Le Pré à Durtol: An exceptional gastronomic escape in the Auvergne mountains

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Published by Julie de Sortiraparis · Photos by Julie de Sortiraparis · Updated on March 18th, 2024 at 06:01 p.m.
Nestled in the heart of Durtol, Puy-de-Dôme, Le Pré stands out as a must-visit address for food lovers. Just a short drive from Clermont-Ferrand, this two-starred restaurant captivates with its memorable culinary experience, sublimely rooted in its region.

Nestled in the heart of Durtol, Puy-de-Dôme, Le Pré stands out as a must-visit address for food lovers. Just a short drive from Clermont-Ferrand, this two-starred restaurant captivates with its memorable culinary experience, sublimely rooted in its region.

Le Voyage jusqu'au Pré

Durtol is within easy reach for those on a journey to discover the flavours of theAuvergne. Le Pré, with its strategic location, is easily reached by road (although you should allow around 4 h 20 from Paris), making it an ideal getaway for an exceptional lunch or dinner in this beautiful region. The promise of a gastronomic experience in the heart of theAuvergne mountains makes the journey even more enticing.

The Culinary Experience in the Meadow

The"WINTER IN OUR MOUNTAINS" menu reveals the very essence of Le Pré cuisine, an invitation to a gustatory voyage. Appetizers such as "tartelette iode", "cochon soufflé" and "cabillaud fumé avec les herbes du jardin" (smoked cod with garden herbs) testify to the chef's commitment to making the most of local produce, while adding a touch of creativity and excellence.Eric Jacquier's agastache, lake peach and pistachio or the Châtaigne, foie gras and Tuber Melanosporum illustrate an emotionally-charged, committed and original culinary experience.

The ambiance and attentive service enhance the fabulous cuisine. The variety of the menu, the excellence of the cooking and a wine list accessible to all budgets are the highlights of the experience at Le Pré. The finesse of the dishes and the artistic presentation underline an attention to detail and a passion for gastronomy that transcend the ordinary, between innovation and tradition.

A Gastronomic Jewel in Auvergne

Our verdict is clear: Le Pré has emerged as a gastronomic jewel in the Auvergne, offering an experience that brilliantly blends local produce with culinary creativity. Each dish tells a story, each flavor transports the guest into a universe where the chef's excellence and passion for his art are palpable. Le Pré remains a destination of choice for those seeking an extraordinary gastronomic adventure in the heart of theAuvergne mountains.

To complete the experience, you can stay in the restaurant's new hotel: just 5 rooms, decorated with care. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the restaurant on site, and to visit the region.

Clermont-Ferront and surrounding area: our TOP 8

Clermont-Ferrand, nestled in the heart of France's Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, offers a panorama rich in history, culture and nature. Surrounded by the Chaîne des Puys, a series of dormant volcanoes, the city offers a journey through time and space, less than 50 kilometers from its center. Here's our guide and TOP 8 for exploring Clermont-Ferrand and the surrounding area:

1. Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Cathedral

In the center of Clermont-Ferrand stands the majestic Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption cathedral, famous for its unique black lava stone. This Gothic cathedral, with its remarkable stained glass windows and panoramic view of the city from the top of its towers, is an ideal starting point for your exploration.

2. Place de Jaude

Place de Jaude, the beating heart of Clermont-Ferrand, is surrounded by historic and modern buildings. It is home to the statue of Vercingétorix, the Gallic leader who resisted Caesar. This lively square is perfect for strolling, shopping and watching the bustle of the city.

3. L'Aventure Michelin

It's impossible to think of a city without its emblematic brand. L'Aventure Michelin is a museum dedicated to the history of the famous Michelin tire brand, originally from Clermont-Ferrand. Through interactive exhibits, discover how this company became a global giant and how it has influenced the history of mobility. And don't miss the Cité du Mouvement in the Quartier des Pistes, a new place dedicated to innovation due to open in summer 2025.

4. Puy-de-Dôme

Just a few kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand, the Puy-de-Dôme offers spectacular views of the Chaîne des Puys. Accessible on foot or by cogwheel train, the summit of the extinct volcano is a must for nature lovers and hikers.

5. Vulcania

Vulcania, an amusement park and volcano interpretation center, is located in the immediate vicinity of Clermont-Ferrand. With its interactive and educational attractions, Vulcania offers a fascinating insight into the world of volcanoes and planet Earth: perfect if you're visiting the region with children.

6. Château de Murol

Château de Murol, some 40 kilometers from Clermont-Ferrand, is a medieval fortress with breathtaking views of the Auvergne mountains. With its animations and historical re-enactments, the castle promises a captivating journey to the heart of the Middle Ages.

7. Saint-Nectaire

Mmm le Saint-Nectaire... The village of Saint-Nectaire, famous for its eponymous cheese, is a gourmet stop not to be missed. A visit to the Bellonte farm reveals the secrets behind the making of the famous Saint-Nectaire cheese, while the Roman church of Saint-Nectaire, a must-see, impresses with its architecture and sculptures.

8. Lac Chambon

Lac Chambon, formed by a volcanic eruption, is a haven for outdoor activities: swimming, canoeing and hiking around the lake offer moments of relaxation in an exceptional natural setting. In short, Clermont-Ferrand and the surrounding area are brimming with natural, historical and cultural treasures. Whether you're a history buff, nature lover or simply looking for new experiences, this region of Auvergne promises memorable discoveries, while Le Pré is the gastronomic jewel to experience for an enchanted interlude.

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