For an island of just 45 square miles, Jersey packs a lot in. Expect beautiful beaches, idyllic scenery, a fascinating history and, most importantly for the gastronomically inclined, a vibrant food scene. And did we mention it’s the home of Superman actor Henry Cavill? We digress. Thanks to waves of French occupation, the island’s cuisine owes more to Paris than Pontypridd, with fresh fish, wonderful cheese and, of course, Jersey Royal potatoes all on the menu. But there’s more to local cuisine than a winning way with spuds. From festivals to foraging, Michelin-starred restaurants and stunning seaside supper spots, Jersey is guaranteed to leave you hungry for more…
Sample Potatoes Grown With Seaweed…
You can’t go to Jersey without tucking into at least one plateful of Jersey Royal new potatoes. Grown on the island for more than a century, the Jersey Royal is famous for its salty flavour – produced by using seaweed as fertiliser. Not content with growing the potatoes, the islanders also use them to create a variety of potato-based booze, including vodka and gin. The gin, in particular, is well worth a try. Team your gin with some of the local seafood, which includes oysters, clams, crab, lobster and scallops. Round off your culinary tour with some of the fabulously rich ice cream produced using the milk of the island’s world-famous (and very cute) breed of cow. To wash it all down, there’s local cider and ale galore as well as wine from the La Mare Estate vineyard.
Tuck in For Less At Tennerfest
One of the biggest events on the UK’s gastronomic calendar, Jersey’s Tennerfest brings together the island’s 170 restaurants to offer a huge variety of menus from just £10 a head, including some of that famous local produce. The festival takes place from 1st October to mid-November – after the summer crowds have left but before the first winter storms blow in off the Channel.
Catch Your Own (And Eat It)
If you can’t make it to Tennerfest, the island has a menu of other events to tempt those with a taste for tucking in, among them the Fish Festival in July and the Jersey Food Festival in May. The rest of the year, you can expect regular farmers’ markets and covered markets in St Helier, all of which offer a chance to sample fresh produce direct from the source. Those who want to get really hands-on can try a spot of deep sea fishing (yes, you do get to keep your catch), oyster bed tours or even a spot of foraging.
Supper With A View
Jersey has no fewer than 41 seafront supper spots or one for every square mile. There are clifftop cafés and simple kiosks, serving everything from cream teas and ice cream to fresh crab sandwiches and burgers. Try the wonderful Plemont Beach Café or Mad Mary’s at Bouley Bay, which is famous for hot chocolate and cakes. Also well worth a try is The Hungry Man, a local institution sheltered by the sea wall at Rozel Harbour.
Max Out At a Michelin-Starred Restaurant…
Jersey isn’t the first place you’d think to look for Michelin-starred dining but you’d be wrong. In Tassili at the Grand Jersey Hotel on St Helier’s Esplanade; Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel at St Brelade; and Bohemia Bar & Restaurant at The Club Hotel & Spa in St Helier, Jersey has no fewer than three. If that’s not enough, the island has another 17 foodie havens boasting AA rosettes.
FlyJersey.com has two night breaks at The Club Hotel and Spa available from £299 per person, based on travel between 1st and 31st October. The price includes return flights from London Gatwick with airport parking, car hire, and accommodation on bed and breakfast basis. Departures are also available from a choice of over 24 UK airports, most with airport parking included. Visit flyjersey.com or call 0845 230 3240.