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25 Aug 2017

Channel Islands restaurants listed in The Good Food Guide 2018

Good Food Guide 2018 Cover

The Good Food Guide (GFG), published by Waitrose, is a guide to the very best restaurants
and eateries across Britain and is highly regarded by chefs and diners.

For the first time in five years, the guide has announced a new ‘number one restaurant’. The
restaurant awarded the top spot in The Good Food Guide 2018 is Restaurant Nathan Outlaw
in Cornwall. It has also achieved a perfect score of ten for the second year running.

Bohemia in Jersey is the only restaurant in the Channel Islands to be featured in the guide’s
top 50 restaurants, sitting just outside the top 10 at number 11 - it received a score of eight. A
score of eight in the guide shows 'a kitchen cooking close to or at the top of its game.
Highly individual with impressive artistry. There is little room for disappointment here.’

Speaking about Bohemia, Waitrose Good Food Guide editor, Elizabeth Carter said;

“Steve Smith’s generous, adventurous food employs a fascinating range of technique, and
when a dining room is run by prompt, interested and engaging staff, the whole experience
seems flawless. There are more menu formats that there are days in the week and what
arrives is dynamic and inexhaustibly creative to the last mouthful. From butter-roasted turbot
to white chocolate coated popcorn mousse, their style of cooking refuses the easy cliche". 

Paul Le Brocq’s The Green Olive re-enters the guide this year after a calamitous fire forced a
closure. The refurbished restaurant now boasts a score of 3 with the Good Food Guide
commenting, 'Balancing the sort of mass appeal that most customers expect at this price
point with dishes that stand out for the right reasons is extremely difficult, so what a pleasant
surprise it is to find Green Olive getting it absolutely right.'

Other Jersey restaurants listed in the guide include Sumas, Ocean Restaurant, Oyster Box,
Green Island Restaurant, Ormer, Tassili, Mark Jordan at the Beach and Longueville Manor.

In Guernsey the restaurants that were listed in the guide are La Fregate and Da Nello.

A place in the guide represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in
The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback.

Speaking about the Channel Islands restaurants’ Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor,
Elizabeth Carter said:

Jersey restaurants
Sumas (cooking score 2):
‘Service maintains a tone of relaxed affinity, while chef Dany Lancaster supplies the
modern British brio.’

Ocean Restaurant (new chef/no score):
“An air of old-school ‘posh’ pervades the Atlantic Hotel, a high-profile holiday
playground complete with spectacular sea views, subtropical palm trees and a
Hockney-esque azure swimming pool - plus a swanky full-dress restaurant done out
in maritime shades. Long-serving chef Mark Jordan is to step down in October 2017,
to be replaced by Will Holland, from Coast in Pembrokeshire.”

Oyster Box (cooking score 3):
“An expansive room extending from a mosaic-tiled bar to gallery windows overlooking
St Brelade’s Bay, with a broad terrace for outdoor dining, expresses the Oyster Box’s
umbilical link to the sea, and seafood remains very much its centre of gravity.”

Green Island Restaurant (local gem):
“Named after a grass-topped rock off shore, Green Island beach is a corker, and this
restaurant and beach hut is as much a part of the landscape as the golden sand.”

The Green Olive (cooking score 3):
“Plenty of island produce makes its way into modern fusion cooking that retains a
strong bistro element, brought off with appreciable verve and generosity.”

Ormer (cooking score 5):
“Secreted on a narrow street in St Helier’s business district, Ormer is Shaun Rankin’s
smartly impressive go-to venue for modern European cooking. With seating in
mustard leather and blue suede, and a frontage opening out into the Jersey sunshine,
the place has relaxation down to a fine art.”

Tassili (cooking score 5):
“Nicolas Valmagna makes a resourceful splash with contemporary Anglo-French
cooking in a number of tasting formats - Land and Sea, Jerriais (Jersey produce all
the way to a local cheese) and vegetarian - as well as a three-course carte.”

Mark Jordan at the Beach (cooking score 3):
“Nautical trinkets, wicker chairs and seaside artwork create a backdrop that’s tailor-
made for the holiday crowd as well as Jersey locals, and the cooking follows suit –
although Jordan’s pedigree guarantees that even the signature burgers are a cut
above.”

Longueville Manor (cooking score 5):
“Its career as a country house hotel under the Lewis family began in the early 1980s
and hasn’t missed a beat, not least as a result of the long incumbency of Andrew
Baird in the kitchens.”

Guernsey restaurants
La Fregate (cooking score 4):
“All agree that the location of this extended 18th-century manor house is superb, set high on a
hill overlooking the harbour. Longstanding chef Neil Maginnis sails confidently through the
tricky waters of modern cuisine.”

Da Nello (local gem):
“With rough granite walls, exposed ships’ timbers and a lovely covered courtyard, this
converted 15th-century building has bags of character to match its capably executed Italian
food.”

*The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose on 4 September.  The 2018 edition is the
fifth GFG to be published by the supermarket. RRP £17.99.
 

Notes to editors
Waitrose - winner of Best Food Retailer at the Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards -
currently has 355 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 64
convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop - dedicated
to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of
customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight
shops which operate under licence in the MiddleEast. Waitrose omni channel business
includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops
including waitrosecellar.com for wine.

For further information, please contact:
Megan Thoume at Orchard PR on 01481 251251 or megan@orchardpr.com or karla.graves@waitrose.co.uk

Information and prices correct at time of release.  Waitrose customer enquiry number is 0800 188 884.

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