Dining in Chatel
Chatel has a range of dining options whether you're looking to enjoy the local specialities in an atmospheric chalet restaurant or cook up a storm in your apartment.
Another great option for self-catering residences is to take the hassle out of shopping and cooking on arrival with Huski's food (and drink!) delivery service. Order online in advance and get oven- or microwave-ready meals, drinks and grocery items delivered to your door. There are options to suit every diet including vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. Dishes are available à la carte or in set menus with one-night, three-night, and six-night packages.
There are more than 20 mountain restaurants on the pistes and at the base of the runs down by the village. Most are small to medium-sized family-run establishments with home cooking using locally sourced ingredients. One of the easiest to reach is Le Schuss within the slopeside Hotel Le Schuss (+33 (0)4 50 73 24 53; at the base of the Linga piste which runs a buffet style lunch - perfect if you want to minimise your time off the slopes. La Ferme des Pistes (+33 (0)4 50 81 35 81) on the slopes above has lots of character.
Restaurants in Town
There are around 60 places to choose from to eat, including hotel restaurants, in and around the village. Almost all of these serve traditional Savoyard cuisine as well as international dishes, with the inevitable selection of Italian establishments too. The atmospheric Le Vieux Four (+33 (0)4 50 73 30 56) is generally regarded as one of the best in resort. For pizza try Chez Fred's (+33 (0)4 50 73 37 97), Le Fiacre (+33 (0)4 50 73 30 46) or Hors Piste (+33 (0)4 50 73 79 87)(among several others) and good creperies include Le Génépi (+33 (0)4 50 73 37 32) and La Galettière (+33 (0)4 50 73 24 99).
As you would expect in a village that makes much of its farming roots and traditional values, Châtel is well provided for with several local butchers, bakers and other food stores, including regional speciale lists such as La Cave à sosse (+33 (0)4 50 73 36 56, Délices de Châtel (+33 (0)4 50 73 29 96) and Grenier de Châtel (+33 (0)4 50 73 39 84 There's also a dedicated wine and spirits specialist store. The march of the supermarkets cannot be contained however and there's a well-stocked Sherpa (+33 (0)4 50 73 21 54); store there too. There's also a traditional market staged every Wednesday.