So last weekend we were lucky enough to spend a few days and nights in the beautiful channel island; Jersey. We were invited by the Jersey Tourism Board to experience this quaint island in the winter time and it certainly did not disappoint.
In case you don’t know much about this island we thought we’d start with the basics; Jersey is about 100 miles south of mainland Britain and 14 miles from France. This small island is nine miles by five miles so you’re never more than ten minutes from the ocean, which is perfect for sun, sea and sand chasers like ourselves!
It’s the most southernly of the Channel Islands and therefore benefits from soaking up most of the sunshine; it has warm summers and in the winter it rarely goes below freezing.
We took the plane from East Midlands Airport and the flight was around an hour, so it’s super easy to get to. Other UK airports that fly to Jersey include; London City, Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Leeds, Southampton, Newcastle and Manchester.
If flying isn’t your thing, you can also access Jersey by sea via Poole and Portsmouth… although this does take a few hours longer.
Once we arrived on this pretty little island we started to explore, there are lots of beautiful sights and coasts to discover so we started with the North of the island. Grosnez Castle is a 14th-century castle in Saint Ouen, well, what’s left of it!
The thing that first struck us from being upon the cliffs edge was how breathtaking the landscape is and how emerald green the sea is. Whilst it may have been windy, when the sun peaked her smily face from behind the clouds it felt as though you may have been somewhere a lot more exotic (but for a fraction of the price!).
We carried on along the coast, regularly stopping to explore various sights such as; Greve de Lecq Bay, where there is a lovely beachside cafe you can warm up in, and Devil’s Hole, a giant natural crater in the cliff with a pretty walk down to it.
We arrived on the island mid-afternoon so by this point it was close to sun set, we hopped in the car and took a short drive (to the other side of the island!) to La Corbière, the lighthouse in St. Brelade.
It was a great way to end our exploring for the day, we stood for a few hours watching the sun burn gold, to orange, through to pink and purple, before disappearing behind the turquoise ocean.
That evening we were treated to a wonderful meal at Cow & Lobster by award winning TV chef Mark Jordan, serving local Jersey lobster, Jersey oysters & beef… Literally our perfect combination of food.
We started with a couple of yummy gin cocktails from the ambient cocktail & gin bar before being shown to our table.
To start we shared six Jersey oysters and melt in the mouth beef carpaccio with horseradish cream, caper berries & truffle oil.
The Jersey oysters were honestly some of the best we’ve ever tasted!
We squeezed as much fresh lemon on to them as we could and topped with shallot & dill vinegar… YUM!
For mains we opted for Lobster Thermidor with Parmesan, Tomato & Hollandaise Sauce (for her) and West Country dry aged fillet steak with thyme and garlic butter (for him).
And we couldn’t help ourselves, we had to order a side of Mac & Cheese to share, which was delicious.
The meal was all washed down with a bottle of crisp white wine to compliment the seafood, it was the perfect meal and the perfect end to the day.
We would highly recommend this restaurant if you are look for a fun evening filled with fabulous local food and complimentary cocktails!
The following morning we awoke to the sound of the sea at our hotel; L’Horizon, a beachside hotel in St. Brelade.
After a delicious buffet style breakfast we head out to see what other surprises this island had in store for us.
First up on our list was Mont Orgueil Castle which overlooks the harbour of Gorey. The castle is over 600 years old, inside you get the chance to explore the network of staircases and secret rooms, when you get to the very top there are also some breathtaking views to behold.
We loved Gorey, it was a very charming town complete with the cutest bakery; The Works. We stopped by for a coffee, cake and a warm up. The smell of fresh bread and baked cakes wafted around the small cafe and the friendly staff were on hand to offer island tips and tricks.
In the afternoon we explored more of the east coast, stopping at various beautiful beaches to soak in the fresh sea breeze and staring in amazement at the Jersey potato farms.
Jersey Royals have been grown on Jersey for 140 years and these delicious earthy spuds are grown on approximately 16,500 vergees across around 7,300 acres… it’s crazy to see, they look so cosy covered by their blankets to stop any frost from catching them this time of year.
We then head back to L’Horizon for a spot of afternoon tea and a dip in the spa pool before heading out that evening for dinner at The Salty Dog Bistro. Set in the picturesque harbour of St. Aubin, this chilled out restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy truly delicious food that prides itself on freshness, flavour and spice.
We had a wonderful meal and would definitely recommend this hot spot if you visit the island.
Sadly the next morning we were due to leave Jersey, we honestly could have stayed for longer. In our opinion, Jersey is the perfect island break at winter time. It might be a little chilly and a tad windy but as long as you wrap up warm you can guarantee to leave the island feeling refreshed and rebalanced by the fresh sea air and relaxed charm of the isle.