Jersey's culinary excellence is recognised

24/09/14

Main Restaurant - Ormer Blog SizeOrmer - one of the stars of Jersey's culinary scene

Jersey has once again been recognised as a destination for great food, with plaudits from both the 2015 AA Restaurant Guide and Michelin Guide.

The AA guide for 2015 features 18 of Jersey's restaurants, and the total number of AA Rosettes awarded to Jersey restaurants has risen from 32 in 2013 and 35 in 2014 to 37 in the 2015 edition.

Of the 37 AA Rosettes won by Jersey hotels, we are delighted that a total of 20 were awarded to establishments owned by members and partners of Luxury Jersey Hotels.

Jersey's four AA Rosette restaurants

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.

There are only 35 restaurants in Great Britain and Ireland to have been awarded four AA Rosettes, and Jersey has two:

Bohemia Restaurant

Steve Smith blog 2Steve Smith - Bohemia Restaurant

"The emphasis is on tasting menus, with both pescatarian and vegetarian options available. Cooking is modern, vibrant and has a lightness of touch, and original texture and flavour combinations feature." Michelin Guide

Ocean Restaurant at The Atlantic Hotel

Ocean Rest blogOcean Restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel

"It's a wonderfully light and airy setting, and the exciting cooking of Mark Jordan has turned this place into a real Channel Islands destination." AA Restaurant Guide 2015

Jersey's three AA Rosette restaurants

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. (* indicates that the restaurant is a member or partner of Luxury Jersey Hotels)

Tassili Restaurant at Grand Jersey

Tassili slate dishTassili dish

"Simple table settings, wall-recess glass stores and nouveau presentations on slate plates and such establish the tone, while the prospect over St Aubin's Bay is bound to gentle the senses to a state of serentiy." AA Restaurant Guide 2015 

Ormer 

Shaun Ranking blogShaun Rankin at Ormer

"Rankin is a firm believer in the superlative quality of Jersey's produce from land and sea, and thus his menus showcase the best the island has to offer in dishes that impress with their depth of natural flavour and beautiful presentation." AA Restaurant Guide 2015

In his first full year of opening, chef and owner Shaun Rankin has been awarded three AA Rosettes and retained the Michelin star that he was awarded just four months after opening.

Ormer was one of the stars of the show at the AA awards, being shortlisted for the prestigious AA Food Service Award, which acknowledges the vital role played by service teams. The award is given for the consistent delivery of excellent standards of service and hospitality; technical service skills; and a clear commitment to staff training.

Jersey's two AA Rosette restaurants

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. (* indicates that the restaurant is a member or partner of Luxury Jersey Hotels)

L'Horizon Beach Hotel and Spa

L'Horizon Grill blogThe Grill at L'Horizon Beach Hotel & Spa

"Overlooking the bay, with pristine sane and shimmering sea out front, the view is a big draw, but it's the Grill restaurant that really puts this place on the map." AA Restaurant Guide 2015 

Mark Jordan at the Beach

MJATB blogMark Jordan at the Beach

"Menus showcase island produce and fish from local waters. Cooking is refined but hearty, mixing tasty brasserie and restaurant style dishes." Michelin Guide

As well as looking after Ocean Restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel, Mark Jordan runs the eponymous beachside restaurant which combines great food and atmosphere. In addition to two AA Rosettes, Mark Jordan at the Beach has gained a Michelin Bib Gourmand, recognising good food at moderate prices.

Restaurant Sirocco at the Royal Yacht Hotel

Sirocco blog

"Bringing a touch of glamour to the harbourside, The Royal Hotel is a slick, modern place with high-end facilities including a swish spa and a host of eating options." AA Restaurant Guide 2015

Jersey's one 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.

  • Green Island Restaurant
  • Hotel La Place
  • The Salty Dog Bar & Bistro
  • Best Western Royal Hotel
  • Greenhills Country Hotel
  • Water's Edge Hotel
About AA Rosettes

In 1908, due to the difficulty many motorists were having finding reasonable meals and accommodation while on the road, a scheme was launched to introduce 'about one thousand of the leading hotels' in the AA Members' Handbook. The hotel section evolved to include restaurants, and rosettes were added to the 1956 AA Members' Handbook, reflecting the emergence of British hotel cooking after 15 years of rationing.

The first AA Guide to Hotels and Restaurants was published in 1967, providing detailed descriptions of each establishment and one year later, the AA introduced its restaurant inspection scheme.

Much has changed since the AA began in 1908 yet AA Hotel Services has become a byword for industry standards, quality and service. 

The 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.

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