The Channel Islands are a group of unique islands located in the English Channel, close to the coast of France. These islands include Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm with all four being very popular holiday destinations.
Jersey, Channel Islands
Jersey is the largest of all the Channel Islands and along with Guernsey is well-known as an offshore financial centre with the finance industry being the major source of employment. In addition, all of the islands are renowned for their excellent standards of cuisine, ranging from exclusive fine dining to casual beach cafes with freshly caught seafood being a local speciality.
Travel To Jersey
Jersey is easily accessible by ferry, making it ideal for those from France and the UK who wish to bring their car over to the island. Regular sailings are provided by both Condor Ferries and Manche Iles Express from St. Malo, Grainville, Portsmouth, Weymouth and Poole.
Air travel is convenient from both mainland Europe and the UK with air links multiple airports, including to Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton, Birmingham, Exeter, Edinburgh, London City and London Gatwick. The majority of these routes are provided by Flybe, Blue Islands and Aurigny.
Fete De La Mer in Gorey, Jersey
On May 22nd there is a local seafood festival in Gorey which is ideally combined with a visit to the spectacular Mont Ourgeil Castle. Along Gorey Pier there will be a wide range of traditional seafood, entertainment and al fresco dining.
Jersey Fish Festival
In July, there is the Jersey Fish Festival celebrating the island’s sea fishing industry, located on the Victoria Pier with entertainment from 10 am to 10 pm. Included is a dedicated dining area with various stalls offering local seafood specialities, local ciders and beers. In addition, there will be a water carnival, sea shanty bands, local produce and a craft market.
For food-lovers there will also be several cooking demonstrations during the day by both French and Jersey chefs.
The Tennerfest is a real highlight of the year and is extremely popular with locals and visitors to the island alike. Many restaurants and cafes offer affordable, high quality dishes starting from as little as £10 for three courses. Running from October through to November 12th, it is a great way to sample some of Jersey’s culinary delights at very inexpensive prices.
The Channel Island of Jersey is without doubt a great location for those with a passion for fine dining, offering beautiful scenery and a wide variety of both exclusive and informal eateries. As highlighted above, the Tennerfest is an ideal opportunity to enjoy excellent food at affordable prices.