La Cantine

grilled cheese

Year Number Two – Here We Go!

We’re officially one year old! And twelve months into our mission of providing Tignes with sensational and affordable snacks and sandwiches. The winter season has kicked off with a great opening party last week when we invited new friends and familiar faces to raise a glass and have a taste of the new menu.

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Along side some of the hits from last year we have two new meaty treats on offer. First up is a winter warmer of slow braised beef which melts in the mouth, combined with a tangy homemade mustard pickle. Also we have a more tropical inspired sandwich, beer braised BBQ chicken which is shredded and combined with a homemade BBQ sauce made from Guinness, topped with grilled pineapple.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome our new team for the winter. After holding things down superbly last season and through the summer we have barista Bleu taking hold of the reins. In control of the food is our resident chef Kelly, with a breadth of culinary experience you can expect great things to come from the kitchen this year. Also on the team we have the lovely Frances and Sarah. They’re a great bunch so come and say hello.

New Crew

In other news we would like to mention that we are now catering for more and more dietary requirements. We are currently working on our very own vegan cheese recipe which will be on the menu in the next week or so. This will compliment at least 2 of our vegan friendly sandwiches. We also keep a stock of gluten free bread and a selection of dairy free milks. What ever your needs are, please just ask and we’ll do everything we can to accommodate.

Lets hope for an epic winter of snow and we look forward to feeding you all.

The Summer Summary

It’s hard to imagine that in a couple months time we’ll be covered in snow again. What a great summer we’ve had in Tignes. The terrace has been bustling under the alpine sun and the ice cream sundae’s have been flying out.

Whether you’ve been in and out all summer or just a quick visit we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. We’ve managed to build on the success of last winter and continue to receive great feedback whilst having a blast at the same time.

For anyone who didn’t manage to stop by this summer, maybe you’re still interested in what’s been going down in cheese town.
In addition to the usual suspects from the winter grilled cheese menu we chose one of the more summery specials to stick around. This was the Moroccan inspired chickpea, red onion and feta sandwich. A refreshing mix with the addition of black olives and lemon, glued together of course with our gooey 5 cheese house blend. Sounds almost healthy!

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We also thought we’d try our hands at the burger game. Covering all bases, we had a classic beef burger, a chicken fillet burger and a veggie falafel burger, all served with delicious crisps and a crunchy salad. For our gluten free and vegan friends (not exclusively of course) we offered a spicy falafel salad served on a crunchy salad with a sweet tangy dressing.

It’s not all been slaving over a hot grill here at La Cantine, we’ve been out and about all over the place enjoying the mountains. Camping trips to lake Annecy, concurring the Via Ferrata, stalking the Tour de France, endless BBQ’s and lakeside activities.
We’re actually all fitter than ever and totally ready to get the ski’s and boards back on.
Roll on winter, more grilled cheese and who’s know what?!?


Unbelievably we’re already only a couple of weeks away from the end of the season, it seems like only last week that we welcomed everyone in for a sample taste of what was on offer. Since then we’ve gone from strength to strength and sandwich to sandwich, we’ve added to the menu bit by bit and now have a long list of weekly specials. Some of our favourites being; slow braised beef chilli, served with guacamole. Jerk pork served with caramelised pineapple. Steak and cheese, and would you believe it mac ‘n’ cheese with bacon, carb monster!!

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We’re all very thankful and perhaps a little relieved at how well its been received by both seasonnaires and holiday makers alike. Our mission was to try and provide an affordable and alternative lunch option amongst all the pizzas, crêpes and burgers on offer around Tignes. And to hopefully add to the growing reasons for people to visit Le Lavachet, which over the last few years has become a great place to hang out.

A special thank you is most definitely owed to the amazing team that have ran the show and helped to iron out all the teething problems along the way. Alice, Bleu, Chenoa, Andy, Charlie, Joe, Debbs, Sophie, Amy and Amy, and also Anna for her amazing cakes. It’s been great vibes and service with a smile from start to finish. Which is probably why our loyal seasonnaires keep coming back for more grilled cheese.

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What’s next then….?
We’re all having a well earned break and putting our feet for a few weeks. Then we’re back for the summer with more delicious grilled cheese and summery treats. Expect some refreshing and healthy salads, and some naughty and not so healthy desserts, perfect for a warm summers day.

Project Update – Work is Underway

Building the framworkThe interior of what used to be a ski rental shop has been gutted and we’re well under way with the transformation into a modern and lively eating space.
Much of the interior design requires a new wooden framework to enable us to create the desired effect.
A running theme throughout the space will be the use of reclaimed materials and quirky objects to form an interesting and inviting environment.


Much of our reclaimed wood has been retrieved from old pallets found in the local area. These have been sanded down a little and will be used as cladding around the breakfast bar and the front counter. To contrast the pallets, we have a full length blackboard wall which will be used to display the menu and artwork.



Reclaimed wood from old pallets


The next part of the project will be the floor. After stripping the carpet and the glue beneath, we’ll be left with a tiled floor which will then be painted a dark grey and stencilled!

We’ll have more project updates coming very soon…

Laser Printing – Engravings for the cafe interior

Just before leaving the UK for a summer back in Tignes, we managed to visit our friends at ‘Drawn by the Light’ to prepare some laser engravings for the interior of the cafe. One of the first installs of the build will be a timber clad bar front made from reclaimed pallet wood.

Here are some previews of the work so far:

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Engraved slats ready to take to France for the install.
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Printing with lasers