Morzine is a busy town with lots of places to eat and drink. Standards are high generally and there are lots of great options. All here are tried and tested and get the Eat Like a Girl seal of approval. Enjoy, and do share any tips you might have in the comments.
See also: Where to Eat and Drink in Les Gets in the French Alps (the town next door to Morzine, you can get there easily via cross country ski or car).
La Ferme de la Fruitiere
L’Alpage next door makes 7 cheeses using local raw full cream milk. You can buy the cheese there, or eat it in their restaurant next door, La Ferme de la Fruitiere. So cosy, there is a roaring fire in the middle and large windows from which you can watch the snow fall outside. The dining room downstairs neighbours the cheese cellar where all of their cheese ages, and there are windows on to it. The menu has lots of Alpine favourites, I opted for the raclette. Raclette cheese melted between two hot plates and into which you can dip bread, potatoes, charcuterie, before cleansing your palate with salad and pickles. Five star.
L’Alpage is the best place to buy cheese and other goodies to fill your suitcase with, or to eat while in town if you have a chalet. They sell 7 of their own homemade cheeses and lots of others, all local and well sourced. You can also do free cheese tours. These are only in French, but you can still take a look even if you don’t speak any.
Bec Jaune Brewery
Londoners will know the Kernel brewery. Chrigl Luthy brewed there before heading to Morzine to set up the Bec Jaune Brewery with Matthew Stone. Beers are all fresh and brewed weekly. There are usually 3-4 beers on tap, always an IPA and dark beer, then a noble beer or porter or stout. You can buy growlers for home also. The food is perfect for those looking for an alternative to the cheese. On my visit there was an excellent scotch egg with a runny yolk, fried chicken, daily ramen (duck on my visit, great flavours, although a bit thicker and less soupy than most ramens I have had). Everything is home made in house.
La Chamade draws inspiration and ingredients from the surrounding Haute-Savoie. The cooking here is good and the food veers between traditional and innovative, there is something for most here. There is an a la carte menu, but more exciting is the chefs table where a dedicated tasting menu is served to a limited number of diners. We had an exciting menu of wood, trees and spice, the highlight of which was an egg yolk with parmesan cream with smoked ham and chives and beetroot aioli, and crayfish with ash smoked potato and pancetta. There was also a lovely simple course of local trout and cheese cooked on slate (like La Pierrade, see below), common all around the Alps, here the slate is from the local mine, still in operation. The meal finished with a cheese course in the cheese and wine bar downstairs where over 80 cheeses are on offer. There is live music here on occasion also.
Le Coup de Cœur
A wine bar owned by and across the road from La Chamade with food from the same kitchen. There is an extensive wine list, rum list and whisky list and it is a great spot for lunch out on the terrace sitting on a sheepskin with a blanket on top. I had a lovely squash soup with a bright salad and cheese and ham toasts. Just what you want after a morning on the slopes.
Restaurant La Grange
Cosy and gorgeous, La Grange offers a diverse range of Alpine fare. I opted to try La Pierrade, cooking on a heated stone at your table. I had chicken, beef and bacon, all very good quality. Along side were potatoes, mushrooms, onions, a lovely salad and some sauces. Ask for the local wines when you are there, they have some interesting ones.
La Chaudanne Wine Bar
La Chaudanne is a well known and highly rated restaurant which I didn’t have time to visit (although it does look worth it, had I time). I popped into the wine bar downstairs and enjoyed some local wines by the glass. There is a selection of boards on offer also, the Sea (with seafood), the Mixte (with cured meat and cheese), Foie Gras (with homemade foie gras, and some foie gras dishes), Sweet (with a selection of desserts) and the Savoyarde, which I chose, with small potato and cheese waffles, mozzarella and tomato pannacotta, pan-fried cheese and fresh goat cheese. Very enjoyable and perfect for a chilled nibble and some wine.
This post is brought to you in collaboration 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.