The Big Four in Three Days

A guide to eating your way through the most beautiful food in Jersey, the Channel Islands.

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Instagrammer Bei Na Wei visited Jersey in July 2019, she enjoyed a 3-day foodie focused trip to #theislandbreak and here is what she discovered … 

My perfect holidays combine beautiful locations with delicious food, and Jersey has plenty to offer in both of these departments. Over three incredible days, we drove around the nine by five-mile island hunting down the best locations to feed the eyes, the soul and the belly, and it certainly did not disappoint.

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1. Brunch at La Bouche

We started our trip exploring the streets and markets of St. Helier, stumbling across a hidden gem called ‘La Bouche’ located in the Central and Beresford Market. Melanie’s restaurant infuses eclectic diner interiors with a French brasserie vibe. Serving a locally sourced seasonal menu, each plate was sublimely presented as a visual and gastronomical feast. We loved every bite and would recommend washing everything down with a cup of their homemade cherryade!

La Bouche

2. Oyster Tour

Next up, it was time to experience my first ever oyster on an oyster farm tour. This was arranged through Seymour Oysters. Taking advantage of the low afternoon tides, we were kitted with wellies to wade through the shallow waters and taken a mile offshore. Standing amongst 15 million oysters, we learned fascinating details of the farming process and experienced our first ever oyster. Shucked for us by John Le Seelleur, oyster farmer and 17th generation Jersey farmer, it’s safe to say that Jersey’s food is as fresh as the sea air or like eating a small amount of pure ocean. It was an incredibly unique experience and I could not recommend a tour with Seymours more highly.

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3. Dinner at Tassili’s at The Grand Jersey Hotel

With a seven-course tasting menu highlighting the best produce that Jersey has to offer, Tassilli’s at the Grand Jersey Hotel was an absolute treat. We indulged in a carefully curated menu that covered the full gamut of Jersey produce including crab, scallops, oysters and lobster, finishing with an impressive artisan cheese trolley and a light dessert of strawberries picked directly from the hotel garden. All enjoyed harbourside, the restaurant was the perfect place to unwind and indulge in an evening of fine dining.

Dine at Tassili’s

4. Breakfast at Locke’s Café

A St. Helier’s hotspot, Locke’s Café instantly transports you the vibrant café scenes of Melbourne’s suburbs in its laidback, yet masterful approach to coffee, food and interiors. We dropped in twice for coffee and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast of pancakes and green bean hummus on toast complemented with perfectly poured smooth flat whites. 

Grab a coffee

5. Dinner at Sumas Restaurant

A sublime combination of sea views and tasty food, dinner at Sumas Restaurant was a highlight of our trip. Sitting on the terrace, watching the sun go down, we enjoyed poached oysters, grilled scallops, Jersey Royal potatoes and fresh lobster. Finishing with Elderflower panna cotta and chocolate fudge brownie served with ice cream, we loved devouring all of the famous Jersey Four in one sitting. The team were generously welcoming and made our evening magical. Make sure you try the Sumas gin, made in house – we just wish it came in a carry-on friendly size to take home!

Sumas Restaurant

6. Breakfast at Dandy’s Coffee

With a full final day of exploring ahead of us, we stopped for a quick coffee and breakfast at Dandy’s in St. Helier’s. Tucked away along a pedestrian street, Dandy’s may be tiny, but packs a punch in smooth coffees and a stellar banana and peanut butter toast offering. 

Dandy

7. Plemont Bay

If you only make it to one beach in Jersey, make it Plemont Bay. Timing our visit with low tide, we loved walking along the sandy beach, watching the waves roll in and exploring the caves dotted along the shore. Clearly a local favourite, we were lucky enough to walk past an artistic wedding proposal drawn into the sand (she said yes in case you were wondering)! Hungry after our walk, we climbed the steps back up to the Plemont Beach Café to enjoy burgers and chips perched in the cliff top café while watching the tide come in. 

Plemont Bay Beach Café

8. Jersey Royals

During our time on the island, we enjoyed discovering the fresh produce that Jersey has to offer and the landscapes that sustain the island’s people. We explored the seashore that supplies Jersey’s incredible lobsters, oysters and scallops, local restaurants, and scenic spots – including the most photographed Jersey Royal potato field! We even picked up a bag of Jersey Royals at one of the local farm stalls to take a taste of Jersey home with us. 

Pick up a bag

Full of incredible food and vibrant experiences, we happily made our way to the airport for an evening flight back to London. We found Jersey to be an incredibly easy getaway that offered delicious food, beautiful landscapes and friendly locals. If you also love seafood and chasing down Instagram friendly locations, Jersey will tick all your boxes!  

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