There’s something very special about the island of Jersey. Though it’s an easy half an hour flight from London, you arrive feeling like you’ve entered a whole other world.
Blue skies, pristine white beaches, warm weather…was I really still in the UK? Well not quite, Jersey is actually a self-governing democracy meaning it has its own currency and legal system…it also has its own micro-climate. We’d left rainy London and found ourselves practically in California. Well, slight exaggeration but Jersey is the most southerly point in Britain, has more sunshine and is generally warmer than the rest of Britain.
I’d been invited to experience the many luxuries that this small island, only nine by five miles, had to offer. Despite the small size there are three Michelin-starred restaurants in Jersey, luxury hotels, indulgent spas and just so much natural beauty to enjoy.
In order to fit everything in, the plan was to head to lunch straight off the plane but after an hour’s flight delay we were running late for our lunch at Oyster Box. After a slightly panicked phone call from the airport and despite arriving twenty minutes after closing, the staff at Oyster Box had kept the kitchen open for us and welcomed us in with open arms.
Leaving Mr S behind this time I was here with my very good friend and fellow food lover, Theresa, and when we saw the beautiful setting of the Oyster Box we were so grateful to them for staying open for us. Located in beautiful St Brelade’s Bay and only steps away from the sand, we loved the casual, beachy feel to the restaurant.
There’s a choice of indoor or outdoor seating but on a day like today, the decision was easy to make as we settled down on the terrace.
The morning before jetting off to Jersey, I trialled a new service from Perfect 10 Mobile beauty called Black Label. Black Label is a 24-hour beauty service, so it’s perfect if you want an early morning blow dry, manicure or eye brow shape before a flight. Though I do love the idea of the service, I was quite disappointed that my hair dropped fairly soon and pretty much lost all the waves that the hair dresser had created.
Though there’s plenty of choice for meat-eaters and vegetarians on the menu at Oyster Box, this is definitely a place to go all out on ordering seafood, especially as the restaurant uses all local produce. Theresa chose lightly charred scallops with beautifully fresh peas and crisp bacon. For her the scallops were a little over, but I found them perfectly cooked.
My own seafood salad combined some of my favourites with mussels, squid, prawns on a bed of avocado and grapefruit and a light zesty dressing. A really perfect summer dish.
Local lobster in Jersey is truly excellent and Oyster Box offers several different ways to enjoy it. Theresa loved hers served grilled and in the shell, smothered in creamy butter.
My sea bass special flaked apart beautifully and paired perfectly with grilled vegetable and sauce vierge…
Our position right by the promenade was ideal for people watching and when we saw several people walking past with 99 cones, our dessert choice was easy and headed down St Brelade’s Bay on the hunt for a Mr Whippy. There’s several other options along the bay for example The Crab Shack, the sister restaurant to Oyster Box is right next door for a more casual choice. There’s also The Boat House, Salty Dog Bar and Bistro and further up, Ocean the Michelin-starred restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel.
Isn’t the promenade gorgeous? And would you ever expect to see palm trees in the UK. A short walk from Oyster Box we found what we were looking for…
The perfect Mr Whippy 99 cone made from delicious Jersey cream…the perfect start to a gorgeous weekend away.
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St Brelade’s Bay
My blow dry with Black Label was complimentary