the Fortress of Louisbourg’s visitors with the chance to eat like their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Costumed servers and chefs make and serve authentic lower-class French meals like pea soup, meat pie, and fish of the day made from recipes over two hundred and fifty years old. Chat with your fellow visitors and try out your French phrasebook on the staff as you, like the restaurant’s original patrons. Desserts, selected alcoholic beverages, and children’s meals are available.
Menus are available below:
The Hotel de la Marine and the Grandchamps Restaurant can be found along the Quay near the Frederic Gate.
For groups of 10 or more, please call (902) 733-3548