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Haut Allier - more than just heritage

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Music-valley.org  – Musique en la Vallée

The High Allier heritage area
The hills and valleys around Brioude and Langeac

A heritage area in every sense - music, history, culture and environment

A selection of great places to eat in the Haut Allier area. Listed by location A - Z
  • Aubazat: Auberge des Trois Vallées. Also does catering for outside events.
  • Blesle: Hotel restaurant la Bougnate. Listed by Michelin and by Gault et Millau.
  • Brioude : Hotel restaurant la Sapinière. Modern French cuisine, good quality and excellent value.
  • Brioude: Hôtel de la Poste  - Modern French cuisine, good quality and excellent value. Michelin listed, 1 star with Gault et Millau
  • Brioude : Le Saint Julien, Good quality traditional restaurant and pizzeria just behind the Basilica
  • Brioude; hotel restaurant La Vieille Auberge.  Good value.
  • Brioude; restaurant Lard dans l'assiette. Small restaurant, modern tranditional French cuisine
  • Brioude; restaurant L'Etoile d'Olinda. Small Portuguese restaurant
  • BrioudeOrfenor. A backpacker-style bar-restaurant serving international food. Run by an Australian, an American and their French partners
  • Brioude; Le Cardigan's. Traditional town-centre restaurant located next to the Doyenné arts centre. Brioude is twinned with the Welsh town of Cardigan.
  • Brioude; McDonalds. Beside the man road north out of Brioude. Useful at times when nothing else is serving meals.
  • Chilhac; L'Embuscade. Bistro with traditional cuisine, locally- sourced produce, great value.
  • La Chomette (N 102 à 5 km de Lavaudieu):  Hôtel Restaurant la Crèche. Traditional French cuisine - copious servings
  • Langeac: Auberge de l'Ile Amour
  • Langeac: Hotel-restaurant de l'Avenue
  • Langeac: Restaurant le Trefle à quatre feuilles (the Four-leafed Clover). Serves organic and locally sourced food.
  • Lavaudieu: Auberge de l'Abbaye  -  Listed with Gault et Millau 
  • Lavaudieu: Restaurant Court Lavigne  -  listed by both Michelin and Gault et Millau.
  • Lavoûte Chilhac: Hotel-restaurant Le Prieuré - in a wing of the historic 18th century abbey
  • Mazeyrat d'Allier: Le Val d'Allier .Traditional French cuisine, good value
  • Paulhaguet: La Villa Caprara .Traditional modern French cuisine.
  • Salzuit, near Paulhaguet. Hôtel spa restaurant le Saint Roch. A recently renovated small chateau with a restaurant serving modern French cuisine
  • Vergongheon, north of Brioude. La Petite Ecole . The only local restaurant with a Michelin bib gourmand (good food) label. (But far from being the only local restaurant serving good food...)
  • Vieille Brioude: Hotel restaurant Les Glycines - modern traditional French cuisine.

The high valley of the Allier heritage area stretches from Auzon in the north to Pébrac in the south, and includes the communes (rural areas) of Auzon, Bournoncle St. Pierre, Brioude, Vieille Brioude, Saint Ilpize, Villeneuve d'Allier, Blassac, Lavoûte Chilhac, Chilhac, Aubazat, Langeac, Chanteuges, Saint Arcons, Prades, and more. It includes the valleys of the Allier and its tributaries, the Allagnon, Senouire and Doulon, and the hills between.
Association Musique en la Vallée  - Cultural association -  Mairie de Saint Ilpize - 43380  -
Get in touch - admin at music-valley.org
Photo top of page - 13th century fresco in the chapel of St Michael, St Julian's basilica, Brioude

Music in the Auvergne
"Music-valley" is the high valley of the river Allier, covering the rural district areas of Brioude and Langeac, in the department of Haute Loire, Auvergne,  southern France.  
The music season in the valley is a relaxed affair, and unique in rural France by its extent and its duration. The venues are mostly small, the performers good - often top quality, but the prices reasonable. Some concerts are "give what you want", some are free, most are less than 20 Euros. Only the full concerts in the basilica at Brioude and those organised by the La Chaise Dieu music festival are a bit more. Unlike any other summer music programme in rural France (and there are plenty of them), this is a fringe without a festival, two months of music for pleasure, organised by musicians themselves, volunteers, villages and cultural associations.

Musique en la Vallée association invites you to discover our sponsors

Patisserie chocolaterie Jacques Legrand,
Master chocolate maker
rue du 4 septembre Brioude
04 71 0 23 16

La Mirandelle -
Tearoom & café
Beside the Basilica

04 71 74 90 01

Couleurs Dentelle
Lace-making studio,  gallery and shop
1 rue Notre Dame Brioude.


Ets. Oléon
Cycles & D-I-Y store
Rue Croix st Isidore Brioude.

Local arts and crafts
19 r Sébastopol - Brioude
On  Facebook 

Ets. PIC 
Household goods and TV
Hifi - satellite -TV
kitchen equipment

Briva-Bio Bio-coop. Alimentation bio -
organic produce
Place du Postel - Brioude

Ets Cornaire
6 rue des Ecoles, chappes,43390 Auzon
 Central heating systems, plumbing experts, solar panels, heat pumps -  systems renovations.

Librairie Vercingetorix Livres, beaux arts, fournitures de bureau.
Bookshop, fine arts, postcards
14 Bd Vercingetorix - Brioude 
On Facebook 

Le Saint Julien
Restaurant - Pizzeria.
Beside the Basilica, Brioude.

La Banque Populaire Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
Cooperative bank
Branches in Brioude and Langeac