Located in the heart of St. Helier and overlooking Liberation Square, the Pomme d’Or Hotel is a Jersey institution and one of the most popular hotels in Jersey. As well as maintaining a consistently high 4 star standard, the Pomme d’Or is known for its many gastronomic delights, including the Cafe Bar, the Petite Pomme Restaurant and the Harbour Room Carvery.
And it was the Harbour Room Carvery that we visited on a blustery night in early November, sampling the hotel’s famous seafood and fish buffet; a bright, tasty, fresh and zingy antidote to the cold weather outside.
Well, where to start?
The array of freshly caught Jersey oysters with a variety of zesty accompaniments? The tower of gambas and king prawns? The beautifully dressed whole salmon and slithers of salmon sashimi? Or perhaps the massive selection of fish terrines, fresh fillets and local shellfish on offer?
The all-you-can-eat format for the evening is both remarkably dangerous and absolutely glorious, with fellow diners opting for five, six, even seven portions! The evening’s food is not limited to fish, with hot dishes of pork chops, pasta salads and chicken curries gracing the buffet tables.
And to follow the glorious fishy feast, the chefs lay out an extremely tempting cheese board and a very convenient collection of this author’s favourite desserts, from hot apple crumble and chocolate tart to trifle and vanilla custard-enveloped profiteroles.
All this foodie delight comes in at less than £25 per person (before wine). Non-residents are very welcome to book a table, making this Jersey dining tradition a perfect Friday night for all visitors to the island.
The 4 star Pomme d’Or Hotel is open all year, with rooms available from £57 per night.