AA Restaurant Guide 2014: Jersey hots up as a top food destination
The island's certainly getting a reputation as a top food destination. The AA Restaurant Guide features an increasing number of the island's restaurants in its latest 2014 guide and awards them more AA Rosettes for their culinary efforts - 35 in total.
The prestigious foodie bible rates 19 of the island's restaurants, and includes mouthwatering descriptions like: 'Top-class Jersey produce treated with skill in a breathtakingly beautiful location' ( Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel, 4 AA Rosettes) and 'a relentlessly entertaining interplay of tastes and textures' (Bohemia Restaurant, 3 AA Rosettes). Included in the 19 featured restaurants are Tassili at Grand Jersey, L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa, Bohemia Restaurant at The Club Hotel & Spa, Restaurant Sirocco at The Royal Yacht Hotel and Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel, which has been awarded 4 AA Rosettes and is the only restaurant in the Channel Islands to hold such a high accolade.
Superb local produce teamed with skill, style and precision from talented chefs; it's a recipe for foodie heaven. Read on to discover how the island's restaurants were rated by the AA.
Jersey's AA Rosette restaurants
Awarded to restaurants achieving standards that stand out in their local area, serving food prepared with care, understanding and skill, using good quality ingredients.
The Boat House
Green Island Restaurant
Greenhills Country Hotel
The Montana Restaurant at Hotel Savoy
The Retreat Restaurant, Hotel La Place
The Salty Dog Bar & Bistro
Seasons, Best Western Royal Hotel
Water's Edge Hotel
Awarded to excellent restaurants aiming for and achieving increasing standards and consistency. A greater precision is apparent in the cooking, and there will be obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients.
Awarded to outstanding restaurants that achieve standards that demand recognition well beyond their local area. The cooking is underpinned by the selection and sympathetic treatment of the highest quality ingredients. Timing, seasoning and the judgement of flavour combinations will consistently be excellent. These virtues tend to be supported by other elements, such as intuitive service and a well-chosen wine list.
Awarded only to the top restaurants in the UK, where the cooking demands national recognition. These restaurants exhibit intense ambition, a passion for excellence, superb technical skills, and remarkable consistency. They will combine appreciation of culinary traditions with a passionate desire for further exploration and improvement.
The AA Rosettes are awarded following at least one unannounced visit by the AA Hotel and Restaurant inspectors, who assess the restaurant on the basis of the entire meal. Establishments have to demonstrate that they serve consistently good quality ingredients cooked with care and understanding to be in with a chance of receiving a coveted AA Rosette. The AA estimates that just 10% of the restaurants in the UK are of a standard that is worthy of one Rosette or above.