Jersey’s food excellence is recognised again
The 2019 AA Restaurant Guide has reinforced the island’s position as a food tourism destination. The new guide features 18 of Jersey’s restaurants, and the number of AA Rosettes awarded to Jersey restaurants has reached a total of 40.
The 2019 AA Restaurant Guide was unveiled at the AA Hospitality Awards in London on Monday 24 September. Tassili at Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa was awarded 4 AA Rosettes for the first time, while Bohemia Restaurant maintained its 5 AA Rosette rating. Bohemia is one of just 17 restaurants in the UK to hold 5 Rosettes - the AA’s highest rating. The restaurant was also recently named as the 14th best restaurant in the UK in the 2019 Good Food Guide. Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel, Restaurant Sirocco at The Royal Yacht and Samphire were all awarded 3 AA Rosettes whilst Mark Jordan at the Beach and L’Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa received a 2 AA Rosette rating.
Of the 40 AA Rosettes won by Jersey restaurants, a total of 22 were awarded to establishments owned by members and partners of Luxury Jersey Hotels.
Patrick Burke, Chairman of Luxury Jersey Hotels and owner of The Atlantic Hotel and Ocean Restaurant, said: “Jersey is home to fantastic produce and brilliant chefs, and the AA Hospitality Awards are testament to just how high the bar has been raised on the island. These days Jersey punches well above its weight and all the chefs involved should be congratulated on their fantastic achievement at these prestigious national awards.
“Outside of London and Edinburgh, Jersey has one of the greatest concentrations of AA Rosettes in one place and we are increasingly being acknowledged internationally as a top culinary destination. The number of rosettes that we have received this year is extraordinary by any standard. Luxury Jersey Hotels is working hard to promote the fantastic product that Jersey offers, but I believe that there is still much work to be done to get the message out about how much the island now has to offer to visitors.”
AA rosettes are awarded following at least one unannounced visit by the AA Hotel and Restaurant inspectors, who assess restaurants on the basis of the entire meal, including ancillary items. Establishments must demonstrate that they serve consistently good quality ingredients cooked with care and understanding to be in with a chance of receiving a coveted rosette award.