A bracing country walk that ends in a country pub is always a good idea. Particularly in autumn or winter. So in the season where all you want to do is hibernate, find a roaring log fire, a pint of ale and some hearty comfort food, we’ve selected five of our favourite Jersey country pub hideaways – which will you choose during your Jersey holiday?
An historic local.
After walking along the winding coastal path to Devil’s Hole… and back up, you’ll be ready for a drink. Thankfully, the historic Priory Inn – one of Jersey’s oldest pubs – is at the top of the path. Head inside in the winter for a cosy log fire and a menu of comfort food classics including ribs and a rather good fish & chips. Also on the menu – real ale, beers and lagers.
The best pubs always have colourful heritage. Dating back to the times when pirates used to venture into St Brelade’s Bay for a pint or two of ale, The Old Smugglers Inn is only a short stagger away from the sand at Ouaisne. It still serves a good selection of real ales, but these days with fewer pirates and more daily specials on the menu.
A harbourside country pub.
A high standard of home-cooked food at the Rozel Pub in St Martin – right at the heart of this pretty fishing harbour. Explore the coastal cliffpaths and work up an appetite for their excellent seafood and gourmet modern British classics. It’s been recommended by the Michelin Guide and is set to make an appearance in the AA Good Pub Guide for 2017.
Oozing countryside charm.
Log fire? Tick. Excellent modern British pub cuisine? Tick. St Mary’s Country Inn is a real village pub with a vintage feel that scores highly for a winter hideaway – look out for a good selection of ales and wines and a tempting menu of comfort food classics and grills.
More places to get cosy in the country.
The Royal is situated in the heart of St. Martin’s Village and is frequented by locals and holidaymakers. Everyone receives a warm welcome; as the saying goes ‘you enter as a stranger, but only once’. In its heyday as a coaching inn, The Royal was a lot smaller than it is today; it now has a large lounge and diner with spacious outside dining area.
Dating back to the 17th century, and affectionately known to the locals as ‘The Northern Office’. Les Fontaines is a fine traditional pub catering for all the family. Original granite features and oak beams contrast with the modern mezzanine gallery with its vaulted wooden ceiling.
Traditional yet wacky, the Sir George Carteret is a place to gather your friends for a good old catch up or celebration. The lively mix and match of colours and designs flow through the spacious interior – or head outside to our sun drenched patio at the rear of the building to enjoy your favourite tipples and meals.
Enjoy reassuring country pub classics, seafood and steaks from the Plancha grill and fantastic Sunday roasts paired with our selection of award-winning beers. With the addition of outside booths you can now enjoy long chilled evenings in the garden. For those colder nights, take a seat around the built in fire pit.