Tuesday 29 March 2016

Weekend Getaway: Jersey

From usually covering weekend getaways in the UK this week the blog ventures to Jersey. In February I headed off on a weekend getaway to the Isle of Jersey which is only 30 minutes in the air with EasyJet. The reason for my visit was actually to pop over to see one of my best friends and her new little baby girl 'Edie' and proudly get called Auntie Fiona for the weekend. She is such a cutie....not sure I am ready for kids yet though, although Edie was sooo good, she barley cried you could kind of say the parents have it easy..OR NOT.
jersey shore
Jersey Facts:
·         Only 30 minutes in the air with EasyJet.
·         Just off the coast of Normandy, France so it would be easy for day trip.
·         Hottest place in the British Isles
·         Famous for their Jersey potatoes.

I thought I would share a few of the things I got up to, it was a bit wet and wild with weather so most of this is indoors/in the car. A more outdoorsy article will go live in the summer *watch this space*.

Tour of the Isle
First up is to just simply hop in a car and just drive, rain or shine the Island is really pretty, like the UK but without the millions of people ruining it! It seems so peaceful, all the buildings are very quaint and lots of windy roads reminding me of West Sussex. 

A spot of Afternoon Tea by the sea

I love an spot of afternoon tea with my bestie's and that is what we did at Bohemia Bar & Restaurant which has earned itself a Michelin star. It is in the perfect location right in the heart of town, by the seafront. It might just be, because we are no longer in London anymore but the prices were pretty reasonable not what you would expect from a Michelin star. Champagne Afternoon Tea was only £30 I think that's pretty good and £19.95 with no bubbles (BUT who would want that!). 

bohemia afternoon teaFrom the moment you walk in you know that you are in good hands with Bohemia as you can see all their awards and they proudly feature in the Good Food Guide 2016 so I knew it was going to be pretty darn special and I was hungry. We were situated in the bar area which did not look as good as the restaurant which was hidden behind plush curtains...I think. 

bohemia afternoon tea

We got brought a selection of tea leaves and as a fruity tea lover I went for Funky Flower Garden that was infused with fruit pieces and it was delicious, fragrant and fruity after we had a cheeky glass of champagne because why not?! We got served traditional finger sandwiches with your typical flavours of salmon and cucumber, egg mayo, ham and mustard and after we got presented with the most beautifully designed cakes and scones. I love a good scone that the condiments came in ultra cute  shot glasses with fresh creme, strawberry and I think it was blueberry jam...yum yum yum. The cakes were plentiful and delicious the lemon, white chocolate & basil tart was so refreshing, leave this for last to refresh your tastebuds. There is lots of chocolate and one reminding me of Easter which was a cute cracked egg in the picture above which had egg custard & rhubarb crumble which I could not fault I think this was my favourite. 
bohemia afternoon tea
Dinner on top of a Hill
the atlantic hotel
With so many Cool restaurants in London I was excited to try one of the best Jersey had to offer. There are plenty of places to eat out in Jersey casual and a bit fancy where you need to whip your Jimmy Choo's out. If your looking for this, head to The Atlantic oooo it oozes elegance, coined 'Where Luxury meets the Ocean'. 

The Ocean Restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel, Jersey is run by celebrated chef, Mark Jordan. You have an array of menus to choose from, from tasting, a la carte or the three course dinner menu and again I have really been spoiled with another michelin star I feel a bit like a celebrity. 

ocean restaurant starter
For the meal it was a bit like pieces of art. As soon as we sat down we got presented with some tasty sourdough bread, then a amuse bouche then to start a tasting of duck miniatures, fig gel on toasted honey brioche. This was incredible and my favourite from the entire meal, I do not usually have duck but this was cooked to PERFECTION! For main I had a selection for Jersey beef which had different cuts, lobster ravioli, spring vegetables and a beef consomme. This was presented like a pretty picture again like the duck there was a few different parts of beef, partnered with fluffy potatoes and veg. We got surprised with a dessert before our dessert which I believe was caramelized lemon meringue. Then I can not believe it but I attempted the next dessert of Passion fruit souffle, with a vanilla sorbet.

Its good to note even for this fancy experience we could take a newborn, the staff were extremely accommodating. For three courses is around £55 
ocean restaurant main
Wander around town
The main town with a cobbled high street is in St Helier, it was really close to where I was staying with my friend. It is quite old school a bit how high-streets used to look 15 years ago, that is not a bad thing it made me feel like I was back in West Sussex again bringing back many memories of my childhood. There are a number of well known high-street stores, I did take a peek inside Topshop, Accessorise, Boots and a large department store...I thing it was called De Gruchy's.  
st helier town centre

Although it was raining for parts of the weekend the sun did show it's face for a small part, living up to its name of "sunniest spot in the British isles". After a long weekend in Jersey I came to the conclusion that Jersey Tourism do not promote Jersey enough within the UK as this is a great weekend break. I can not wait to go back to this little picturesque island in the summer to explore some of the beautiful beaches. If you want to see more Travel articles there a number of weekend getaways UK.

Have you ever been to Jersey? Leave your favourite spots below.

afternoon tea bohemia restaurant
cool restaurant
family portrait
fiona kay
fiona kay with baby
jersey high-street
the atlantic restaurant passionfruit souffle
selection of cheeses
ocean restaurant at the atlantic dessert
the atlantic hotel restaurant

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