As I said in a previous post, we decided to visit the northern coast of Normandy for a few days to get away from the heat in Paris. Fécamp started out at the mouth of a depression, where the Ganzeville and Valmont rivers meet and flow into the sea. It was the capital of the duchy of Normandy until the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, when William of Normandy, who inherited the English crown from his cousin Edward the Confessor, sailed across the channel with a full fleet to defeat Harold, the pretender to the throne, at the Battle of Hastings. This is part of the same Côte d'Albâtre (Alabaster Coast) as Étretat. The section around Fécamp also goes by the poetic name of le Pays des Hautes Falaises (high cliff country) conjuring up the flavor of salty air and the shrieks of circling gulls.
This is a small (about 25 covers), totally unpretentious restaurant with a cozy ambiance and pleasant welcome from the minimalist but highly professional and efficient staff. Its speciality, not surprisingly, is fish from a modest, yet imaginative, menu. The Slate is the creation of Sébastien Truth. After working in several restaurants in the area, the young chef embarked on his own business, with the desire to share his culinary experience. The menu is Norman cuisine with only fresh, never frozen and always in season fish.