Brush up your French(or English!).

Language lessons are available just as a "one-off" for an hour, or several lessons over a few days.  Just fancy conversation?  Spend an hour in a café chatting with our teacher.  Want to tackle that thorny grammar question?  Just let us know and the lesson will be tailored to suit you.  Want to get the children going in French - pas de problème!  Lessons are 20 euros an hour.  Please let us know in advance, merci!  (Mother-tongue teachers).

Restaurants

Le Bistro du Pollet has to be one of my all time favourites.  Very small, very simple and very delicious.  The menu is decided by the catch of the day.  Meat is also on the menu and there is à la carte or a 30 euro menu.  Booking is advisable. 23 rue Tête de Boeuf. Tel: +33 (0)2 35 84 68 57.  This restaurant is in Le Pollet, the old fishing quarter of Dieppe, over the first bridge in the port area. (Turn left out of front door, and left at end of street and keep walking!)  Rue Tête de Boeuf is just off the main street (Quai de Carénage) leading down from the bridge, and is before the post office on your right.

 

Le Turbot another Polletais restaurant (over the first bridge in the fishing quarter). This Michelin restaurant has been quietly going up the rankings and is definitely worth a visit.  Fish only and again booking advisable.  14 Quai de la Cale.  Tel: +33 (0)2 35 82 63 44.  Follow main road down from bridge and just before second bridge (Pont Colbert)Quai de la Cale is on your right.  Menus from 15 - 30 euros.

 

La Marmite Dieppoise - was a great family favourite and has recently changed hands but the food is still as great although they now have to re-earn the Michelin stars!    Lovely down to earth people with excellent fish dishes.  Another benefit is it's only a few yards away! A touch more expensive than the other two (15 - 40 euro menus).  Booking advised.  8 rue St Jean.  +33 (0)2 35 84 24 26.  Turn left out of front door, and left at end of street.  Keep walking straight on - rue St Jean ahead of you.

 

Le Calvados Great café/bistro - yummy lunches (and breakfasts). Turn right out of front door and left into pedestrian street.  About twenty yards up on the left.

 

Local shops

Boulangeries/Patissiers/Bakeries

The nearest is out of the front door, turn left and it is on your right at the end of the street.  Excellent breads and croissants.  In the main pedestrian street there are some fabulous patissiers for cakes and pastries, and lots of bakers all over Dieppe!  Try them all!

 

French Grocery 

A must visit if only for a packet of biscuits.  This will take you  back fifty years!  A tiny shop which sells wine, yoghurt, butter and tinned goods and essentials.  The charming lady is very helpful and it is a place where the seniors go for a chat!  Turn right out of front door, keep walking straight over pedestrian street and next on the right - rue du Haut Pas.  The shop is on the left. Open til 8 most days.

 

Saturday market

This market is amazing.  The quality of the produce is superb.  Everything from the senior citizen with his one chicken and vegetables from the garden, to gorgeous creamy Normandy cheeses (Neufchatel mmmmm), hams, saucissons, meat, fish, vegetables, etc.  It starts early in the morning (REMEMBER TO MOVE YOUR CAR IF PARKED IN FRONT OF THE CATHEDRAL OR IT WILL BE TOWED!) and although the food sellers move on at lunchtime, the clothes and other things stay until the evening.  It takes place the full length of the pedestrian street, and in front of the cathedral and in the Place de la Republique.

 

Launderette/Laverie

There is a washing machine in the apartment but no dryer!  So if you wish to dry the beach towels this may be the quick and easy answer!  The launderette is open 7am - 9pm 7 days a week.  It sells washing powder and has a change machine. Instructions in English and French on the wall. It's clean and efficient.  Turn left out of front door to cathedral.  The launderette is opposite the left-hand end of the cathedral.

 

Sea water swimming pool

Les Bains - Le Carré, 101 Boulevard de Verdun

This is a fantastic sea water swimming pool.  It has an indoor and an outdoor (heated)pool and you can swim from one to the other, even in winter.  Very invigorating!  You can also do high diving in the outdoor pool.

The indoor section has rapids, a water slide, individual jacuzzi style chairs, a great tiny tots area, with spades and bowls to play with in the very shallow hot water. 

Opening times off season:

Monday/Tuesday:       12 - 2pm then 5pm - 8pm

Wednesday:            12 - 8pm

Thursday:             12 - 2pm then 5pm - 8pm

Friday:               12 - 8pm

Sat/Sun:              10am - 6pm

 

Opening times high season:

Monday - Friday:      10am - 9pm

Sat/Sun:              10am - 6pm

 

It also has a wellness and fitness centre open from 10am - 8pm (weekends until 6pm).

 

Tarifs:  Monthly pass:  35 euros otherwise 13.70 euros per swim

 

 

 

Canadian War Memorial

19th August 1942 saw over two thousand Canadians slaughtered on the beaches of Dieppe.  There is a fascinating Memorial (just behind the swimming pool at rue de Verdun for those interested in WW2.  Most definitely worth a visit.  Check opening times here   

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