Travel: The Club Hotel and Spa, Jersey
The Club Hotel and Spa, Jersey.
Green Street, St Helier.
Rue des Trois Pigeons, read the street sign high on the side of a pastel building - though my brogues were firmly planted on British soil.
An hour-long flight from Gatwick was all it took for my pal and I to touch down on Jersey, bound for The Club Hotel and Spa in St Helier. Ideal for the Bank Holiday.
The French influence on the island is everywhere - snippets of language in shops, quaint streets and patisseries (CocoRico Cafe is one to watch out for).
But after enduring a flight delay and landing in the rain, there was only one indulgence from across the Channel that was needed on arrival. That was the 11-course, partially Gallic, Prestige Tasting Menu devised by head chef Steve Smith, served up in the venue's Michelin-starred Bohemia restaurant.
Each small plate was a delicious surprise. Silky smooth butternut sauce poured over a quail's egg was refreshing yet indulgent while summer vegetable salad was as pretty as a picture.
However, they were eclipsed by Jersey scallops with smoked eel - simply one of the best things I've ever tasted.
After more than three hours of foodie fare we were both ready to settle into the plump pillows of our spacious beds.
Our accommodation was at the heart of the action, so very convenient for at trip to Banjo's in town for cocktails the following evening,
The hotel's tranquil Club Spa is an ideal place to top up your manicure or pedicure after a dip in the pool.
My moss green Jessica polish pedi, applied after a foot massage, was completed with expert care and included soothing oils and heat boots for maximum relaxation.
Despite Jersey's French accent, we rounded off our stay with a quintessentially English tradition.
Fresh classic sandwiches of brie and salmon formed part of the hotel's afternoon tea but it was the patisserie - whipped up head pastry chef Ellen de Jager - that stole the show.
A generous black cherry and chocolate delight was sweet, moist and light while the cute Gariguette strawberry and mint iced lolly cleansed the palate perfectly.
After a two and a half hour delay on the way home, I hoped against hope chef Steve's Prestige (Part Two), would be lying in wait. Instead, it was a rather soggy salad.
Go to theclubjersey.com.