The Jekyll has been a landmark bar and restaurant for as long as anyone can remember. An atmospheric and friendly Irish pub with a great menu, live music and a wide-screen plasma TV for sports.
Close to the main bus stop in Chamonix Sud, The Jekyll occupies what must be one of the oldest buildings in town. Thick stone walls and wood panelling inside make for an intimate, even romantic, atmosphere, which is reinforced by candles on the tables and hurricane lamps over the bar. It manages to combine rustic pub with a funky cosmopolitan bar feel and is a really pleasurable place to be. Given that it also offers high quality food and often has bands or DJs from 10.30pm onwards it is one the few Chamonix nightspots that has your whole evening covered.
From 7pm to 11.00pm, Tuesdays to Sundays, you can choose from a simple and elegant menu whose main influences are English and Swedish with a bit of Irish. Main courses include the infamous Lambshank, a fantastic seafood chowder and Roasted Mediterranean Veg Parcel for the herbivores.
On our visit the starters included a big bowl of carrot and ginger soup. We have a friend who says that soup is a bad way to spoil a perfectly good appetite, but when it’s as fresh and well made as this I have to disagree. The desserts at The Jekyll are very very good. The homemade brownie and ice cream, which is served in a simple, sturdy white bowl and gives off rich cocoa fumes, is an all-round pleasure for the eyes, nose, and tastebuds. I had lemon and wild berry surprise. It comes in a tall glass so you have to delve past a thick layer of berries to get to a zingy citrus (what I took to be, although this may be the suprise element!) parfait.
Expect to pay around 30€ a head for three courses without wine. The pub opens at 4pm in winter, 6pm in summer, and you can indulge in apres-ski wedges and wings to keep the wolf from the door. There is also a snug downstairs that can be reserved for private parties.
Location: Chamonix - Centre
Cuisine: Asian / Fusion | French - Modern | Gastro-pub | Sandwiches / Snacks
Venue Style: Bar | Live Music | Pub | Winebar
Access: Private hire
Entertainment: Live music | Satellite TV
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: 71 Route des Pelerins | Chamonix - Centre | 74400