TignesPenthouse

The ultimate ski penthouse in the Alps

If you like to cook ...

Eating in is a chef's dream

We like to eat in or eat out and also to entertain. The local restaurants are good and even with the varying euro, value is good in Tignes and seems significantly cheaper than in Val d'Isere.

There are also a number of take-away providers in the village.

If you like to cook, you will be in heaven. The spacious kitchen is new and from Bulthaup.

All the cutlery and crockery and glassware is to a very high standard.

As far as equipment is concerned we have fitted appliances by Miele which include hob, two ovens, microwave, built in coffee maker, fridge freezer with ice maker, dish washer, warming drawer, washer dryer.

Other fittings include extractor hood, instant hot water tap and Miele wine fridge.

Our chalet host will help you with food shopping if you want and can bring fresh bread in the morning.


... and eating out is a treat, too

We're not strangers to international restaurants and these are how we found a mix of eateries which are very handy to 38 Le Bollin at Tignes.

Photo of a Tignes bar restaurant.
Good value ... Many Tignes eateries are fun and not so tough on the pocket.

Aspen coffee shop -
which is right below Le Bollin. Quick and friendly service even when they are busy doing skiers' lunches. The signature Aspen burger with egg is good. Omelettes are popular. They accept American Express. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 57

Brasero -
Down in Le Lavachet and the prices reflect this, which is good. The staff of seven provide good service and cooking. In fact some of the meat that we've had here ranks as the best in the resort. Good range of live performers and you can check their programme in advance on the web. Special offer in April was two steak meals and a bottle of wine for €30 for the two. We had their classic roast pork with chutney and vegetables and a king prawn starter for €22 each - very good indeed! Recommended.

Like Couloir under new ownership with a French couple running it. They have kept the same staff for this season and first reports are positive. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 24 49 34

Casserole in Val d'Isere -
We have visited many times. Nice atmosphere and sometimes there's the smell of a log fire. Prices seem high and €19 for the Fish Soup was amazing but the food is good.

Caveau -
Aptly named underground restaurant in the heart of Val Claret, which is in crawling distance of Couloir and the Grissly bar. Interesting food and presentation, which is more foodie than bulk but prices are reasonable. Entertainment on their micro stage starts at 10.15pm and it will not disappoint. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 52 32

Couloir -
A big bar downstairs and eating happens upstairs under the sloping roof. More rustic than rarified, their 500g Yeti steak is probably the biggest that you will find anywhere in the resort. A very popular and happening place in the centre of the village.

Change of ownership and more Spain now than Essex. Still got the big steaks on the menu but they aren't called Yeti anymore. We booked the top floor in the eaves that can take 10 people max. Service was 6/10 but food was good and Rioja wine was special for us red wine drinkers. 250g steak was also fine and good quality. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 32 64

Datcha -
Opposite Couloir provides okay food but we found it a bit cramped and for this reason only, it's not our favourite. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 50 98

Folie Douce on the mountain -
Self service section is a favourite. Once a big piece of Duck other time Spag bol €89 for 5 including soft drinks. Manageress drives self service for speed which works well. The range and quality of the fresh ingredients in this self service is quite outstanding. Great cheeses, breads, fruit, meat and wine! Combine this food with the entertainment which builds from lunchtime onwards make this a great place to stop. Folie Douce on the web. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 07 17

Grattalu -
Pleasant old mountain ambiance. The French Onion soup is good. Simple steaks and veal were good. Apple crumble in the €25 fixed menu was not so good and rather sticky. Always a pleasant restaurant which is reasonably priced. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 30 78

Grizzly bar -
Great ambiance with amazing decor and middle of the road rock music. This bar is a personal favourite and should be visited. They serve drinks round wood fires outside during the day. Two hot wines €11.50. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 34 17

Kfe Lounge -
It's right in the centre of Val Claret and nearly next to the big Sherpa and opposite the pharmacy. Its a good bar and quick food place. They cook the food next door and sometimes that means it's a bit slow. Good bar and TV – we go there quite often. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 31 93

L'Armoise -
We haven't been here for ages but booked for our group of nine and the restaurant was completely full. Known for its Cow murals on the walls and loads of knotty pine décor. Food good – most of our group had the €18 menu although some went for the €27 one in order to get a good steak and the crème brulee. Would go again. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 52 97

Les Breviers – Sachette -
A little walk up the street from the bridge, but an old favourite by the river. It was cold so we ate inside and the food was good – most of our group ate Spag Bol. The price is reasonable and it was very full quickly at lunchtime. At the opposite end of the spectrum, we stopped at the café on the snow as you ski into Les Breviers with the red seats and shutters. The drinks bill for four of us was €36 with cokes and a sprite at €7.80 each. Outrageous given the service wasn't special and there wasn't any added value like the Folie Douce provides.

Le Delice -
Small restaurant in the corner next to Grattalu. Owned by the ex. chef from Le Caveau, it is getting very good reviews. We tried to book and the phone (both numbers) wasn't being answered in the middle of the day so we went to Couloir instead. An unusual mix of traditional French and a separate Thai menu.

La Krepouz -
Classic french crepes and salads located next to the Tex Mex in Val Claret centre. Friendly service. Welcomes kids. A personal favourite of Mrs Howe. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 00 75 82

Le Panoramic -
At the top of the funicular and a good place to stop if it's cold or windy. Very large premises but the plus side is that we can always find a table in the self service section. Food is fine and reasonable value. We like the Spag bol. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 47 21

Le Petit Savoyard -
We went for €29 menu. Local Savoyard wine, Gamay was served cool and is good. Trout not so good in our opinion - probably comes from far away! Duck with honey sauce is rich but good. Rectangular plates. Crème brulee very good. An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 06 36 23

Saloon -
A big bar in the centre of Val Claret and the place where a lot of 'youngish' people meet up. Noisy for older folk and for those who want to talk. We find the seating area on the right hand side as you enter has the lowest noise levels! An image on TopSkiAlps, home of gorgeous 38 Le Bollin. 0479 01 04 98

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