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Coeliacs in VT

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My ski group has a couple of dietary requirements; one coeliac, and one dairy intolerance. I'll obviously enquire with the chalet hosts but thought I would put it to the snowheads community.

Are there any recommendations for receptive restaurants in the VT/meribel/Les Men etc area for the odd decent lunch? Probably won't manage courch as a group due to abilities... We also have the obligatory two evening meals out so something in VT for then would be good.

Cheers all!
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@Thomasski, Mrs Z is coelliac. Tripadvisor is a good first port of call for identifying options. I would usually check the restaurant reviews section for the word "gluten" and also visit the websites to check the menus before booking.
Here's a shortlist for VT.
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g196716-zfz10992-Val_Thorens_Saint_Martin_de_Belleville_Savoie_Auvergne_Rhone_Alpes.html
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I'm coeliac. I find most French restaurants to be good - just ask for 'sans gluten'. And they tend not to chuck flour at everything the way we do.
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@Thomasski, I’ve found that the restaurants now in France do have a comprehensive list of ingredients that maybe allergenic. How accurate they are is another matter of course.
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I think that son of Pending survived two weeks in VT last easter, maybe PM her to ask if they ate out.
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@Thomasski, you think you have problems?

My coeliac, strict vegan, niece is coming over to Champoluc with us...
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My experience has been:
- Tartiflette is usually fine in French restaurants (I ask but 100% so far) except perhaps the dressing on the salad (not sure what they put in it but I’ve often been told the dressing isn’t GF). For some bizarre reason there is a chalet recipe for tartiflette that involves flour, so be careful there.
- The “general” list of allergens that is posted is often inaccurate (in both directions), I wouldn’t rely on it, better to ask.
- Most restaurants that cook to order are usually fine – staff are usually knowledgeable and will make something / adapt.
- The caveat to that is if it’s really busy – then these things can slip a bit so be careful.
- I find the self-service places more of a struggle – soups and salads are almost always out due to cross-contamination and most of the hot plate stuff is a no go by nature. Choice often seems to end up being: yoghurt, chocolate bar, plate of chips (need to check chips/fryer), if lucky then plate of meat and cheese or tartiflette. Staff generally seem to be less knowledgeable too. BUT, if they are quiet then they are more willing to discuss/help.
- On mountain in VT I can recommend upstairs at Chalet de la Marine which has an excellent menu with extensive GT options. I also ate at La Maison de Savoy Les Menuires which didn’t have anything marked on the menu but were very helpful when asked and the food was excellent.
- The Knife and Fork has very limited GF options. When I looked around and asked 2 years ago it was chips or chocolate, though they did have their own dedicated fryer for the chips.
- Loads of place in VT village that do raclette which is GF. The steak restaurant at the top of town is also very good and has loads of GF options (you just have to ask them).
- All the supermarkets in VT have a small selection of GF products, the Sherpa at the top of town has the largest / best.
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Ok thanks guys, will have a look this eve and start to compile a mini directory on a map to save faffing; hopefully those that doth profess 'gluten free options' aren't just referring to a bowl of chips... wink
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@Thomasski, I wouldn't count on chips being ok. Most French supermarket frozen chips seem to have flour added to them.
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Don’t fall for ‘galettes are made of buckwheat flour’. Buckwheat is safe but most decent galettes also have a good dose of wheat flour. Took me a few goes before I twigged.

Everywhere I’ve been in France lately has understood straight away and you never get any of that sneery suspicion you get in some British restaurants.
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@Thomasski, check out Wokski in the Knife & Fork for a snack lunch - they do cartons of rice or noodles, with a sauce. I'm pretty sure that last year they did rice noodles.

Having just been diagnosed as coeliac, I'm going through a similar bit of planning for the SFaB in VT.
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If people are driving out then it is worth stocking up at a valley supermarket. I think the Gerble brand packets of bread are better than any of the UK ones.

The Tignes Carrefour has fresh GF bread, but didn't see any in the VT ones last Easter.
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Gämsbock wrote:

- On mountain in VT I can recommend upstairs at Chalet de la Marine which has an excellent menu with extensive GT options. I also ate at La Maison de Savoy Les Menuires which didn’t have anything marked on the menu but were very helpful when asked and the food was excellent.
- Loads of place in VT village that do raclette which is GF. The steak restaurant at the top of town is also very good and has loads of GF options (you just have to ask them).
- All the supermarkets in VT have a small selection of GF products, the Sherpa at the top of town has the largest / best.


Perfect, good to have tried and tested places, takes some of the stress away, thank you! Will be nice to not cruise up to somewhere and be disappointed.

Thanks for the detailed responses all, very good info there!
We are catered so no big supermarket stops but I may see what extras the hosts can acquire for in the chalet (gf beer etc). I know in St Anton they were happy to help.
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