Just a half hour flight away from London, Jersey is a blissfully easy place to escape to when you need a break from relentless city life. Geographically, Jersey is closer to France, and though technically the island is not part of Great Britain it falls within the monarch of the UK’s power. English is the primary language spoken on the island, and the British pound is used as the currency, and yet a French influence is noticeable in other aspects of island life on Jersey. With both English and French heritage myself, I enjoyed exploring this unique place. The coastal views are particularly beautiful and for food lovers there is a thriving food and coffee scene to discover… don’t leave without tasting the famous Jersey Royal potatoes and the deliciously rich and creamy Jersey milk.
St Brelade’s Bay Hotel – This beachside property provides the perfect weekend accommodation. The hotel has 74 spacious and comfortable bedrooms, that overlook the Atlantic Ocean and hotel gardens. Chef Franz Hacker prepares hearty recipes inspired by local seafood.
Ormer – This stylish Michelin starred eatery is found in the centre of St Helier. Originally founded by chef Shaun Rankin, the kitchen is now in the safe hands of Head Chef Lee Smith. The dishes feature classic flavour combinations presented in a modern way. Visit at lunchtime when a reasonable £22 set menu is on offer.
El Tico Beach Cantina – After a long walk on St Ouen’s beach (an epic 5 mile stretch of sand) head to El Tico’s for a hearty weekend brunch or lunch. The comprehensive menu has a full range of cuisines, we opted for the classic fish and chips and a decadent warm chocolate brownie (with Jersey vanilla ice-cream) for dessert.
Bohemia Bar and Restaurant – Bohemia has long been thought of as the Island’s top restaurant. This fine dining establishment is the proud recipient of a Michelin star and 5 AA Rosettes. At lunchtime the restaurant is quiet but for a special occasion I recommend visiting for dinner and choosing a tasting menu which showcases the best Channel Island produce.
The Hungry Man – This little hut on the harbour edge in Rozel Bay is an institution and usually has a queue of hungry locals, waiting for their bacon sandwich. Visit the Hungry Man after a long coastal walk for the ultimate reward.
Dandy – Founded in 2013 as the first speciality coffee shop in Jersey, the Dandy team have just opened a second, larger branch also in St Helier. The cute cafes are beautifully designed and serve Allpress coffee. The cafes are open Monday – Friday, so make sure you get your fix during the week.
Shuga – Shuga arrived on the Jersey speciality coffee scene in January 2018, promising something new and exciting. The team of experienced baristas are meticulous about presenting you with a cup of perfectly-made coffee, using all the latest gadgets and methods to bring out the subtleties of flavour in the Origin Roastery beans. Coffee connoisseurs should make this their first stop on Jersey.
Locke’s Coffee Cart – Drew and Ella Locke travelled the world tasting coffee, before settling in Jersey with their coffee cart. They use beans from Extract Coffee Roasters in Bristols and Jersey milk from the independent dairy, Classic Herd. Watch this space as a permanent cafe (inspired by Australia’s coffee and brunch scene) is coming to the island in Spring 2018.
Bean around the World – Over the last 21 years, Bean around the World has become a cult favourite with locals. The cafe roast their own beans and offer a range of delectable baked goods (many of which are suitable for vegan and gluten intolerent customers). Though the interiors are now quite dated, the coffee has a delicious sweet and rich flavour.
To See & Do
Grosnez Castle – This medieval castle ruin is found on the north-west tip of Jersey. The cliff edge location is spectacular, and on a clear day you can even see the other Channel Islands.
Greenhouse Spa & Fitness – If you’ve come to the island for a relaxing break you’ll enjoy the Greenhouse Spa. Set in the grounds of the impressive Chateau Vermont this indulgent sanctuary offers wonderful treatments with all-natural products made by Elemental Herbology. The centre also has a swimming pool and gym, and runs wellness workshops. If you can’t decide on just one treatment, pick a few from the ‘tapas menu’ of 30 minute sessions.
St Helier Central Market – Jersey’s central market has been supplying locals with a wide range of fresh produce for hundreds of years. The current Victorian Market hall has been open since 1882, go for a wander and spot some of the island’s most well-known ingredients.
La Corbière Lighthouse – La Corbière was the world’s first concrete lighthouse, built on the south-western tip in 1873. When the tide is low you can walk through the striking rock banks to see the historic landmark up close.
Mont Orgueil – Overlooking the picturesque Gorey Village, this 13th century castle is in remarkably good condition. Start your tour by watching the informative video before entering the castle walls and exploring this magical site.
Thoroughly Modern Milly was a guest of Visit Jersey.
More information on things to do on the island here.