“Food on the slopes was expensive and not great quality, but the hotel seemed to turn a blind eye to those taking food for a packed lunch, and the restaurants tolerated picnickers,” advised a reporter. There are seven cafés and kiosks up the mountain in Geilo, serving basic fare – although alcohol is not available until after 3pm. Stugu Café is in the Geiloia area, with a bakery and outdoor barbecue, and in the same area is Skarvegrotta which has specially designed lighting and sound effects to recreate the mood of the Hallingskarvet National Park. There’s a choice of three-course set menus based on local dishes. The sun terrace of the Dr Holms Hotel is the more sophisticated lunchtime rendezvous.
Seafood buffets and plenty of fish and reindeer on the menu
Frode Aga is one of Norway’s top chefs and his restaurant Hallingstuene is in the centre of Geilo. The rustic style restaurant has a fireplace and wood-panelled walls. Game is the speciality, with grouse, elk and red deer on the menu. Peppes Pizza is the cheaper alternative. Dr Holms Hotel has a brasserie with a French menu, and also offers a Bowl & Dine experience. This is an authentic 50s-style American diner complete with red leatherette seats, black-and-white floor tiles, lots of chrome, and six modern bowling alleys. Sofias Café & Bar at Hotel Bardola offers home-made food using creative recipes.