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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Refined Anglo-French cooking in a historic bayfront hotel

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Wines by the glass

The white-fronted Grand Jersey Hotel lords it over the island capital's seafront, with St Aubin's Bay laid out in sparkling array before it. Full of elegance and swagger since it opened in 1890, it was used as headquarters by Nazi occupation forces during the war and, despite much of its furniture being burned for fuel, emerged on VE Day with its dignity intact. The principal dining room, Tassili, is done in chic contemporary style, with textured abstract paintings and a sober dark grey colour scheme, a setting where Nicolas Valmagna has brought the cooking to a high pitch of modern Anglo-French refinement, as befits the location. Dishes are carefully structured but not overworked, leaving an overall impression of lightness and grace. A serving of moist crabmeat in bisque dressing with yuzu gel and crab espuma is a brilliant overture, as is the adventurous seared foie gras that comes with white balsamic jelly and sweetcorn ice cream. A signature main dish of truffled pork - comprising belly, braised cheek and black pudding with compressed apple and a cider cracker - is a textural triumph, or there may be gently cooked turbot with subtly assertive saffron risotto, cockles and sea veg. Bringing up the rear, textures of orange are offset with the mega-richness of 67% Madagascar chocolate ganache and tonka ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December, 1–30 January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Closed for lunch: all week
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10

Chef

  • Chef: Nicolas Valmagna

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British, French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 14
  • Wines over £30: 70
  • Wines by the glass: 12

Price guide

  • 3-course dinner from: 45
  • Tasting menu from: 67
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 24
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: NCP

Additional information

  • Seats: 24

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On St Helier seafront

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