Jan 11 2013 / Travel Tips & Advice

Cheese, Sir, I want some more

Cheese Fondue

If there’s one thing snowangel.co.uk loves as much as a snowboarding/ski holiday and après ski, it has to be cheese… and wine of course. Deep fried, melted, grated, sliced, boxed, crumbled, red, white, rosé – we don’t care. So with cheese and wine in mind we set out on a mission to find you the best fondue, raclette and tartiflette the mountains have to offer, and some of the best wine to drink with it.

Best for a late night cheese hit…

Fromagerie Meribel

A cheese lover’s must is Fromagerie in Meribel. It smells of cheese, it serves cheese, you’ll leave smelling of cheese! In fact, it’s fair to say we’ve never been faced with so much cheese before! When you finish your fondue here, they scramble the end of the pot with an egg – just in case you’ve not eaten enough of the lovely stuff! They also knock up an amazing charcuterie, but expect to leave here in a cheese coma. To wash it down, the wine list is top notch, with a variety of local wine on the menu. It’s not cheap, but it’s definitely worth splashing the cash for. Definitely try the raclette here it’s amazing, but don’t fill up on bread because we can’t promise you’ll make it out alive!

Best for a splash out…

Edelweiss Obergurgl in Austria

Right in the centre of Obergurgl in Austria, you’ll find the Edelweiss and Gurgl. This place is always packed for lunch and dinner, so booking a table is a must. The house fondue here is made from cheese sourced from a local farm and the wine list fits with the hotel’s philosophy of locally sourced produced. So as well as featuring Austrian classics, they’ll also introduce you to vintners whose wines are a real find. The service is exceptional and the sommelier will be more than happy to match your wine to your cheese.

Best for lunch time…

La cremerie Chamonix

If you’re in the market for a traditional Savoyard lunch in Chamonix, then head to La Cremerie. It was founded in 1926 when George Ravanel sold drinks from a hut. In the 1950s his son added homemade tarts and the business has been passed down through the family ever since. We love the cheese croutes (aka cheese on toast) and the garlic bread covered in melted cheese. The wine list here is cheap, by French standards, so this place is perfect for a lunchtime tipple. To make you work for your lunch you ski through trees, on the red Pierre a Ric, to get here, but it’s well worth the effort.

Best for adventurers…

Chez Dany Verbier

Chez Dany in Verbier isn’t the cheapest place to eat on the mountain but it’s definitely worth it for the panoramic views. If you’re lucky enough to stop here, we’d recommend the mushroom fondue and the tartiflette. You can pick up a nice house red, which won’t break the bank by Verbier standards, and the best thing about this restaurant is that you can hire a toboggan and some headlamps to get up here, and then sledge down after dinner. Failing that if you ask nicely the restaurant will arrange a snow-machine to pick you up!

Best for something different…

Le Diable Cour Les Deux Alpes

If you happen to be looking for a break from all the self service restaurants in Les Deux Alps head to Le Diable au Cour, which is open from 9am until 5pm. You’ll find this cosy mountain restaurant at the top of the gondola Devil’s at 2400 metres. As well as serving grab to ride snacks there’s also a full menu of traditional mountain food if you’re looking to take a long lunch. We’d opt for a fondue here, which can be enjoyed beside a real log fire for indoor days or on the terrace when the sun’s out. There’s a great selection of reds for when the weather’s not up to much and pale roses for blue sky days. If you’re looking for something more than wine to anaesthetise your aching muscles then take a dip in the outdoor jacuzzi.

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About the Author: Samantha Cope

Samantha Cope is the founder of SnowAngel (www.snowangel.co.uk), the ultimate mountain restaurant and apres ski bar guide for Europe, Canada and the US. The writers behind SnowAngel have spent the last 20 years eating and drinking their way around the alps to bring you the best off the slopes action. It's not necessarily just about Michelin starred restaurants, or two-for-one jagerbombs, it's about making sure you don't miss anything at the end of a ski day.

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