Six reasons why Jersey is a foodie’s paradise
If you’re a fan of beaches, cliff walks and fresh seafood, then get yourself over to the idyllic nine-by-five-mile island of Jersey this autumn. A diverse destination offering experiences to suit any kind of getaway, and sitting comfortably within the UK’s Common Travel Area, it’s an easy win in the 2021 holiday stakes. Plus, it’s especially rewarding for foodies, who can try out the island’s ‘Big Four’ of oysters, lobster, Jersey Royal potatoes and, of course, celebrated Jersey dairy. With flights all year round, this unassuming island is the perfect location to experience some exciting culinary capers
Jersey is famous for its food and it’s easy to see why. From delis and beach cafés to fine dining and a Michelin-starred restaurant, there’s something for everyone – no matter how particular their tastes. We recommend heading straight to the charming harbour at St. Aubin’s Bay where Salty Dog Bar & Bistro is a must. Our pick? The Salty Dog ‘reef & beef’ prime sirloin with scallops and prawns. For the ultimate indulgence, round it off with its gooey Jersey black butter and banana toffee pudding. Looking for dinner with a view? Make tracks to Portelet Bay Café, where the local hand-dived scallop salad partners perfectly with sunset shots and the sounds of lapping waves. Alternatively, head to Kismet Cabana for a casual street food meets beach club vibe with spectacular views down to Ouaisné Bay.
Walk, eat, repeat
For active holidaymakers, Jersey offers plenty of options, including stunning coastal and cliff walks, and there’s no better way to finish one off than popping your feet up by a roaring fire in a local pub. Though there are routes for every experience level, one of the most popular for nature lovers is the circular trail. This two-to-three-hour walk starts and finishes in the serene Grève de Lecq bay on the north coast and will build up an appetite, so make sure to finish your day at the Le Moulin de Lecq pub, home to the island’s largest water wheel. Kick back with a local beer, warm up with fresh seafood from the daily catch and take in the historic grounds, which date back to the 12th century.
Big on ale? Jersey’s beer houses will happily get your taste buds tingling. Make sure not to miss Stinky Bay’s Pale Ale and the award-winning signature Liberation Ale when you’re ready to whet your whistle. If you like your taverns with a bit of edge, try The Smuggler's Inn, an alehouse that's provided a pit stop for pirates over the years and has a history dating back to the 13th century. Or, for the full craft beer and ale experience, head to JB’s Brewhouse. Within, you’ll find Jersey’s first-ever crowdfunded company and craft brewery, Bliss Brew Co. Featuring more than 100 craft beers available to try, you’ll be like a kid in a candy shop. Just don’t expect your ping-pong technique to improve after a few rounds of Liberation.
Explore the great outdoors
Kayaking? Check. Paddleboarding? Check. Coasteering? Check. Jersey is a hotspot for outdoor activities, so be sure to book some in with Wild Adventures Jersey to make the most of the island’s cliffs and beaches. If you want to see the island from a unique view, arrange a seat on a Jersey Seafari RIB tour (available March-October and for private charter off-season). The spectacular north coast trip will get you up close to jagged cliffs, caves and old forts along the rugged coastline. Keep an eye out and you may bump into some lesser-spotted locals: bottlenose dolphins. Often, their curious and playful temperament leads them close to the boats for fantastic pictures. If you’re after something a little less high octane, join a foraging tour with a local expert who will help you discover fungi, berries, sea herbs and all manner of tasty plants - a particularly enjoyable experience in the Autumn. It’s a great skill to bring back when the holiday blues kick in and grocery shopping is far from a priority.
Autumn in Jersey is paradisal for many reasons – golden light, fresh salty air and crisp but colourful cliff walks and beach strolls make for a wondrous visit. As soul-restoring as these are, one of the top reasons to visit Jersey in these months is to take full advantage of the Channel Islands’ six-week food festival, Tennerfest. Treat yourself at some of the best restaurants on the island with discounted set menus, being sure to try a bit of everything.
With fresh and locally sourced seafood in abundance, Jersey is a foodie’s dream. Head to the east coast and join a tour of one of the largest oyster beds in Europe at the iconic Seymour Oyster farm. Enjoy a glass of bubbly while learning about the mini molluscs (who said farming wasn’t glamorous?), before heading over to Faulkner Fisheries, a first-class seafood restaurant operating out of a converted German bunker. Looking out at the sandy stretches of St. Ouen’s bay, this family-owned hotspot serves up freshly barbecued lobster, crab, prawns and scallops alongside irresistibly buttery Jersey Royal potatoes.
British Airways flies daily from London Heathrow to Jersey. Book Jersey Now.
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