Good day fellow CHers:
I'm wondering if anyone could help:
We are looking for a town to stay between Valence and Laguiole. We will be driving from Grenoble to Valence (lunch at Le 7), and then from there we're kinda stuck wondering where to stay the night to break up the drive en route to Laguiole.
I've considered Roanne for Troisgros, but as we will be dining at Bras, it's not an ideal situation doing back to back heavy hitter dining in such a short period of time.
I have also considered Le Puy, but eating options seem a bit slim there, and some reports here suggest the town is a bit too foreboding. Also, the restaurant mentioned in several search results on this board, Francois Gagnaire, is closing at the end of this month (there is one other restaurant, Tournayre - mixed reviews). Le Puy woudl have been the best logistical stop, as it's 2 hours from Valence, then 2 hours to Laguiole.
Is there a lovely town between Valence and Laguiole, with a recommended restaurant? Past searches have also suggested Faurie.. but it's a long drive the next day to Laguiole. Looking for something less than 2.5 hours to Laguiole. Ideally: Valence to (proposed town) - less than 2 hours, and then proposed town to Bras, less than 2 hours.
(Side note: we've done Lyon twice before, so we are looking for something new to visit this time, hence not bringing up Lyon on this stretch)
Appreciate any guidance!
Thanks in advance,