Where to Stay and Eat in the Drôme
Travelling to the Drôme? Here’s our pick of the best restaurants and accommodation in the department. Note: This article is part of a bigger magazine feature called “Welcome to the Pleasure Drôme.”
Restaurants and Cafés
Owned by the much respected M. Chapoutier, Marius Bistro serves delicious, regional and French cuisine paired with some of the finest wines. Watch your meal prepared in the theatre kitchen at this heavenly Tain l’Hermitage restaurant.
Restaurant & Les Carolines Tea Room
At the Musée du Nougat at Arnaud Soubeyran, you’ll find a restaurant and tea room, open during the day for coffee, tea, hot chocolate, organic fruit juices and homemade cakes, with a lunch menu of a couple of entrées, main courses and desserts, cooked and served well. Attractively decorated, with a fireplace for winter.
La Grande Table
Chabran is a big name in the gastronomic world of the Drôme, with generations of the same family offering excellence for almost a century. The Michelin-starred restaurant, La Grande Table – and four-star hotel – are situated within Pont-de-l’Isère. Le 45ème offers a more informal dining experience should you prefer.
Brasserie des Trois Becs
A modish ‘pub’ connected to the Trois Becs brewery, its rural location, near the village of Lozeron, is well worth
a visit to enjoy one of the six organic beers the brewery creates. Beneath the canopy amid the wildflower meadows with superb views of the Vercors, indulge in charcuterie, cheese and locally grown salads.
Sample a savoury chocolate dish at this self-service café within La Cité du Chocolat. Dishes blend chocolate or cocoa with meat, fish and vegetables. Chocolate is, of course, on the menu for dessert too. Lunch guests may access the restaurant without visiting the Cité du Chocolat.
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La Treille Muscate
Located in the pretty village of Cliousclat, halfway between Valence and Montélimar, soak up the views from the terrace in summer, while the attractive dining room serves winter guests. Menus change daily and seasonally, according to what’s available in the market. Fixed-price menu on offer. Accommodation also available. www.hotelrestaurant-latreillemuscate.com/en
L’Oiseau sur sa Branche
This is the sixth generation of the same family to run this historic, casual bistro in the beautiful village of Saou. Menus are classic French bistro cooking making the most of ingredients from local producers. The atmosphere is informal and convivial; look out for the live jazz evenings. www.saou-restaurant.fr
With three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic is one of the best female chefs in the world and there are more ways than one to sample her cooking. Maison Pic is her main, most noteworthy restaurant, accompanying the 5-star hotel of the same name. But for an easily affordable gastronomic experience, head to The Daily Pic in Valence, Pic’s gourmet canteen where, for €18.90, you’ll receive a fabulous starter, main and dessert.
Domaine de Blacons
Hosts Cedric and Beatrice welcome guests to their 17th-century family home within the Vercors, just 30 minutes from Valence. The restored country house has plenty of character, within stunning parkland and views of the Trois Becs. There’s a choice of six rooms, decorated with modern, chic furnishings plus a gîte with double, triple and family bedrooms, and a dormitory with seven beds.
Fac & Spera
This chic and elegant 4-star hotel offers comfortable bedrooms and suites within a stone’s throw of the vines of the Hermitage. All are equipped with air conditioning and a mini-bar. The town centre hotel also has a swimming pool, gym and spa. www.facetspera.fr
Château de Rochetaillée
An impressively imposing turreted stone manor house that dates to the Middle Ages, this property, near Saint-Uze, is set in eight hectares of private grounds, with swimming pool. There are just two suites available, both decorated with period furniture, one with a private balcony and spa. Three gîtes, for six to 12 guests, are also available within the grounds.
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This charming farmhouse surrounded by lavender fields has exceptional rural views. Bedrooms are rustic and homely while breakfasts and dinners are served either outdoors in the pretty courtyard or within the arched stone dining room. www.lahonas.com
Le Château Camping
Have family fun with a stay in a vintage Airstream caravan or safari tent at Camping Hauterives, in the north of the department. The campsite is situated within the attractive château parkland, and is within walking distance of Le Palais Idéal. www.camping-hauterives.com
From France Today Magazine
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Lead photo credit : Domaine De Blacons, Images by Lionel Pascale/La Drôme Tourisme, Caroline Mills
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