Back in February, I headed over for a weekend in Jersey for a little island hopping fun to celebrate my friend’s 30th birthday. I was excited to head over on the ferry. Despite being very prone to travel sickness, I was totally up for the adventure. We had a great run of it getting over – the weather was stunning and the boat wasn’t too rocky. The return was not one that I’d like to repeat, so the less we speak of that the better quite frankly…. However, the weekend was great fun catching up with friends and exploring a little of our neighbouring island. Take a look at the breakdown of our trip below.
Where We Stayed
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel in Jersey. Located right by the port within easy walking distance of town and everywhere we needed to be. It was seriously lacking a coffee machine… Having to order coffee room service is annoying and costly and a nespresso machine can fix that issue quite quickly. However, the room was really comfortable, the shower was hot, the views were great and the location was a winner. We also loved the downstairs bar area. More on that below.
Where We Ate
Quayside Bistro & Grill – This was the first place we went upon arrival on the island. We were joining my friend Kirsty’s birthday lunch and had preordered a couple of courses. I found it to be a really pleasant and pretty place to have lunch. It was light and bright and the food was stunning. They were even very accommodating to ensure my risotto was made without cream, so that it was a bit lighter (& dairy free) for me. I really appreciate little touches like that.
Mark Jordan At The Beach – We discovered this place, after a little TripAdvisor research (Shocking for me, right?!). We popped in for a Sunday roast before we left. Mark Jordan is a Michelin-starred chef who opened his own place in Jersey on the beach and it does exactly what it says on the tin. It was a little bit pricier than other places we had seen, but still pretty great value. The inside decor could have been a little more nautical and brighter, but that it just me (I don’t like light, varnished wood in any situation). The food was insanely good. From starter to main to dessert, we were constantly delighted by the dishes. Portions were also not out of control, which I really like. Location-wise, it was stunning. Had it not been February, we definitely would have spent a little more time there to sit outside and enjoy the views of the beach.
Bean Around the World – We found this place (again via Tripadvisor) whilst walking around town. St Helier isn’t the prettiest of towns (in comparison to St Peter Port in Guernsey where we live), but it has a lot going for it – lots of shops and cafes. Bean Around the World had great coffee and was just generally a really cool coffee house to hang out in for half an hour or so. I really enjoyed our little break. We sat in the window on stools and watched the world go by outside with the winter sun streaming through the window. It was really pleasant and I’d love to go back.
The Waterfront Bar & Terrace at the Radisson Blu – Located on the ground floor with full-length windows, the Waterfront Bar affords beautiful views of Elizabeth Marina. Settle into plush, leather chairs for a one-on-one business meeting or a cosy chat with friends. The bar serves a wide range of beverages as well as a full menu including children’s options. In summer you can drink and dine on the terrace, where you can witness a panoramic sunset silhouetting Elizabeth Castle.
Cooper & Co, Jersey Coffee House at Castle Quay near the Waterfront. We found this place really easy to pop into for coffee, sandwiches etc. It was always full and buzzing, so I’d love to spend a little bit more time there.
What We Did
Not a whole lot actually – which was lovely! For the birthday celebrations on Friday, we ate at Quayside Bistro & Grill before heading over to The Royal Yacht for more drinks and chats. The next day, we walked around town, checked out the market and grabbed a coffee. On Saturday night, we went to a private party at So Bar with a buffet and music. It was lots of fun catching up with my friend Kirsty and meeting her friends, family and colleagues.
On Sunday, we went for a drive and took in the sights of St Catherine’s Pier, Gorey, St Bread, plus lots of coastline and a couple castles thrown in for good measure. We noticed A LOT of potato fields growing Jersey Royals and quite a few Jersey Cows, which are the kinds of local things I love to see when out and about. Even when I see things like that in Guernsey, it makes me smile.
There’s also travel vlog from the weekend coming soon, so keep an eye on my Youtube Channel for that!
Have you got any more recommendations for Jersey for my next visit?
I’m planning on heading back over for work soon and I really want to get to know more.
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