Eateries and viewing on Les Hunaudieres

Eateries and viewing on Les Hunaudieres

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Caterbroon

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58 posts

58 months

Thursday 12th April
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Does anyone know if the KFC and Pizza place at the first roundabout are open during the race and if so, if the viewing is any good from there? The KFC has an upstairs but if its open I'm guessing it will be packed out all day (and night).

On a similar point, there is a Macdonalds on the D92 just off the second roundabout and I wondered how far up towards the straight one might get if the Mac D's was open. There's a few industrial units up that way too so it may be that the whole place is just closed off as its too big to police.

I hope I haven't just alerted huge crowds to a previously unknown viewing point - but I suspect that's unlikely.

leyorkie

720 posts

104 months

Thursday 12th April
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I assume it is the same as Family Village the shopping centre opposite McDs
It’s fenced and sheeted to prevent viewing with access to the restaurants around there.
Not been in the newer places up near Antares but the Audi garage opposite has viewing from the terrace
In practice there’s no free grandstands

The Outsiders

12 posts

5 months

Friday 13th April
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KFC and D’art are both open during the race, the upper level at KFC is not always open as it rented out for private functions. Viewing is pretty good as the cars are flat out and the food is regular prices and doesn’t make you ill.

Please don’t tell too many people though!

Bobo W

566 posts

180 months

Friday 13th April
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Cafe des Hunadieres is open all race long - just before first chicane - they do a darn good breakfast and <cough> viewing available in upstairs bedroom

Hotel Arbor is also open all race - just after 2nd chicane - there's normally a charge to get into the car park but you get a beer and sandwich

Storer

4,708 posts

143 months

Friday 13th April
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You are going to France and plan to eat at KFC, McDonald's, et al.

Why on earth do you want to eat that crap in a country where really great fresh food can be found at almost every small scale café or restaurant.



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lowdrag

8,879 posts

141 months

Sunday 15th April
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I'm curious; how on earth can you get access during the race? McDonalds and the shopping centre that side of the Hunaudières is completely off limits (as is Family Village opposite) unless you have special passes, such as marshals. Access to the Hotel Arbor is a trek around the north of Tertre Rouge down to Ruaudin and back towards Mulsanne, and even with my credentials they haven't wanted to let me in past their barrier. As regards KFC, the only access is behind Antares and that is blocked off during racing.

The Outsiders

12 posts

5 months

Sunday 15th April
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[quote=Storer]You are going to France and plan to eat at KFC, McDonald's, et al.

Why on earth do you want to eat that crap in a country where really great fresh food can be found at almost every small scale café or restaurant.


We camp in Garage Vert and the walk to KFC is quite handy, the food is normally priced and, unlike the food in the circuit, less likely to make you ill. Saves taking the cars out when the alcohol levels might be a bit high

leyorkie

720 posts

104 months

Sunday 15th April
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I’ve been into Family Village from the Ruadin road but rhe entrance off the roundabout is closed off. Not been round for a couple of years though so info may be out of date

old'uns

171 posts

61 months

Sunday 15th April
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leyorkie said:
I’ve been into Family Village from the Ruadin road but rhe entrance off the roundabout is closed off. Not been round for a couple of years though so info may be out of date
same here although it was a Thursday during practice.
Ate in the Chinese backing onto track but the fences next to terrace outside are clad in dense green mesh so can't see through.
I can't remember if you can sit upstairs? pretty sure the toilets are there but i'd assume viewing is restricted or paid for?

RickRob

42 posts

41 months

Monday 16th April
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The Outsiders]torer said:
You are going to France and plan to eat at KFC, McDonald's, et al.

Why on earth do you want to eat that crap in a country where really great fresh food can be found at almost every small scale café or restaurant.


We camp in Garage Vert and the walk to KFC is quite handy, the food is normally priced and, unlike the food in the circuit, less likely to make you ill. Saves taking the cars out when the alcohol levels might be a bit high
The in circuit food last year was truly awful. This year (Classic not 24 Hours) I shall drink little alcohol and drive out to Arnage village for some decent food. My body still hasn't recovered from last year's overdosing on carbohydrates.

lowdrag

8,879 posts

141 months

Monday 16th April
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You do realise that there is one of the best restaurants around at Arnage? Not cheap, and you need to book, but google Auberge de Matfeux and prepare to be amazed. If you are feeling flush, the wine list goes up to €8,000 a bottle. But the food is not that dear, and we love it. Food around £50 per head. At the last Classic it was €16 for a bloody slice of pizza, and €7 a pint. They can sod off as far as I am concerned. I haven't even bothered to ask for press passes since the took our parking rights away. They now bus us in from a mile away.

giveitfish

3,001 posts

142 months

Tuesday 17th April
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lowdrag said:
...Access to the Hotel Arbor is a trek around the north of Tertre Rouge down to Ruaudin and back towards Mulsanne, and even with my credentials they haven't wanted to let me in past their barrier.
Have only been to Hotel Arbor once, in 2015. It was the third stop on our early Sunday tour which started at Arnage pre-dawn, then Mulsanne, then Arbor. IIRC it was a 10 euro per head charge at the barrier for a coffee and croissant, which also happened to get you in the car park next to the track.

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Le Mans 24, June 2015 by giveitfish, on Flickr

Storer

4,708 posts

143 months

Tuesday 17th April
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RickRob said:
The in circuit food last year was truly awful. This year (Classic not 24 Hours) I shall drink little alcohol and drive out to Arnage village for some decent food. My body still hasn't recovered from last year's overdosing on carbohydrates.
Our gravlax and bottle of champagne was very acceptable as was the sorbet. smile