Welcome to Abbey Lakes France

The Abbey food packages are changing with new Spring, Summer and Autumn menus!

NEW Summer Menu from July 2014



Chilli con carne with potato wedges
Red fruit crumble

Pasta salad with tuna, sweetcorn and tomatoes
Flan gourmand (Vanilla)

Kebab and potatoes
Chocolate eclair

Tandoori chicken and rice
Apricot tart

Honey BBQ ribs with salad and french fries
Caramel and pear entremet

Mustard chicken with mushrooms and pasta
Vanilla ice cream

Attila burger and french fries
Profiteroles and chocolate sauce

As ever, there will be the option to take the full food package or just an evening meal, or, just the full English breakfast. You can also choose to switch a meal you're not too keen on for either a kebab or burger that evening


Abbey are pleased to announce they will be offering a full-on food package for their anglers during the 2014 season! With delicious homecooked food and new Spring, Summer and Autumn menus, there should be something for everyone, with 3 options available:

A) (Full English) Breakfasts only


B) Dinner/dessert only


C) The full monty which includes both A and B!


All meals are to be taken in the Clubhouse. Breakfast will be served at 10am sharp with dinner set early enough for you to return to your swim and get the rods back in place before it gets too dark, at 5.30pm. All evening meals also come complete with a canned drink of your choice or a bottle of water from our fridge! For more details on how to book this fantastic package, please email info@abbeylake.com or contact the clubhouse direct on 00 33 344 380 866 to make sure you don't miss out on some top notch grub! We ask that you pre-book this service in advance of your visit and therefore either pay at the time of booking or when you settle the balance 10 weeks prior to arrival. As a little thank you, we'll give you a 5% discount on any food or bait ordered in this manner!





Breaded Pork with Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce, Salad and Red Onion rings.



Chilli Coke Roast served with Potatoes and Beans



Pasta with Homemade Vodka sauce and Chorizo



Kebab meat with White Garlic sauce, Potatoes and Mixed Salad



Chicken breasts, wrapped in Ham with Homemade creamed Leeks and Tagliatelle



Our famous Attila Burger served with French Fries and Salad



Hurry, hurry Chicken Curry, served with Rice


Prices are as follows :


A) Breakfast only €70 / approx. £56


B) Dinner/Dessert only €115 / approx. £93


C) Full package only €160 / approx. £129

All NEW Abbey Bait Range is released for the start of the 2014/15 Season

The Dark Addiction combines everybody's favourite particle with one that's not so well known but is also highly attractive in it's own right. By combining Hemp with Buckwheat, we have found a mix that binds really well and will settle and last longer on the Lakebed than Hemp on it's own. The attraction is twofold, firstly you have the Oil leakage from the Hemp, rising through the layers, while the Buckwheat emits a lovely milky cloud down on the bottom. By adding a healthy dose of pure Aniseed Oil to this, we believe it's as good an attractor as any!

The Yellow Peril is another all-time favourite. In this guise, it's quite simply Maize with a cheeky liquid additive at the optimum levels to boost it's attractiveness for all Seasons!

The Dark Addiction PLUS is just that. With a host of other bits added to the Hemp and Buckwheat, this is the perfect Spod/Spomb mix for those that do.. and a great base layer in the bait Boat, for those that don't! In here you'll find, Hemp, Buckwheat, crushed Maize, Dari and that liquid additive again, to really get them grubbing around! 

All the above are freshly prepared, left to cool and then frozen immediately to preserve them at their best. Whilst they contain no preservatives, the cooking process sees that they will last the length of the average stay at Abbey (7 days) with no trouble at all but we still advise that you don't leave them outside during the Summer and always keep them in as cool a place as possible.


All 3 are packaged in 2.5kg bags and are held on site at all times but to ensure we have enough in stock (should you be ordering on behalf of an exclusive Lake booking or a smaller group of friends), please contact us in advance, either by email : info@abbeylakes.com or via the office by calling : 00 33 344 380 866


As with the Food packages, any fully paid, pre-orders we receive will be entitled to a 5% discount as a thank you from us!


ACE boss Max Cottis smashes the Abbey Lakes complex record with the mighty Shoulders at a massive 94lb 4oz. It's all smiles on Heron lake with Max pictured here with good friend Lee Bowyer. Click here for full details.

Lizette Beunders, has just reclaimed the ladies World Record for carp by banking Shoulders at an all time high 38.250kg! Click here for full details.

Mainline bait at Abbey Lakes

Abbey Lakes is delighted to announce that as of the 15th march 2013, we will now be supplying a selected range of freezer baits from Mainline. These are available to pre-order as well so they will be boxed and ready for collection upon your arrival. This will include the all-conquering Cell, plus they're latest creation, the all-NEW Hybrid!! There will also be a limited run-off of Activ-8 and New Grange from the Winter period. These are all 18mm boilies and are available in both 1kg and 10kg bags. We will also hold a stock of all the matching response pellets, pop ups, dips and glugs to compliment each flavour.

