After approximately a six hour Netflix marathon on the sofa my bf and I decided it was probably time we did something a little more exciting with our lives. I mean, after three hours your start to question whether you should go for a leisurely stroll or do a workout (as if), but after six the situation was dire and only something really different would cut it. Being grossly lazy we decided to just see what places our nearest airport would fly to and somehow got to Jersey. The beaches looked nice enough on google and it was particularly shots of St. Brelade’s Bay that I had to see for myself. So off we went!
Firstly, let’s get the negative news out of the way. Don’t bother staying at Hotel De Normandie. So much of a disappointment with two single beds pushed together (are we 12?!). Honestly at around £100 a night, a local told us there were much nicer places to stay…
The best part about Jersey? Had to be the food…
EAT: Crab Shack, St. Brelade’s Bay.
First up Crab Shack – right on St. Brelade’s Bay so the view are absolutely stunning. We enjoyed a few glasses (okay a bottle) of crisp white wine whilst munching on some decliious parmesan chips, lobster rolls and crab tacos. All around an absolute gem of a location for lunch, casual with great food.
Oh yes…we also had a dozen of the most succulent oysters and shellfish platter.
DRINK: The Boat House, St. Aubin.
This little village-like area felt like we’d stepped in to the French riviera. The sun was beaming, local were drinking and the view felt like such a blissful escape. A few great restaurants and pubs around here too! The view below is from the Boat House restaurant – we only had drinks here as we had dinner resos at The Old Courthouse across the dock.
EAT: The Old Courthouse, St. Aubin.
Also in this area was a fab (albeit slightly overpriced) restaurant across from The Boat House. I was obsessed with my creamy, crab pasta but Stuart wasn’t in love with his whole crab. Too much work…totally fair review. This restaurant gets super busy so try to book in advance if you can.
SEE: Portelet Common, St. Brelade’s Bay.
The hike trail game in Jersey is oh so strong. We walked for hours and most of the time were completely alone. Every branch we passed revealed yet another breathtaking view of the bay until we reached the highest point which offered up flat fields on a cliff that was peppered with old war bunkers. Stuart thought it necessary to explore them all despite the overgrown weeds. I however, was not as brave. Don’t forget to pick up some jersey ice-cream from the beach shacks before you head off! If you check out our video below you’ll get an amazing look in to what this looks like ‘IRL’!
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SEE: Elisabeth Castle, St. Aubins Bay.
I don’t have any snaps here but you can see the amazing Elisabeth Castle in my video below at point 2.48. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re on the island and offers a whole lot of exploration and amazing views. From live musket demos to mini museums and lighthouses (guarded by the most aggressive of birds) this offered quite an afternoon of entertainment.
P.S. You MUST go for the boat/car entry ticket. You do not want to walk and by walk I mean swim to this place when the tide comes in….
EAT: Mark Jordan at the Beach, La Plage.
Last but not least. This was one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. We were glutinous and enjoyed one too many courses including deep fried gnocchi, a soufflé desert, a modest cheese board and best of all… some incredibly old port. Pricey but honestly worth absolutely every penny and deserving of the two AA Rosette’s it boasts. You’ll need a reso to get in to this one…
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