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Brasserie Clemenceau celebrates 3 years success in Roanne!

October saw Brasserie Clemenceau in Roanne celebrate their 3 year anniversary with wine and song, and ten-pin bowling! An exceptional evening of fun, excellent food, good friends, and entertainment. All laid on free and gratis by the owners Francis Kuchenbuch and Jean-Louis Clot. Over 400 guests were invited for this great evening of celebration – […]


MIchelin Stars in BBC Masterchef !

BBC Masterchef: professionals finished with a resounding finale this week. An exceptional programme featuring some of the best young professional chefs in the UK. The standard of cooking has been remarkable. Some of the world’s top Michelin-starred chefs were invited onto the programme to test and comment on the  3 finalist’s food preparation’s at a […]


Troisgros and Michelin in the Roannais!

During the October festival of the ‘Roanne Table Ouverte’ a ‘Salon du Livre’ (Book show) was staged in Roanne, primarily in celebration of all things to do with food and cooking. 1000’s of books were available on all cookery subjects, and featuring many famous French chefs and their recipes. There were also plenty of ‘collector’ […]


Pure Chocolate and Fashion in Paris, and the Roannais!

The annual ‘Salon du Chocolat’ in Paris, this October, is now creating a marvellous impact once again, combining fashion with the sensuality of pure chocolate!! All in the name of many children’s charities. And, of course, one of the Roannais’s most famous chocolatier is well-represented. Pralus, based in Roanne, is featured once again this year. […]


Fun and Gastronomy in the Roannais!

Early October at ‘Les Halles Diderot’ in Roanne was filled with the umistakable aromas of good cuisine, and the exceptional flavours of high quality food and wine from the best of the Roannaise. The annual event of ‘Table Ouverte’ (Open Table), held throughout the month of October, was well and truly inaugurated on Monday 5th […]


City of Design Opens in Saint-Etienne

‘La Cité du Design’ (City of Design) is now open for business in Saint Etienne. This higly creative architecturally designed site is now completed to encourage interest in ‘Design’. There will be ongoing events, programmes, exhibitions, and opportunities for businesses in all areas of Art and Design. After take a little more than three years […]


Quality Cuisine and Entertainment in the Roannais!

Fine dining, quality gastronomy, and traditional cuisine in the Roannais throughout October during the 7th Festival of Roanne ‘Table Ouverte’ (Open Table). Restaurants and food companies and producers in the Roannais welcome all to their businesses or restaurants for various evenings of good food and entertainment during this October. There are also special cabaret shows, […]


More holidaymakers visit the Roannais in 2009!

Purefrancenow has been very successful in encouraging more British families to visit the Roannais region this summer. And through the active promotion and recommendation of Purefrancenow many British, Dutch, and other European holidaymakers have enjoyed Roannais hospitality, and the gastronomic pleasures of the many restaurants in the region. In particular, the following Roannais restaurants have […]


Chateau Bouthéon in Forez, Rhône-Alpes

A short drive from the Roannais enroute to Saint Etienne in the Forez region of the Rhône-Alpes there is a stunning château. Of course, France is full of beautiful château’s of different architectural styles and merits, both large and small. Château Bouthéon is a particularly fine example of well-preserved history, beautifully landscaped gardens, and collection […]


Museum of Modern Art in Saint-Etienne

This is an excellent art museum to visit if you want to see a wide collection of modern art works, displayed and presented in a contemporary and imaginative way. There are high quality works from selected modern artists permanently on display, but there are also regular seasonal changes with new themes, new artists, and a […]


Swords and Sorcery at Chateau de Clayette near the Roannais

An exciting day and evening was had by all at chateau de la Clayette at the end  of July. Sorcery, Swords and magic in a fantastic medieval setting. This is a classic French chateau, absolutely perfect for staging a medieval event with son et lumiere. A medieval village had been set up in the grounds […]


Art and the Wild West in the Roannais

It is not often that you are both surprised and fascinated when you visit someones home for the first time. However, recently in Roanne, the main township of the Roannais, in the Rhône-Alpes region we had the unique pleasure of meeting a locally renowned artist who specialises in creating colourful paintings of American Indians from […]


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