Fine Food & Drink in JerseyTo give you a few ideas about where to go while you're on your break in Jersey, we've put together a quick list of some of the best restaurants and pubs in Jersey - We hope it helps!
Let's start with restaurants. There are quite a few in Jersey that have either a Michelin star or a few AA Rosettes, so we'll focus on those.
First up is the Ocean Restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel in St Brelade. Perched on the coast, the venue makes the most of its location by reflecting the seaside setting in its decor. Blue, white and beige are the predominant colours, and they make the space look very modern, yet classic at the same time.
Of course, it's the food that really matters and, since this restaurant has four AA Rosettes and a Michelin star, you can expect it to be seriously good. There's a seasonal a la carte menu, as well as a set menu that changes each day. Plus, vegetarians will be pleased to hear there are plenty of meat-free dishes too.
Next up is Tassili at The Grand Jersey, which is in St Helier. With a Michelin star and three AA Rosettes, this is another venue that promises food to die for. Here, you can expect modern British cuisine, with influences from Jersey.
Open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and for lunch on Thursday and Friday, Tassili has separate lunch and cheese menus, as well as a couple of quirkier menus too. For instance, you can get the nine-course 'Chef's Surprise Menu' for the ultimate culinary indulgence.
It's the desserts that really caught my eye, though. Each is themed around a fruit or nut, but there's so much more to them. 'Blackberry', for example, is a brownie with white chocolate 'snow', black raspberry jelly and a vanilla cassonade.
As a tip, this restaurant has a great intimate atmosphere, so it's a good choice if you're looking for a venue for romantic meals.
Pubs in Jersey not to miss
High-end restaurants are great and all, but traditional pubs will always have a special place in my heart. Jersey is home to some real gems, like the Victoria in the Valley.
You'll find this bang in the centre of the island, nestled in St Peter's Valley. It's a great place for tasting the best local fare and has lots of British classics on the menu. Among the dishes that caught my eye are the brilliant range of lunchtime sandwiches, the starter of homemade chicken and bacon terrine, and the genuine Jersey classic herd chargrilled double burger - yum!
The Victoria in the Valley actually won the Best Loved Pub & Restaurant in Jersey accolade at the Best of Jersey Awards in 2011, and has nabbed a stack of others in recent years, too. So, it's well worth a visit.
Another brilliant place to grab a bite to eat and a refreshing pint is St Mary's Country Inn in St Mary's Village. Combining a traditional, welcoming pub atmosphere with a contemporary restaurant, it offers a great dining experience, plus, it's also got a lovely outdoor area that you can even enjoy if you're visiting in winter, thanks to the fire pit that keeps it warm!