Jersey is, well, Brit(ish) in practically every regard, but none more so than when we talk about the fabulous cuisine on the island. On the mainland we may enjoy the somewhat pedestrian, breakfast, lunch and dinner routine, however in Jersey you can literally fill your day with culinary experiences which will set your taste buds tingling and equally wonder why we only have 3 meals a day at home when eating and drinking can be some much more of an experience!
With the superb advice from our friends at Visit Jersey, here, we proudly offer you our advice for 8 (yes 8!) indulgences for your next low season visit to Jersey.
Work up a mighty morning appetite on the pulse-raising cliff trail from Bouley Bay to Rozel, then start your day right at the legendary café The Hungry Man, nestled in Rozel Harbour on the island’s north-east coast. Famed for its hearty soul food and warm welcome, hungry visitors can enjoy their island-famous bacon butties while watching the boats bob gently on the pier. Then walk off the calories in the fresh sea air on a cliff path trail that leads you to the ancient neolithic dolmen of La Couperon.
Follow your nose through St. Helier’s cobbled streets and bustling plazas, taking the time to potter through Victorian markets bursting with colourful island produce like freshly baked Jersey Wonders (known as Mervèlles in Jersey French!) and indulge your sweet-tooth with Jersey Black Butter and local fudge. Take a break from the bustle of Beresford Market with an elegant brunch over espressos at La Bouche, a trendy market restaurant with a menu of British classics with a twist.
Heading south west you’ll meander down a gentle descent as the iconic La Corbière Lighthouse rises from the horizon, flanked by rocks, battered by waves and reached by a causeway at low-tide. Take in the drama in quiet contemplation as you enjoy a Jersey ice cream from the friendly local kiosk. The rich, velvety goodness of Jersey dairy comes from our famous Jersey cows who make some of the richest, creamiest dairy milk in the world.
Spin through Jersey’s tranquil country lanes on a rented electric Evie bike, where life slows down to a gentle roll, and you’ll find farm side honesty boxes with earthy Jersey Royal Potatoes and plump strawberries. Just leave a couple of Jersey pound notes in the honesty box for the local farmer. If that’s whetted your appetite, drop by St. Mary’s Country Inn. The perfect pit-stop for a refreshing Liberation Ale and the Chef’s pie of the day with buttery mashed potatoes.
5. Afternoon Tea
You’d expect a British island famous for its dairy produce to serve up a mouth-watering and memorable afternoon tea, complete with buttery scones and lashings of local strawberry jam and cream. Jersey definitely doesn’t disappoint. From refined St. Helier hotels like Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa or The Club Hotel & Spa for an afternoon treat in the capital, to the leafy surrounds of Greenhills Country House Hotel.
Jersey may be a pint sized island but we’re big into our alehouses. From jazz-inspired bars like The Blue Note with live music to friendly seaside pubs like The Portelet Inn, there are many places to quench your thirst for the good stuff. When it’s beer o’ clock, stop in The Lamplighter in St. Helier to catch the rugby over craft ales and salty biltong. Or take a country walk through Jersey’s wooded green lanes to Trinity Arms for a locally brewed Liberation ale and Jersey fish pie.
Dinner time in Jersey is a culinary adventure. You’ll find award-winning restaurants plating up perfection with famous Chefs and even more famous local produce, served with a side menu of AA Rosette awarded eateries. If you’re craving traditional British fayre, pop into Seafish Café in St. Helier, for freshly battered cod and chips. Or tantalise your taste buds at the London-inspired Number 10 restaurant and bar in St. Helier for a foodie experience that elevates classic British dishes and Jersey produce.
After dark, experience Jersey’s drinking scene in one of St. Helier’s cocktail bars and speakeasy-style retreats like the Blind Pig, concealed behind Chambers in St. Helier. Try Project 52, where those in on the secret can buzz their way in. Unusual, unique and quirky, these bars are as varied as the cocktails on their menu, and whether you’re looking for innovative mixology or a unique gin haunt to discover, these hidden gems are worth finding. Just bring a taste for new experiences.
Jersey is closer to home and the perfect place to rebalance. Hop on a plane or ferry, and you could be enjoying a sundowner within hours.
With over 20 departure points from the UK and Ireland, getting to Jersey is easy. Fly here in around an hour, or jump aboard a ferry for an escape that blends familiar English environments with a dash of European flair to create a unique experience of rich countryside and breathtaking coastal views, sweeping beaches and hidden-away bays.
If you’re travelling from the UK passports are not required, all you need is a form of photo I.D. Please check with your airline or agent. On top of that there is no testing, isolation or travel forms for all arriving visitors.