Taste the French cuisine

Restaurants are everywere. For the French, food is a way of life. The French cuisine is well-known and is full of traditions. Every region has its own specialties, in which local products and typical ingredients and spices play a major role.

Also on the menu of the restaurants close to Les Bardons, you will find these (regional) products and the typical local ingredients besides, of course, various classic and famous French dishes. The Menu-de-Jour is everywhere available. The menu of the  day is served at noon till 14h and is typically the traditional French cuisine.


You will find a great number of good restaurants near Chateau Les Bardons. Most spectacular is undoubtedly the famous Trois Gros in Roanne, just 20 kilometers away. This restaurant has held 3 Michelin stars for over 40 years (!).

But also in small and simple restaurants you will be pleasantly surprised about the quality and nice, pure atmosphere, including those where French workmen eat their plat du jour.


In Iguerande, a 15 minutes drive, you must visit the oil mill of J. Leblanc. The delicious oils from Leblanc, some of them rank among the best in the world, are still made to traditional methods. In Iguerande, Michel Troigros opened his third restaurant La Colline du Colombier, quite à la campagne, in an old, totally and tastefully renovated farmhouse.

La Pacaudière

Only a few kilometers from La Pacaudière you’ll find the restaurant La Borde, where “grenouilles” (frog legs) are the specialty of the house.

Le Crozet & St Haon Le Chatel

The beautiful medieval village of Le Crozet lies directly next to La Pacaudière. It is nice to walk through the car-free village. Do not forget to have lunch or dinner at L’Auberge Vieux Crozet and enjoy the hospitality from Marrion and Rolland.

This applies also for St Haon Le Chatel, a beautiful small village with a very special, cherished atmosphere. Pay a visit to the characteristic Le Passage Secret, with garden terrace surrounded by ancient walls, where you enjoy a kir and pastis. Some 50 meters ahead you can enjoy excellent lunches and dinners at the restaurant Le Garde Manger 


In Ambièrle the restaurant Le Prieuré got its first Michelin star in the spring of 2009.

Chef at Les Bardons

There is also the option hiring a chef at Les Bardons. Check out the link how to get this arranged.