Sitting on the classic seaside promenade of St. Brelade’s Bay, somewhere between the blue sea and the blue sky, is the Crab Shack, a relaxed and informal diner that serves the very best Jersey food, both from the land and from the sea. As well as breakfasts, brunches, lunches and evening meals, the Crab Shack serves great local ice cream from their sundae-making station. A perfect pit-stop for the summer walk or the day at the beach.
The all-day menu serves up some great alternatives to the traditional plateful of fried breakfast. Diners can chose healthy breakfast options as well as tasty brunches in the form of eggs benedict, smoked salmon, pancakes with all the trimmings and sauteed mushrooms. For those looking for a quick bite, the menu serves a selection of classic sandwiches with modern twists throughout the day.
Whether you’re having an early celebration or simply looking for hair of the dog, the cocktails begin flowing at 11am. Bellini or mojito with an ice cream on the seafront? Why not…
The lunch and dinner menu is a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds; many courses are served as ‘less’ or ‘more’, giving the option to mix and match your starter and main course combinations instead of sticking to set norms. And with a name like the Crab Shack, you’d better hope that their seafood delivers.
It certainly does.
From home-made Jersey mackerel pate and local crab bisque to Jersey oysters and a freshly picked Jersey Chancre or Spider crab, the seafood and fish is fresh, beautifully presented and well prepared. Sitting in the sun, enjoying a chilled glass of wine and sampling the freshly caught fish only a few feet from the water: you’ll never want to go home.
The menu is not limited to seafood dishes, with a wealth of pasta, vegetarian dishes and carnivore-friendly plates on offer. The chicken schnitzel and crispy duck are both highlights, but the crowning glory is an almighty burger the size of a cricket ball, served as it should be, with onion marmalade, pickled gherkins, melted cheese and crispy bacon.
The crab shack keep their dessert menu short and sweet, offering a fine collection of classics such as chocolate brownies, raspberry cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding next to their endless supply of ice cream sundaes and toppings.
So, next time you’re in Jersey and wandering along the beach at St. Brelade’s Bay, you might want to put the entire day aside; there’s a lot to be eaten.