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The tidal walkway to La Corbière Lighthouse
The restaurant’s champagne chandelier



Fancy diving into gourmet seafood on an island escape that’s close to home? The perfect weekend awaits you on the Channel Islands…

The light-filled entrance to The Club Hotel & Spa

Jersey is an island full of surprises, despite being just five miles long and nine miles wide. A mere hop, skip and a jump from the mainland (or more prosaically, less than an hour by air), the largest of the Channel Islands offers beaches, history, seafood and sunshine – 342 more hours of sunlight annually than any other place in the British Isles, to be precise! Far closer to France than England, it feels familiar yet with a continental twist.

Our base for the weekend is The Club Hotel & Spa in the heart of the capital, St Helier. Unusually for this bustling built-up town where space is at a premium, there’s free parking if you’re planning to hire a car to explore the more rural areas and coast, and both an outdoor pool and sunny terrace, and an indoor pool and spa.

Rooms are decorated in chic contemporary neutrals, huge feather beds are dressed with luxe Frette linens, and you’ll find Elemis toiletries in the sleek granite bathrooms. But the real attraction here is the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant, Bohemia.

On our first night, we have a drink in the glamorous cocktail bar first; the hotel has a unique rose spirit, Lanique, which makes an excellent cocktail base. Moving through to the restaurant, we pass under a playful chandelier of champagne glasses, a sign of things to come – no solemn temple to food, but a combining of sophistication with a relaxed ambience.

Tamsin enjoying the ‘ice cream parlour’ dessert at Bohemia
Local turbot with seaweed beurre blanc

The friendly staff tells us we can pick and mix dishes from the three tasting menus (pescatarian, veggie or omnivore). I decide to go fish all the way and what a treat it proves to be. Chef Callum Graham is a master at work, transforming local produce into culinary works of art and cleverly balancing flavours and textures without overwhelming the purity of the ingredients. From a warm and wobbly Jersey brown crab panna cotta with pear sorbet on to cured and torched local mackerel, followed by turbot with grapes and a stunning seaweed beurre blanc, every mouthful is a delight. Wine pairings by sommelier Jude are unusual and explorat

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