Value For Money in The Three Valleys
Where to eat & drink without getting ripped off
Last update February 2016 - to be continued...
Great food but is it going to be €10 or €100 per head?
This page was originally put together in response to various press articles (probably whose brother has a restaurant in Austria) about people being ripped off in the French mountains - Prices do change all the time so this guide can't be up to date all the time but all French restaurants must display their prices, so you can always check first!
La Tania - Ski Lodge, burger and chips €10.50 (or no fries & no salad for €7)
La Tania - Saucisse Savoyarde, hot bacon panninis €5.50, Pizzas from €8.80
La Tania - On piste, Le Bouc Blanc, the usually excellent plat du jour is now around €16 - prices are creeping up now (probably to pay for the new extension) but service remains fast.
La Tania - La Taiga skiers lunch is a good option on a bad weather day, less crowded than main areas with three course menu skieur for €18, 2 courses €15 or Plat du Jour only €11.90. For example Lentil soup to start with, Steak and Chips with an Apple tart to finish.
Courchevel 1850 - entrance to the Forum building, ham baguettes with hot cheese €6
Courchevel 1850 - Restaurant 9,90 around the corner from the Ski Bus stop. Excellent value with the Plat du Jour €9.90, a set 3 course menu for €15 and bottles of Côtes du Rhône for €14.
Courchevel 1850 - on piste, Hotel Courcheneige, €6 pint of Stella. Skiers Menu for €30. This is a 4 course deal including the buffet, which you can have by itself for €15. Veuve Clicquot Champagne is still €50 or the Rosé for €55 and there's also the great value snack bar underneath too. LAST SEASON FOR THE COURCHENEIGE - IT HAS BEEN SOLD. Expect another 5 Star Hotel in 2017. They do have a new place however, La Pomme de Pin just above the Chabichou which is higher quality and prices (Veuve €65).
We'd like feedback on the Skiers Special at Le Chabichou (€28 or €50 for 3 courses but 2 Michelin Star quality - the lobster with pear & apples is €100 and only on the à la carte menu!). Maybe worth a splurge.... Under the same management across the piste is Bistro Le Chabotté which has a top quality plat du jour at a decent price.
Courchevel 1650 - La Boulotte breakfast cobs (aka Katie's Big Baps) €6.50
Courchevel 1650 - L'Enterlou, friendly place with big good value and tasty pizza's.
Courchevel 1650 - The snack hut with tables outside down from the Bel Air towards Petite Boss piste.
Courchevel 1650 - Chez Le Gaulois Snack Bar - another melted Raclette cheese butties place.
Courchevel 1550 - La Taverne opposite the lift by the Grangettes gondola. Stella €5, croques €5
Courchevel 1550 - The snack bar on the main road has excellent sandwiches, panninis etc from €5
Méribel - Rond Point, Saisonnaires pitcher of lager from €12. Bottle of Prosecco €22. BBQ food outside is decent value, restaurant service more expensive but decent quality. Pizzas good too.
Meribel - Evolution, the Plat du Jour at €13.50 is decent value while the Bad Boy Burger is €17.75 (but huge).
Meribel - Le Clos Bernard (ski in to the forest at the bottom of the Loze Express chair and follow the signs) deserves a mention for their Wednesday night offering with a huge traditional Savoyarde meal plus Cheeses, Genepi, Coffee, Vin Chaud etc for €49 including a torchlit walk to the Blanchot bus stop! It really is a stunning setting. Lunch from 12:00-16:30, mains from around €25 with the 1Kg Côte de Boeuf for two at €79.
Mottaret - Cafe Del Motte are doing some great BBQ deals for Winter 2016 including the green menu - Salad or Soup / Burger & Chips / Wine or Beer for €9.95 (Saisonnaires get desert & coffee too).
Mottaret - Le Chrismaran, €3.60 pint of Jupiter. Prices gone up now...
Mottaret - Fast Food, The Americana (chip butty / burger) around €10
St Martin - on piste Le Loy, good value plat du jour, often complimentary digestif.
St Martin - in town, La Voute, usually excellent plat du jour around €10 plus decent price wine.
Val Thorens - FaceWest, big club sandwich & chips €9.90 (while pizzas are €18).
Val Thorens - La Moutiere, the big self service with croques and chips for around €10
Val Thorens - Frog and Roastbeef, British Pub with good value burgers, fish and chips etc.
Val Thorens - The Noodle Bar Wokski under the huge Les Chalets du Thorens / 360 Bar complex near the bottom of the Portette and Moraine lifts. Choose your meat or veg and add a spice - perfect! The Thai soup is great too!
Les Menuires (Reberty) - L'Ours Blanc Restaurant is a bit tricky to find but has a great terrace with decent value gormet meals available.
Les Menuires (Reberty) - The Igloo bar, next to Le Ferme (excellent Vin Chaud) and under the same management has huge pizza for €9.50, large chips €4, baguettes €4.50, pints €5 & excellent tuna salad.
Les Menuires (centre, just through the gap in the buildings on the right en route to La Masse) - Very good option for a lunch here on a small sunny terrace.
Don't forget the Salle Hors Sac (Picnic Rooms) at Verdons (1850) and Cairn (VT) plus a new one at La Chaudanne in Meribel. The various sandwich bars by lifts/restaurants eg Belair, Roc de Tougne, Plan des Mains etc are generally ok too.
Expensive places to avoid include most places around 1850 especially the Verdons snack bar with mad prices and note that the L'Arpasson in Méribel is now charging 50c to use the toilets. At least the Panorama at the top of the Saulire Cable Car displays all of its prices right at the entrance (sometimes the view is worth paying for). La Soucoupe cheapest main course is €28 for a salad - it is supposed to be good mind...
Context always needed:
Slug & Lettuce in London, burger & chips £9.95, pint of Peroni £5.35 (and the skiing's rubbish).
UK Snow Dome, 4 hours, 160m of slope, peak price £56 (and pizza from £8.50).
Three Valleys, 4.5 hours, 600km of slope, peak price £35 (and pizza from £7.00).
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