Jersey food culture
An island famous for its food
As a small island famous for its food, Jersey’s bursting with flavour. What’s more authentic than shopping at a farm where local produce was grown or reared? Whether you’re planning a Jersey picnic, or just want to taste some of the island’s produce, don't miss these top foodie experiences to discover around the island. Take time to savour the authentic taste of Jersey.
Venture in to St. Helier's centre
Explore the lively heart of Jersey with our guide to the island's gastonomic offerings in the south.
The Fresh Fish Company is situated in the heart of the island’s commercial fishing fleet on the Victoria Pier of St. Helier Harbour. Fresh spider crabs in the summer months - are in a league of their own. Grab a crab sandwich or lobster claws to eat with a sea view or select the freshest of fish to grill on your beach BBQ. Don’t forget to pick up seasonal herbs and salad, supplied direct from local farmers, along with some ‘Jersey Sea Salt’ - you’ll enjoy an authentic taste of Jersey.
Jersey's Central and Beresford Markets are an integral part of Jersey’s heritage and a source of pride for many islanders. The local markets have served the community for over 200 years. Both markets are lively, full of colours and smells and home to a wide range of local produce with crafts, goods and services, from bakers to butchers, cafes and restaurants, florists and fish mongers. Check out the regular ‘pop-up’ market events when local arts, crafts and street food vendors showcase their small businesses - all for a charitable cause.
Enjoy a gentle guided walk through St. Helier and discover Jersey's food heritage on 'From Royals to Wonders' with Rex Barker. From traditional dishes, bean crock and conger soup, through to the development of the famous Jersey Cow and the Jersey Royal Potatoes. You'll explore the Victorian Central and Fish Markets and taste local produce, from oysters, black butter, to cheese and more.
Don Street Delicatessen, designed by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin, combines both luxury deli retail and fresh, exceptional food for both breakfast and lunch. It is a haven for foodies - products have been carefully sourced from artisan producers, smallholders and local farmers. Foodies can also enjoy the ‘supper’ service, where homemade dishes, such as ‘Shaun Rankin’s Fillet of Scotch Beef Wellington with Red Wine Sauce’, can be ordered and taken home - perfect if you're self-catering and fancy a night in.
Our west side story
This is an island where Jersey Royals can go from field to fork in hardly more than a day, where the tide brings an abundance of fresh shellfish, crabs and lobsters close to the island’s shores, and where you can forage for wild sea herbs along the coast. Discover Jersey's west side story.
St. Ouen is home to a real variety of hedge veg roadside stalls, but a favourite has to be the Le Feuvre Farm roadside stop with a sea view. In Jersey one of the largest tides in the world nourishes the land with rich marine minerals. It’s why our Jersey Royals have a unique flavour so don't miss trying them in the only place they're grown. With the slipway of La Saline just a few hundred metres away, you’ll find bags of just-dug Jersey Royals in season, freshly grown vegetables and bunches of flowers. Leave your money in the honesty box. Head west along St. Ouen’s Bay to L’Etacq and follow the signs to La Saline. Chemin de la Brecquette is the narrow lane leading to the sea.
Faulkner Fisheries is an independent and family owned merchant. The ‘Vivier’ is nestled inside an old WW2 German bunker at L’Etacq in St. Ouen. They store and sell live local fish and shellfish including lobsters, crabs, spider crabs, oysters and much more. The Vivier is the home of the famous seafood BBQ that runs through the warmer months of the year.
A trailer farm stall ‘by the pigs’, full of local meat, amazing ribs, locally-produced beef burgers, pork and sausages from Jon Hackett’s rare breed saddleback pigs are not to be missed. Many of the sausages are flavoured with local ingredients like Jersey Lavender and local delicacy Black Butter. If you’re lucky you might meet Farmer John himself! We'll let you in to a secret - our favourites are the pork pies!
Come and get lost in the wilds of St. Ouen on a coastal forage! Embrace the fresh Jersey atmosphere with Kazz Padidar who lives and breathes the landscape to the full all year round. Explore Jersey's submerged coastal landscapes and discover the variety of wild edible and medicinal plants our unique environment has to offer.
The natural landscape of the north
Discover the stunning natural landscape of Jersey’s north coast! Explore the golden orchards of La Mare Wine Estate and chat to the local farmers in their friendly farm shops dotted around the island's lush countryside.
La Mare Wine Estate can be found in a quiet secluded corner in the north of the island where fields of vines and apple trees surround a traditional, 18th century, Jersey granite farmhouse. Explore the 20 acre working estate, well known for its wines and popular Jersey Apple Brandy Cream and taste some of the island's legacy recipes such as Black Butter preserve as well as its own contemporary produce from the distillery and production kitchens. Tours and tastings of the wines and handmade products are available daily and guests are invited to enjoy the gardens, vineyard walk, cooperage display and onsite restaurant offering delicious light lunches and cream teas.
Discover the Classic Herd Farm Shop in the heart of St Peter. Darren and Julia Quénault are the island’s only independent dairy farmers milking and making fresh dairy products on site at Manor Farm, from milk, butter and cream to yoghurt, cheese and ice cream as well as producing beef and pork. You will find a wide range of vegetables, bijou foodie souvenir gifts, artisan breads and eggs alongside a Tea Room to sample some of the products first hand.
Charles Gallichan is the fifth generation to hold the reigns at the family farm in Trinity, since his great-great-grandfather, also Charles, started out in 1887. While remaining a traditional Jersey farm, growing Jersey Royals, vegetables and flowers, Woodside Farm daffodils travel a long way, right across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States of America. The farm shop is a hidden gem to pick up fresh flowers, produce and great souvenirs to take home.
Venture out east
Take time to savour island life out east.
Fondly known as ‘Britain's Most Southernly Farm Shop', Holme Grown has come a long way from humble beginnings as a barrow on the road side. Today it emcompasses a green grocery, butchery, bakery, gardening, pottery, and cafe! Testament to the diversity, range and top quality ingredients on offer, it's no surprise that Holme Grown was voted as one of the top 50 "Best UK Foodie Destinations" by The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine.
Jersey Oyster Company is owned and run by Chris Le Masurier, a third generation Jersey oyster farmer. Cultivating oysters on the rise and the fall of the island's tides, the company is the largest oyster growing concern in the British Isles. Jersey Oyster Company farms some 35 hectares of the Royal Bay of Grouville, and exports over 700 tons of oysters a year with 80% being exported to France.
Join a local resident expert and discover the island's oyster beds on The Jersey Oyster Trail. Hear about the modern cultivation of shellfish in Jersey as well as the fascinating history of the oyster fishery, which in the 19th century was a major industry. This exciting shellfish exploration is followed by the opportunity to sample fresh Jersey Oysters at Seymour Inn. Expect to get your feet wet!
Wild turbot is hard to come by off the coasts of Jersey, so Dave Cowburn and his family have remedied this with their successful turbot farm, housed in the former German war tunnels at St. Catherine’s Bay. The old gun emplacement houses about 6,500 turbot at any one time in roomy tanks filled with fresh sea water, from tiny 50p-sized fish weighing five grams to four-year-old turbot weighing about two to three pounds!
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