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The story of "Les Copains"
In 1935 Mr and Mrs FOREST décided to buy a house just opposite the famous round city-hall of AMBERT and became «  innkeepers » as they used to say...

Their daughter Marie and her husband Joseph CHELLE stepped into their parents footsteps and enlarged the family business which was called « HOTEL DE LA POSTE ».

Already , the people came from afar to taste Marie and Joseph' specialities , the famous tripes as well as the escargots. 

In I964 their son Jeannot and his wife Nicole in their turn enlarged the hotel and named it «  Les Copains » after the film which was shot here by Yves Robert.

The fourth generation was arriving : Thierry, Jeannot and Nicole' eldest son , entered the Hotel School in CHAMALIERES (near Clermont-Ferrand).After his final exams he moved to PARIS and worked here for several months in « LIDO », international cabaret in Champs Elysées. But he aimed higher and applied for the « Ecole Supérieure de cuisine » in PARIS.After two years he graduated and did 2 trainee ships , training of 6 months each: Restaurant « FAUGERON »,an excellent maison , and further with the great Head chef JOEL ROBUCHON.

Back in AMBERT he replaced his grand-mother behind the kitchen-range , his father did the bar keeping and his mother Nicole managed the restaurant.

Humanity progresses and technology should follow : in 1996 «  LES COPAINS » was enlarged and improverd once more !

The kitchen was transformed into an ultra-modern laboratory , the restaurant room became spacious , bright and comfortable. Next to it there is now a function room that can be transformed into a conference room. The bar has been renovated . The ten rooms are all classified « GrandConfort »(most comfortable). 
This , in short , is the family FOREST-CHELLE history. Four generations of innkeepers and Chefs in Ambert.

Being born in Ambert myself , I am very flattered to have the honour to be confided to write the preface of this golden book which I foresee to be luxurious.

However , if you come back here , certainly don't forget some of Thierry’s specialities such as his frog’s legs wrapped in puff-pastry his 7-hours-leg of lamb or his « Omble Chevalier » (a kind of salmon) in all simplicity as it should be , and even the dessert , the autumn dish or the parfait glacé with its raspberry coulis and many other lovely dishes.

You will be welcomed by Nicole’s smile and Jeannot’s hospitality.

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42 Boulevard Henri IV
63600 AMBERT

Tel : +33 (0)4 73 82 01 02
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