Lunch at Les Vieilles Luge, Les Houches

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As the Grand Montets opened this weekend and there is only one day left to bag your pre-season lift discounts, the skiing season has nearly begun in earnest.  As great fun as the white stuff is, my thoughts also turn to cosy mountain meals.

Last year I spent some time pondering where would be best to ski with the kidsand we settled on Argentiere. (We’ll be doing the same again this year, as it worked out nicely for us.)  I also wanted to check out some restaurants I’d heard about.  One such place was Les Vieilles Luge, located  on Telesige de Maison Neuve in Les Houches, accessible by skis, or a 20 min walk up from Maisonneuve.  Its probably one of the Chamonix valley’s few traditional feeling mountain side restaurants, often recommended for special occasions.

We booked a late lunch and found it to be warm, cosy and busy. The menu was relatively limited as you might expect but the cuisine quick and acceptable (the adults had roast duck in a fruity sauce and the kids had local sausages).  The  alpine decor was enchanting.  I’d like to say that the ambiance was fantastic too, but we arrived just as a mature French family were paying their bill and lamenting the existence of the English.  Quite understandably the staff looked rather embarrassed by the comment.  Things became more relaxed after that particular family left, but its a shame when other guests make you feel uncomfortable.

I must admit that, that was the first time we’ve witnessed irritation with the Brits and one of Chamonix’s strengths is that it is welcoming to people other than the locals.  However, it incentivizes you to learn the language, even if it might be just so you know what is being said about you. :-$  I suppose we should just laugh and say ‘vive la difference!’

Anyway little rant over, and here are some photos to give you a flavour of the place as we do intend to go back again even if its just for a vin chaud.

The restaurant is open throughout the ski season, lunch and dinner by reservation, or by special arrangement in the summer.


3 thoughts on “Lunch at Les Vieilles Luge, Les Houches

    Alun said:
    December 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I am disappointed to hear that your experience of Les Vieilles Luge was lightly marred by another guest’s comments. I know that the proprietors will have been very embarrassed. Claude and Julie have done wonders with the place and I would highly recommend it to anyone. My wife and I had our post wedding celebration there.

    Top Class choice

      barratschamonix said:
      December 11, 2010 at 10:17 pm

      Yes, it was, I’m afraid affected by some rude comments by a few customers, but the proprietors can’t be held responsible for that.
      It does seem like a lovely place though, so we look forward to trying again this year.
      We hope you enjoyed your post wedding celebrations.

        Alun said:
        December 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

        Had a FAB evening, thank you. I really enjoyed finding your site and love the image on this post too so off to Flickr to find more of your photos now.
        Kind Regards

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