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Verbier is renowned for its array of outstanding (and expensive) restaurants catering to the well-heeled clientele of the resort. From the on mountain delights of Le Dahu at the bottom of the snowpark in La Chaux to the town based delights of Table d’Adrien at the base of the Savolyeres lift. Both restaurants offer a different but very pleasurable experience for diners.

However, sometimes what you really want is a good hearty meal in unpretentious surroundings with a pint of Guinness and not feel like you’re out of you’re uncouth. This is where Fer a Cheval has it nailed.

Situated on the main Rue de Medran road leading up from Place Centrale up to the Medran lift, Fer a Cheval is about half way up on the right hand side with a small seating area outside and a Tardis like inside.

If the suns out, bagging a table outside is rare, but if you get the opportunity the terrace is a sun trap and without much wind you can go to work on your tan. When the weather’s not so great you can venture inside to a ground level restaurant that wraps around a bar with tables and seating at both ends. There are also further tables in the basement that are pre-bookable, but you may get lucky just turning up on the off chance.

The menu features a variety of favourites including pizza, pasta, salads, burgers and the like, and there is always the Plat du Jour which often comes accompanied by a soup or salad starter.

Speaking of starters, you’re welcome to get stuck into a variety of local delicacy’s, but this is one the best places locally to get your hands on some beautifully prepared garlic snails. Not to be missed.

The pick of the mains for me has to the excellent lasagne. It might be a traditional favourite, but it’s executed brilliantly with a rich meaty sauce and thick béchamel cheese sauce, topped with a crusty cheddar and parmesan cheese finish. At a price the right side of 20CHFs you can’t complain at the value either.

You don’t have to eat to stop by here. Although open for breakfast lunch and dinner, it’s often a stop on the apres trail down the hill from Medran down towards the Farinet. There are a couple of generous high tables at the front which are perfect for small groups to gather round and get stuck in.

With a decent menu, a good drinks selection, reasonable process and a useful stop off location on the way down the hill it’s not a surprise that the Fer remains a favourite with locals and visitors alike.

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