Les Gets is gorgeous small town in the French Alps. Perfect for ski fanatics, and also people like me who love the calm of winter and the snow. I prefer to be inside looking out from a great table, and so I explored the best eating and drinking options that Les Gets has to offer.
Les Gets has a lovely laid back charm with slopes on both sides, and many restaurants and bars overlooking or next to the pistes. Les Gets partners excellently with Morzine being just a few kilometres away with cross country ski routes and easy access. There is also a ski pass for both Morzine and Les Gets, so it makes sense to do both.
In terms of what you eat and drink, I have got you covered. All tried and tested with the Eat Like a Girl seal of approval.
At the base of the slopes, Le Bacchus in Hôtel Crychar is a cosy wine bar with broad views over all of the activity on the slopes outside. Food is locally sourced and well cooked and presented. Sampled and recommended are the cheese and charcuterie board, the charcuterie sourced from a producer in nearby Tanninges; a lovely salad with lightly pickled beetroot, duck ham and petol de chèvre cheese and the house duck rillettes. The wine list is worth perusing, I had an excellent Chignin Bergeron from a nearby producer.
La Grande Lanière
At the edge of town at the bottom of the la Turche ski lift, the La Grande Lanière restaurant and terrace overlook the slope. Just outside is a woodfired chicken rotisserie (say WHAT?!) but unfortunately as I was there with the start of the season and it was still a few days before the lift opened, the rotisserie wasn’t active yet. La Grande Lanière pride themselves on making everything in house (which I know is an assumption for everywhere, but this is not always the case). I had the house foie gras, an excellent tartiflette with salad and Swiss double cream with red fruits (divine). Gorgeous.
La Fruitière des Perrières
Cosy and social best describes La Fruitière des Perrières. On arrival you are seated at the communal table by the open fire and presented with an aperitif, Le Marquisette, a spritely mix of white rum, grenadine, white wine, oranges and lemons. The fondue here is particularly good with a mix of Swiss gruyere, comté fruité and vacherin fribourgeois started in the kitchen and finished at your table with an excellent platter of local charcuterie, potatoes, pickles and salad. I went for the cep fondue which was sublime. I also tried the Savoie hot pot (la potée savoyarde), a gorgeous light stew of diots (local sausages), cabbage, potatoes and carrots. I finished with a small glass of Marc de Savoie infused with a viper. Yes, that is what I typed. Called La Viperine, it is said to be good for your mussels. The snakes are native to the alps and are lured into bottles where they are drowned in the alcohol. What a way to go. La Viperine was a once off for me, but hey, I tried it.
Le Pub Irlandais
I know, I know. Bear with me! As an Irish gal who travels, I tend to avoid Irish pubs. They are usually the furthest thing from any Irish pub reality and they can feel a bit twee. Le Pub Irlandais in Les Gets is one of the exceptions. And they brew their own beer. 7 beers are brewed in the small craft brewery at the back of the pub and there is something for everyone. The brewing style is quite traditional and the beers are all served fresh in the bar, and only in the bar. Bonus, the vibe is very close to a real Irish bar back home.
L’Anka and La Biskatcha
On Tuesday’s La Biskatcha have an oyster and wine bar perched just outside their door from 5pm – 7.30pm on Tuesday. One oyster and a glass of wine will set you back €7.50, better to go for three and a glass of wine for €12. A perfect appetiser before tapas at L’Anka inside. Tapas refers more to the style of presentation, the food has some Spanish influence but it is quite international. The cooked oysters are gorgeous, I enjoyed the pork ribs also.
Chez Jacques has both a bar and restaurant. The bar is known locally for their gin list and they have a menu of gin and tonics and cocktails. The restaurant menu changes daily based on what is available with two options for each course. I had a bright goat’s cheese salad with local ham, the cheese served grilled on toast, followed by a very tender and lovely slow cooked brisket with baked potato and chive cream. Go for the gin, stay for the beef. Very enjoyable.
I travelled to the French Alps with Atout France and France Montagnes. I stayed with Peak Retreats (www.peakretreats.co.uk, 0844 576 0170) at Hotel Le Cret who offer 7 nights half-board from £495pp, including Eurotunnel crossing with FlexiPlus upgrade. Hotel Le Cret is a great option for families looking for a good half board option and activities for kids.