“Fantastic produce and inspired French cuisine” - AA Inspector
ST HELIER, JERSEY
Our Inspector's view
Just a stone’s throw from the waters of St Aubin’s Bay, The Grand Jersey is a rather glamorous late-Victorian hotel, and Tassili, is a darkly luxurious space that comes into its own in the evenings. Service is excellent, and you can expect high-level French technique from Nicolas Valmagna and his team, taking inspiration from the island’s produce and ideas from farther afield, providing an often thrilling culinary exploration of some of the best ingredients France has to offer. An early summer menu might include pan-roasted Nantes goose liver with fermented rhubarb and dukkah, while beautifully fresh Jersey Royal potatoes join smoked eel, lovage purée, sea lettuce and a fabulous baked potato consommé. Turbot appears in a saffron risotto, along with mussels, cockles, sea vegetables, Exmoor caviar, and there’s milk fed lamb with asparagus, wild garlic, morels and black garlic purée. Follow that with an artisan cheese plate or move straight on to citron de Menton with St Ouen’s honey and Brittany sablé biscuit.
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Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 24
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 25 December, 1–30 January
- Wines under £30: 14
- Wines over £30: 70
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: British, French
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Jersey is the largest of the Channels Islands, but at 45.5 square miles (118 sq km) it’s still only about a third of the size of the Isle of Wight. Its human history goes back to the Neolithic period, as many megalithic tombs (knowm as dolmens) demonstrate. However, the most important history discovery of recent years was the unearthing of tens of thousands of Roman and Celtic coins in 2012. Two men with metal detectors uncovered this amazing find, and the coins are now on display at La Hougue Bie Museum. This location itself is quite a historical wonder; well-preserved Neolithic passage graves that were used for religious ceremonies around 3500 BC.
Other historic attractions on Jersey include the War Tunnels and other remnants of the German occupation, which lasted from 1940 to 1945. Liberation Day is celebrated on May 9th as Jersey’s National Day, and is an important part of the island’s calendar. Apart from its history, Jersey is well known for its potatoes and rich, creamy milk. Holiday visitors will also find plenty of opportunities for seaside pleasures, as the island has many bays and beaches.
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