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Le Befranc
Reviewed 29 April 2015

As I haven't stayed at the hotel, my review only refers to the restaurant. The restaurant is located at the back of the Hotel, small and on its first impression lacks quite a lot of style, up-to-dateness and modern interior with its plain walls, uncomfortable chairs and guarden-style tables. However this does seem to fit in with the overall design style of the hotel. If you are looking for a trendy, stylisch place to enjoy your food, this restaurant is certainly the wrong address to go for. However, who buys a book only for its cover?
Isn't the most important part of an enjoyable meal the food itself?
And here I must say I was very pleasantly surprised and the quality of the food makes up for the lack of interior design.
Chosing the menue of the day one might expect to be served some loveless, re-heated left-overs from 2 days ago, which the chef could not serve fresh. Not here!
In my case the menue comrpised freshly prepared white asparagus served with home-made mayonaise. A 1/4 of the house wine (red or white) is included in the meal - however don't expect a Grand Crue here! :-)
The starter was followed by a freshly cooked veal with potatoe cretain, tasty gravy and green asparagus (yes, it was asparagus season).
But don't be fooled, these weren't stingy portions! Quite the contrary and the menue wasn't over yet. A choice of cheese, followed by a choice of deserts and a coffee were still to come. All in all, this 4-course menue left me pretty full (and I am no lightweight when it comes to food), my tastebuds pleasently surprised and my wallet merely €13 lighter.

PS: I am writing this review as I am enjoying my desert & coffee using the free WiFi provided!

  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

My wife and I have stayed at Le Befranc on many occasions and have always been made welcome and have thoroughly enjoyed our stays. I first visited the building when it was the local Gendamerie in 1960 - for lunch as a guest of the daughter of one of the Gendarmes. The attraction for us is the secure parking, the quality of the accommodation and the food in the restaurant. We have regularly had evening meals of upwards of 10 people and the quality of the food has never dropped. The bedrooms are well furnished, very clean and pleasant with en-suite facilities. The proprietors are very helpful and friendly. To reiterate a previous comment we have never had a poor meal in the restaurant. The choice is excellent, the food well prepared and presented. Breakfast is traditional French but that's more than adequate for us. For quests with mobility problems the front entrance is very difficult - steep stairs - but entry can be achieved via the car park through the restaurant. When booking emails are promply answered. Dogs are welcome hence we love staying at Le Befranc as there's plenty of space for Lucy to play with her football and decent walks are available especially along the old railway line heading east from Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau. The Forez regions is well worth a visit - try the wines - with two Chemin de fer Touristique experiences available from Ambert and Estivareilles. The Abbey at La Chaise Dieu is well worth a visit and of course there are the mummies in the crypt of the church in Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau as well. The medieval parts of the town are very interesting as well and on a clear day it's possible to see Mont Blanc for the viewing platform at the east end of the Church.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Address: 7 Route d Augel, 42380 Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Loire > Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau
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Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Saint-Bonnet-le-Chateau
Price Range: $111 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Le Befranc 2*
Number of rooms: 17
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