Who new a few days in Jersey could be so inspiring? One of the UK’s up and coming foodie destinations, it is full of vibrant restaurants offering seasonal produce and plentiful local produce. Mix and match between the Michelin starred dining rooms and the keep-it-easy seaside shacks… Here’s scenes from a bouncing Easter trip…
We stayed at the wonderful, Art Deco inspired The Atlantic Hotel. Tinkling piano in the reception, windswept Atlantic views and cosy rooms make this a fantastic bolthole but factor in the Michelin-starred restaurant and it becomes a stellar place to stay.
Run by Executive Head Chef Mark Jordan, the cuisine is British with a twist and with an emphasis on fresh Jersey produce. I started with a tasting of duck miniatures, fig gel and toasted honey brioche – which was utterly sumptuous. While my main of thyme roasted fillet of local sea bass, wild mushroom jus and lobster risotto tasted as if it had just jumped out of the sea by some divine hand. Both courses were preceded and intervened with little amuse bouche and fantastical little mouthfuls that always make elevated dining such as this a joy.
Best of all was at the Maitre D’ who treats children and adults alike – making the little ones rise to the occasion when addressed as ‘Sir’.
For something a little more casual, a must-visit is Mark Jordan’s new sea-side venture, Mark Jordan at the Beach, a ten minute drive away in St Peter.
Getting out and about was the best bit, discovering little coves and bays with spectacular beaches… Here’s a photo book full of my memories…
A full review of The Atlantic Hotel will be online soon at bahighlife.com and my article on Jersey as a foodie destination can be read in April’s Kensington & Chelsea Magazine.