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Take the plunge in Nice

If you are lucky enough to be visiting the French Riviera this summer don’t forget to check out the spanking brand new restaurant which has just opened on the site of one of the emblematic landmarks on the front in Nice.

Le Plongeoir #Nice #Restaurant #ProvenceWay back when, at the end of the nineteenth century, during the vaunted Belle Epoque, this “folly” was created – indeed – a stylised ship was built on an outcrop in the sea where the fine inhabitants of Nice could enjoy their afternoon tea, perched above the Med, and then stroll back over a walkway to a gazebo, and then join dry land again at the Restaurant de la Réserve.

Le Plongeoir #Nice #Restaurant #ProvenceThe ship section suffered damage and in the early 1940s René Livieri was commissioned to give the site back its pizzazz and created the famous Art Déco diving boards, with a restaurant replacing the cozy gazebo.

Le Plongeoir #Nice #Restaurant #ProvenceIn more recent times the beach restaurant closed and the diving boards were abandoned to their fate…UNTIL – last year – when planning permission was granted to create two restaurant areas on the rock. With a brief to renovate sympathetically the development team have been hard at work to prepare the site for opening in the summer of 2015.

Le Plongeoir #Nice #Restaurant #ProvenceAnd so they have Le Plongeoir – with two dining areas – the restaurant will have a sophisticated Mediterranean feel – their teams being headed by a young Spanish chef, with great heritage!, David Rodriguez. With lunch time set menus at €26 (for two courses) and €34 (for three courses), diners will not feel they have to leap into the sea and swim off (Papillon style) without paying. There’s also a free car parking service, and, of course somewhere to hitch up your yacht.

The restaurant opened the week of June 8th – so no actual menus are available on the Le Plongeoir website at time of writing. However, they do note that you can there is a mooring point if you are arriving by boat.

Practical information:

  • Open daily 12h to 22h
  • Reservations via phone @ 04 93 26 53 02
  • 60 boulevard Franck Pilatte – 06300 Nice

And a short restaurant review…Liz Lord asked if I could take some photos of the restaurant while I was in Nice. Clearly, I was not going to miss an opportunity to sample David Rodriguez’s creations. The menu is short essentially a couple of starters and the same number of main courses. The dishes were beautifully prepared and the service was attentive. Worth a visit!Cold Carrot Soup @lePlonegoir #Nice

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Liz Lord

Liz Lord

Liz Lord and her husband Mel Jones have been living in the Mercantour National Park for the past 15 years.

Most people would already be saying “where?”, but in fact the Mercantour remains a delightfully unknown area straddling the Franco-Italian border, in the Alpes-Maritimes. Liz and Mel live just an hour North of Nice – so can enjoy the best of best worlds, their life concentrated in their home in Berthemont les Bains, yet being able to enjoy the hubbub on the coast when the need for culture arises.

Choosing to decamp from the UK (and their “normal” corporate lives!) after a chance encounter with their current home in 2001, they now earn their living by renting out their two gites, and offering walking and adventure holidays at Space Between.

With experience of an ex-pat life, setting up a small business in France, house renovation, and land and horse management!, with a keen interest in food and wine and travel, Liz has much to contribute for those interested in a new life in France or with a zest to dip their toe in the water on holiday.

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