Welcome to Abbey Lakes France

Dine in with us, or take back to your swim...

New Spring Menu until June 2017

Saturday: Attila burger and french fries. Our famous double stacked beef burger with cheese, salad and burger sauce. Served in a sesame bun, with a side of french fries.


Sunday: Oven baked turkey breaded steak with mexican infused vegetable rice. Served with sliced flat bread.


Monday: Donner lamb kebab with fresh finely chopped salad, served in a jumbo pitta bread. Smothered in chilli or garlic sauce - or both!


Tuesday: Home made beef chilli con carne piled over tex mex wedges. Served with a side of fresh salad.


Wednesday: Sausage subs with sauteed onions, served with smokey beans and fries. Made with english sausages.


Thursday: Battered and fried fish fillet with chunky chips, a slice of lemon and peas.


Friday: Crunchy fried chicken fillet loaded into a soft flour tortilla wrap with a slice of cheese and your choice of dressing; BBQ, Mayo or Ceaser. Served with house salad of the day.



Meals are available as part of a food package or booked for specific days. Food packages can be purchased during your booking or upon check in. We ask where possible to pre-book meal options before arrival to avoid dissapointment during peak times. All meals are prepared onsite with locally sourced ingredients.


*For diatary requests or subtitutes to the stated menu, please speak to a member of the team.



Abbey are pleased to continue offering all our guests with our popular food package options for the new 2017 season. Full week packages can be prebooked or options to pick breakfasts/meals for just specific days! With new delicious home cooked options on our seasonal menus, there should be something for everyone.


Meal orders can be made during booking or upon check in. Meals are cooked daily from fresh ingredients, so preordering is essential.


Breakfast will be served at 9am in the club house. Breakfast includes a traditional full english with complimentary coffee, tea and a glass of fresh orange juice included.


Dinner is set at 5.30pm in the club house with the option to collect and take hot food back to your swim. For 2017 a complimentary dessert will be included with your main meal. Drinks  are available at an additional cost at the club house bar.


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


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.


*Food packages ordered on arrival are subject to availability. We can not guarantee in busy periods that food is available due to stock of fresh ingredients.


Prices are as follows :


A) Breakfast only €10 per plate €70 for week

B) Dinner only €12 per plate €84 for week

C) Full package only €154 for week

For 2017 all evening meal orders will include a complimentary dessert of the day!

In addition food packages, we continue to offer guests the option of ordering fresh baguettes and croissants from our village baker. All orders can be placed during check in and can be collected at 9am in the club house.


If you would like to experience french cuisine at its finest or perhaps celebrate a special event during your stay, ask a member of the team about our onsite restaurant. Tables can be booked  for you - subject to availability during peak periods.


NEW Abbey Bait Range

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!

Priced at 8 Euros per 2kg

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!

Priced at 8 Euros per 2kg

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! 

Priced at 8 Euros per 2kg

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. There is no mandatory use of our particles in place so you can bring your own but to be honest, Our fish see so much of this range you would be mad to go with any other brand !!!!!


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




Drew Fuller with the Complex Record at 95.8Lbs

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.

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!