One of Chester’s most loved restaurants, Chez Jules is set to celebrate a 25-year anniversary in July. It sits alongside only a few other long established city centre restaurants and has been heralded as the ‘grande dame of the Chester dining scene’.
To celebrate #25Années, owner and founder Jason Ellison is asking for customers to share memories and photos of celebrations held at Chez Jules throughout the years.
Jason said: ‘We are so grateful to be able to put in a quarter of a century in Chester city centre. It’s been quite the journey, from our hands-on renovation transforming what was an old fire station and then law courts in the 1990s through to the current challenges the industry faces. We have customers who have celebrated their anniversaries with us each year for 25 years, or those who dine with their grandchildren now, in the same place they brought their children before them.
‘We have quite the memory bank ourselves and there are some amazing stories, but we’d love to hear any special stories from our ex-team, and our customers – so we’re asking if they can share them – so we can build a trove of memories to commemorate our silver anniversary.’
Chez Jules launched in 1997 with the purpose of recreating a neighbourhood French bistro in Chester. Owner Jason Ellison, while travelling through France, fell in love with the French way of creating a daily changing menu, handwritten, with dishes made from the fresh food available on the local market. Despite the massive advancements in food technology and innovation, the ethos behind Chez Jules still stands strong today, with every dish made fresh on site.
Jason explains: ‘Obviously restaurants have changed in the last quarter of a century, but we refuse to change what we are passionate about. So we still make every single dish from start to finish in-house, including pastry and stocks. We buy our food daily and when something runs out, we scratch it off the menu. We don’t use a freezer. We just don’t want to get into that way of cooking – its about fresh ingredients, quality and simple cooking that is value for money.’
For anyone who has memories or photographs of Chez Jules, the team would love to hear them. Please e-mail Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org or tag them in social media @chezjuleschester #25annees