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“More about the location and curiosity of the place than the produce”

Le relais du Col du Mont Cenis
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Stunning location but tired cafe stop, with curios and photos on the walls. Drinks ok, handy and functional, but don't go out of your way.... The deserts put out for lunch didn't entice us to stay on!

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Reviewed 4 April 2016

Very nice setting on the old mountain route to Italy. The serve very good traditional food and pousse-café. If you're not a good skier they can pick up with their snowsquad.

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Reviewed 21 January 2016

We were traveling from France to Italy and were advised to take the time to traverse the Pass rather than the much faster tunnel. We are glad we did because the weather was perfect and the scenery was awesome. After several hours driving up the French side we chanced upon this roadside restaurant and stopped for a rest and a light meal. The lady working that way went out of her way to make us comfortable and promptly served up some sandwiches and hot beverages Not only was everything very tasty but it was all very reasonably priced concerning the remote location. Certainly worthwhile to keep this place in mind if you are ever on this road..

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Great location if you are up for the ski down to it or the hike up to it in the snow. Well worth the effort. Run by a great French family with exceptional staff. Food is great very local. One day we intend to stay in the hotel. Although getting our suitcases there could be tricky! Perhaps we should wait for the snow to melt so we can take the road.

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Reviewed 17 March 2014

Charming, old fashioned French roadside restaurant with a twist. The twist being that the road is the Col du Mont Cenis, a pass between France and Italy, and the altitude is 2083m/6834ft.

So in summer car-borne tourists can loll over a cold one watching hard-as-teak cyclists add the Col to their list of conquests. In winter (this review) the Relais becomes a handy mountain restaurant, but in good weather customers still relax outside taking in the lunar landscape along with the rays.

Access is either via the red Goulet piste or on foot from the summit of the high speed Ramasse chairlift from Lanslebourg. There are snow-shoe walking circuits at the col and sometimes walkers outnumber skiers at the Relais – a welcome reminder that there can be more to winter holidays than skiing.

Inside there is a very traditional bar and restaurant of the old style, festooned with mountain, skiing and cycling memorabilia and pictures. Unlike many Val Cenis on-mountain pit stops there is a substantial amount of room inside, a welcome edge in poor weather. Food is as traditional as the décor, but wholesome and served in generous portions. Local Diot sausages are juicy and tender, and the tartiflette here is piquant and sticky with melting cheese. Dessert options include a range of good fruit tarts which (if you are on holiday) count towards your five-a-day.

A cheerful and very hard working team give the Relais genuine atmosphere and make it a very pleasant place to be. They don’t make them like this anymore. In fact they haven’t made them like this for years – all the more reason to pay a visit.

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