30 Jersey Essentials: Les Ecrehous

les ecrehousDuring 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Jersey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 15: Les Ecrehous

Jersey’s best kept secret by far, Les Ecrehous is a tiny archipelago of islets located some six miles off the north east corner of Jersey. Its beauty is breathtaking and special moments are to be had all year-round, from stunning sunrises over France and sunsets over Jersey, to the sight of dolphins accompanying you all the way there.

LesEcrehous can only be reached by boat and nobody lives there permanently, but a few stone huts and houses are used as weekend or holiday hideaways by a few lucky islanders. Visitors are welcome for the day.

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Bohemia celebrates ‘Head Chef of the Year’ at Cateys 2014

steve-smithWhat a fantastic year for Bohemia Restaurant in Jersey, with Steve Smith receiving the ultimate industry award: ‘Head Chef of the Year’ at the Hotel Cateys 2014 on the 28th November.

Steve’s expertise has been recognised all year long with Bohemia being listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Food List 2014, receiving 4AA Rosettes and a top score in the Good Food Guide 2015. His cuisine has the finesse associated with all these awards and the consistency expected from the best. From the age of only 24, Steve Smith has managed to bring a Michelin Star to each restaurant he has worked for. A true Great British Chef !

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30 Jersey Essentials: Michelin Star Restaurants

Michelin Star FoodDuring 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Jersey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 14: Michelin Star Restaurants

No less than four restaurants here in Jersey have been awarded a coveted Michelin star. This gives much pleasure to islanders who can experience superb fine dining with a choice rarely available outside of the world’s larger cities. Of course, Jersey is first and foremost a giant organic farm! The clean and clear sea provides the freshest of scallops, lobsters, fish and many local producers supply home grown vegetables and home reared meat. No, not everything is organic and not every produce  is locally sourced nor organic. But the average is high and allows talented chefs to work their magic with simplicity rather than pomp and deliver a unique ‘Jersey Michelin Star Experience’. Continue reading

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30 Jersey Essentials: Cream Teas

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During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Jersey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 13: Cream Teas

Jersey Cream teas are as recommendable as most of Jersey’s culinary experiences and are very high on the list of must-dos when visiting! Many hotels offer their own selection of home-made scones, local cream, jam, beautiful pastries, finger sandwiches and totally irresistible cakes. The visual treat plays a huge part in the pleasure of a cream tea experience and will often be combined with a fabulous location served on a terrace, by a lovely garden, or maybe facing the sea.

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Excellent News for The Atlantic Hotel

atlantic-hotel-jersey-01Going from strength to strength, The Atlantic Hotel here in Jersey seems to be in the news regularly at the moment – and for all the right reasons.

The hotel’s wonderful ocean views are not lost on its discerning customers, but it is the whole concept of hospitality that needs to be celebrated as The Atlantic Hotel enters its 44th year in the business with panache.

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Bohemia Restaurant in the Sunday Times Top 100

bohemia-01Accolades are always worth sharing, especially when they are so well deserved. Bohemia Bar and Restaurant in St. Helier, Jersey, was recently named one of the UK’s best restaurants in The Sunday Times Top 100 Food List with a fantastic 6th place for their pudding menu. On paper or screen, numbers and pictures best demonstrate why, but really the proof is in the tasting!

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30 Jersey Essentials: Walk Around the Reservoirs

Reservoir-06During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Jersey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 12: Jersey’s Reservoirs

On a small island, natural resources feel very precious, maybe more than in larger countries and here in Jersey we definitely have a special bound with our fresh water supplies. The levels are monitored daily by walkers, dog walkers and many a jogger knows where to stop to catch their breath in front of a spectacular view point. Walking around the reservoirs is as much part of the island’s life as going to the beach.

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Enjoy The Jersey Cider Festival!

Jersey Cider FestivalFor two days only, Hamptonne Country Life Museum in Jersey will become a hive of cider, music, activities and family fun.

The annual Cider Festival or, to give its proper Jersey-French name, La Faîs’sie d’Cidre, takes place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October. Islanders and visitors alike can experience some of Jersey’s oldest traditions, enjoy live entertainment, and sample Genuine Jersey Produce.

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C.I. Travel Group Donates to Holidays for Heroes Jersey

Holidays for Heroes JerseyC.I. Travel Group, the parent company of JerseyTravel.com, has recently donated £2,000 to Holidays for Heroes Jersey. This donation represents one pound for every one of the group’s bookings travelling to Jersey during July and August 2014.

Holidays for Heroes Jersey is a Jersey charity whose aim is to provide a week’s holiday on our beautiful island, to any past or present member of HM Forces injured, in mind or body, whilst during or resulting from their service.

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30 Jersey Essentials: La Hougue Bie

la houge bie 1During 2014, we are celebrating 30 years of bringing customers from the UK to the Channel Islands. As part of this celebration, we will be writing about 30 Jersey essentials, from attractions and outdoor activities to special local food and some lesser-known island treats.

Part 11: La Hougue Bie

La Hougue Bie is difficult to describe! An essential part of Jersey’s past, the site hosts a fascinating amalgamation of historical vestiges starting with a
remarkable Neolithic tomb and going all the way to the Second World War. The site itself is small and pretty, nestled on the east side of the island and surrounded by fields. The museum hosts the island’s archaeological and geological collection and the recently added ‘Treasures of the Island’, a permanent exhibition which tells the exciting story of the newly discovered coin hoards.

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