This family run establishment has been a restaurant since 1957 but only opened in the winter in 2012.
The thoughtful décor (rustic with a modern twist) makes it easy to see the origins of the farmhouse this once was. As well as milk churns and milk bottles used in the décor, one of the loos has an old milk churn as a toilet cistern.
Nothing feels contrived though and the menu offers local produce including a great selection of local cheeses. Food is available all afternoon, but there is a reduced menu after the standard lunchtime hours.
There are three rooms in the restaurant: the ‘cave’ is tucked away in the back and as it has no windows it is best suited to evening meals.
The bright front room has retained all the original features but also has floor to ceiling windows to make the most of the views. There are also dining tables in the main bar area.
The two terraces have lovely views and, being slightly down the valley, is sheltered and sunny. For less clement days, cosy blankets are supplied.
In the summer, animals are kept in the nearby outbuildings and there’s a small boutique shop attached which sells local produce and gifts.
Chez Pepe Nicolas is shut on Sundays and Mondays except by arrangement. Tuesday is a Savoyarde only evening, and there are fireworks on Wednesdays.
+33 (0)6 09 45 28 35
Chez Pepe Nicolas is on la Chasse piste. Pedestrians can take the bus between les Menuires and Val Thorens and ask to stop at Chez Pepe Nicolas)