A short break in Jersey provides the opportunity to relax, revitalise and reconnect. A big part of this should definitely be feeding your appetite. Jersey is famous, rightly so, for its Jersey Royal potatoes, Jersey Cream and fresh seafood. But there’s much more to the largest of the Channel Islands. Discover a true foodie paradise and some hidden gems with our top tips on how to eat like a local in Jersey.
For Oysters: Ormer
Michelin starred chef Shaun Rankin’s restaurant in the heart of St Helier is the place for Oysters in Jersey, especially during Oysterfest. With a special Oyster tapas menu available during the festival as well as tasting cards with specially selected wines, Ormer should be your first port of call if you’re a fan of this renowed delicacy. If you miss Oysterfest, head to Ormer for their Al Fresco Fridays where you can pre-book a table on the sun terrace with craft beer, prosecco or champagne accompanied by chilled out beats from the resident DJ.
For Crab Sandwiches: The Hungry Man
Located on the harbourside in Rozel with views across to France, The Hungry Man has been serving hearty food from its kiosk since 1947. It’s on the north side of the island so maybe cycle over there from St Helier and have one of their amazing crab sandwiches for lunch. If you’re feeling particularly hungry maybe try one of their enormous burgers, The Double Decker Health Wrecker!
For Seafood: Jersey Crab Shack
With two locations at either end of the island, St Brelade’s and Gorey, there’s no excuse for not popping into Jersey Crab Shack to sample some of their delicious seafood. If, like me, you’re a fan of “fruits de mer” then you’ll be in absolute heaven. Jersey Chancre crab linguine, Indonesian seafood curry, steamed mussels, pan-fried scallops, crab taco and various fish and shellfish boards – hard to pick just one!
For Tea by the Sea: Driftwood Beach Café
Further up the coast from Gorey, in the shadow of the Archirondel Martello tower and overlooking the shingle beach, The Driftwood Café serves breakfasts, sandwiches, snacks and hot meals with one of the best views in Jersey. If you get there early you may witness one of the most stunning sunrises you’ll ever see.
For Posh Drinks: Project 52
Although opened as a private members lounge for members of the local business community, Project 52 also has a public bar on the ground floor. Treat yourself to a classy cocktail or a hip gin and tonic or maybe even a rum tasting session. Project 52 does everything so right it’s painful!
For Italian Food: La Cantina Restaurant
Run by the Calvani family since 1992, La Cantina is Jersey’s only genuinely authentic Italian restaurant. The head chef is Trevor Howard who moved to La Cantina from Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant in London. La Cantina is also the only restaurant member of Genuine Jersey and pride themselves on producing fresh ingredients using local produce.
Are you planning to take a short break in Jersey? Maybe you’ve already been? Send us your top foodie tips in the comments section below…