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Location: 45.398210, 3.491661
Open: Open May - October
Price: Low

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 71 76 32 36
Address: Le Bourg
Chassignolles, 43440
Country: France

Auberge de Chassignolles lies at almost 1000 metres above sea level in the mountains south of the city of Clermont-Ferrand in the heart of the Auvergne. You drive up through winding, mountainous, forested roads to reach this tiny hamlet.
The Auberge nestles comfortably in the square of the tiny village opposite a solidly-built and very old (12th century?) church. The welcome here is warm and friendly, the food delicious and the natural wine selection excellent. What more could one ask for?
You will be served a meal that is unfussy but truly memorable. The vegetables are grown in their extensive garden which is only a very short walk from the hotel.
And while you enjoy your meal you will be able to choose from some wonderful local natural wines (it would be crazy to serve anything else when so much care is taken to serve organic food here).
We usually start with a local Festejar sparkling wine, one of the best sparkling wines from the Auvergne area. We just love this wine. The pale pink beauty melded perfectly with the pale sunshine on this autumn afternoon as we sat on the terrace in front of the hotel. We then moved on to other local wines that suit the food being served on the evening.
Despite the fact that there is virtually a new chef each year who just works for one season, the food is
One year the kitchen was given over to the talented Matt Robertson, an alumni of Chez Panisse and a passionate gardener who will be soon be opening his own place a little south of the Champagne city of Troyes.
Another year it was Thomas Haugstvedt who has done a stint at Paris institution Verre Vole and is now at one of our favourite regional restaurants in France, the Cave Saint Martin in Roquebrun in the Languedoc.
This year the pans were handed to New Zealander Michael Hazlewood, another highly experienced chef, who crafted some excellent meals on the two occasions that we were lucky enough to be staying at the Auberge.
The breakfasts here are also most enjoyable with the bread sourced from a village down the road and house-made preserves, hard boiled eggs, sliced meats and other excellent products to get the day started.
Hint: If you are using a GPS to navigate to the Auberge, make sure you enter "Auberge de Chassignolles" as there is more than one village in the Auvergne with the name Chassignolles.
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