Disclaimer: In support of my trip to Jersey, some expenses were kindly covered by the tourist board, Visit Jersey. As always, all words and opinions are of course my own.
48 hours is all it takes to fall in love with Jersey. In fact, I think I knew right away. The largest of the channel islands, sitting between England and France, has an awful lot going for it. Impressive actually, how much can be packed into an island just 9 by 5 miles and yet still feel slightly off the grid. Jersey will spoil you with good food, breathtaking coastal views (many, in fact) and friendly faces. Just an hour direct flight from Bristol, it’s an easier reach than I thought. Quiet in Winter but no less beautiful, the perfect time for a getaway to escape city life for a weekend.
What to see, do and eat in Jersey coming right up…
St Brelade’s Bay Hotel
With cosy rooms and seaside vibes, St Brelade’s is the perfect base for a stay. Step onto St Brelade’s Bay, one of Jersey’s many beautiful beaches, right from the entrance door.
EAT & DRINK
Locke’s Coffee & Grub
What began as a coffee cart, is now a bustling brunch and coffee shop in a former National Trust building (much of the detail from an old, beautiful apothecary still remains). The menu is inspired by the Melbourne brunch scene, influenced by their travels before opening and cool enough to rival any of London’s hippest brunch spots. Busy with locals, a firm favourite to add to your list.
5 Pitt Street, Charing Cross, St Helier
The Hungry Man
A popular beach cafe, sitting on the harbour at Rozel Bay. Renowned for their burgers and bacon sandwiches.
La Brecque du Nord, Rozel
Seafood always tastes better by the sea and it doesn’t get any fresher than this. Faulkner’s is a unique set up, catching and storing the fish in a converted World War II bunker. In summer, enjoy the local catch prepared on their BBQ!
La Vivier, La Grande Route Des Mielles, St. Ouen
Number 10 Restaurant
Creative, thoughtful, small plates of modern British food served in a relaxed setting. A menu led by the seasons and quality produce with flavour at the forefront of every dish. Make sure to end the meal with their hay baked custard with seasonal fruit.
10 Bond Street, St Helier
A Michelin star restaurant with an impressive number of other accolades under their belt and for good reason too. Executive chef Steve Smith presents imaginative food with incredible attention to detail. Fine dining at its best.
Green Street, Saint Helier
Serving speciality coffee through Monday to Friday from two locations in St Helier. Coffee by Allpress, with a small breakfast and lunch offering too.
Unit 2, Conway House, 7-9 Conway Street & 4 Eagle House, 31 La Colomberie, St. Helier
La Corbière Lighthouse
An iconic landmark on the very south western point of the island, reachable via the causeway at low tide. Stay alert for the sounding alarm warning it’s time to return.
St Helier Central Market
A Victorian market hall with a number of specialist food shops and a good place to find produce Jersey is well known for; the dairy, potatoes and even Jersey black butter!
Walk the walls of this 13th century castle, overlooking the picturesque fishing port of Gorey. Rich in history, as the castle protected Jersey from French invasions for 600 years.
Jersey is not short of beautiful beaches and long stretching, peaceful coastlines. Of all the ones I visited I found this to be the most impressive. Weave in and out of the caves at low tide, where you can admire the beach behind the veil of a natural waterfall.
For more information on Jersey head to the Visit Jersey website and you won’t be short of ideas for your island break.