We are also holding stock of their incredibly successful (and highly productive) High Impact range of shelf life boilies, as well as the full quota of the new Bag'n'Stick mixes and Liquids too!


To ensure that we have everything in stock and/or ready and waiting for you upon arrival, please send an email to info@abbeylakes.com or contact the office on 00 33 344 380 866 for further details. Please note - We are offering a 5% discount on all orders that are fully paid and pre-booked in this manner

Keep up to date with the latest fish captures, news and information on our facebook social media page.

Check out Abbey TV on You Tube for the most recent videos from around the complex.

Les Etangs de l'Abbaye or Abbey Lakes was founded in 1999 by Sébastien
Harle d'Ophove who had a unique aim in mind, to create Europe's first angling centre for both carp and catfish. The complex officially opened it's doors for business during March 2000, providing fishermen with a choice of 4 lakes.

Fox and Heron were the specimen carp waters, Kingfisher was marketed as a 'Predator' water with a huge head of massive catfish and pike stocked and Wild Boar was initially opened as a mixed fishery for both match and specimen fishing.

The following year, Abbey opened a 5th Lake, Attila, which was used as a stocking lake in line with their strict fishery management policy to grow on and produce only the finest Carp from an on-site facility.

During 2003, the family continued to raise the standard of the fishery and added a tackle shop within the clubhouse.

In 2006 Abbey formed an ongoing partnership with the famous English bait manufacturer, Mainline Baits who have been associated with the complex ever since.

During the same season, Abbey launched a food delivery service, offering anglers the chance to have their dinners served fresh each evening to the swim and also opened Attila and Frog, another previously unfishable water to the general public as 2 further specimen lakes!

In 2009 Abbey undertook a re-stocking program on Kingfisher Lake to add some Carp and selected some of their finest home grown stock ranging in weight from 26.04 - 52.08lb with a view to realising the fantastic potential of this water as a carp fishery in the future! Another first, was the launch of a Winter period 'VIP card' system, whereby any angler who had visited the complex during the previous season could now book and fish during the traditional close season, giving the opportunity of some fantastic sport! In 2011 there was an intensive maintenance and restoration project to
overhaul all the tracks around the lakes which is now ongoing through each year and the provision of a ladies only 'walk in' shower / toilet room within the shower block itself and for peace of mind, an electronic security barrier has been added at the entrance to the fishery!

During 2010 Frog lake reverted back to a match lake and Wild Boar was split into 2 distinct waters to supplement this, creating Wild Boar 2, a new specimen venue for the complex.

Abbey has been constantly involved in offering it's facilities to a number of high profile events and organisations over the years and can list amongst it's accolades, hosting the 2001 European Carp Masters event on Fox and Heron, the 2002 International Match Angling Championships on Wild Boar as well as 2 events that now run every year due to the popularity of the venue, the Forces Carp Classic (formerly the Tri Services Challenge) which pits teams from the Army, Navy and Air Force against each other every October since being founded in 2005. Plus the infamous Abbey Challenge, which began in 2007, an event originally created by Rob Hughes to thank all the helpers and Bailiffs from the BCAC and has blossomed into a healthy competition within it's own right!

In November 2011 Abbey was the platform for another event, this time hosting the Fox Carp Experience, an interactive weekend showcasing the Fox brand, it's products and staff, again another first for Abbey as nothing on this scale had been tried in France before!

Nowadays, the clubhouse itself is regarded as the finest of it's kind at any fishery within Europe and features SKY TV, free WI-FI, secure charging points for your electrical devices, it also houses a fully fledged kitchen providing anglers with all manner of hot food and drink, ranging from full English breakfasts to draught beer and selected local wines! There is also an integral showerblock with English style toilets and both hot / cold drinking water available 24hrs a day, a totally revamped tackle store which now holds an array of stock from companies such as Fox International, Avid Carp, Enterprise, Matrix Innovations, Gardner Tackle, RigMarole, BaitZone, Mainline Baits and an exclusively designed Abbey clothing range by Navitas Apparel, last but not least, some very comfortable leather sofas and chairs where you can sit and read a book from the 'exchange' library should you wish to have a breather from the incredible Fishing!
May 2012 saw the launch of a stunning on-site restaurant set overlooking the lake that borders the Harle d'Ophove's private residence, offering fantastic food in a wonderful location!

The fact that Abbey continues to grow and thrive during the modern climate shows many things, not least that Sébastien has achieved exactly what he set out to do, create a unique fishery in beautiful surroundings! The vision and focus still remains as strong today!