I’m a secret fan of traditional little places, with old fashioned service and an air of quaintness. There’s just something about these kind of places that tends to give rise to real customer service, the kind that is so rare these days.
Luckily for me, I found another Jersey gem recently, which delivers just that! The Greenhills Country Hotel & Restaurant. Part of the Seymour Hotels Group, the Greenhills Hotel boasts an award winning AA restaurant and is set in the peaceful surroundings of St Peter’s Parish.
I am definitely going back to experience that pool on a warmer day, but first, dinner! My friend and I came for a Sunday treat, starting with a little drink in the bar first.
The hotel has not long since had a bit of a facelift, and it shows. The bar is cleverly decorated, with wood and copper features, and a few modern touches to bring it up to date.
After having a little nosy around the garden and the other sitting room areas, we noticed the owners had still managed to maintain the old fashioned charm and stayed true to the buildings roots, part of the buildings foundations date back to 1674!
After a relaxing drink in the bar, the very patient manageress came over to offer us menu’s. I say patient, as we were operating on ‘Sunday time’ and still in the bar when we should really have been at our table some time before!
As you probably all know (because I’ve said it a million times) I’m a bit of a fussy eater. Often when I go to a restaurant, I only really fancy one of the starters or mains, I never have a struggle to decide between them. This time however, was a welcome change. I think there were at least 4 or 5 options I would happily have chosen, bravo Greenhills!
First up, we were treated to an amuse bouche of Tuna sushi, not my favourite given that I hate sushi, but great for my friend!
I chose Asian style prawns, noodle salad, lemongrass jelly and coriander emulsion for my starter. This was nice and really fresh, but the prawns could have done with a bit more flavour, I expected the dish to have hot, marinated prawns if I’m honest, but it was still good.
My friend opted for the Antipasti platter, artichokes, rocket salad and tomato chutney. Simple and effective. Can we also just take a moment to appreciate the crockery? I love these dark plates, I may have to treat myself to a set!
Next up for my friend, Pink duck breast, celeriac puree, bok choy and five spiced jus. Succulent duck and a great combo with bok choy, such an underused vegetable.
I opted for Corn fed chicken breast, parsley puree, chard grilled sweetcorn and sweetbreads. The dish is a nice combination, minus sweetbreads which really aren’t to my taste, but otherwise it was tasty.
The best dish of the evening and the one we both chose for dessert, was the Malibu and coconut cheesecake with pineapple ice-cream. Light and summery with a taste that reminded me of sipping cocktails on a beach on holiday, what more could you ask for?
We finished with a final drink in the bar and a quick nosy at the guest book, which is under the watchful eye of the hotels mascot, the bronze hare.
If you haven’t sampled the restaurant at Greenhills Country House Hotel yet, definitely give it a go and let me what your favourite dish is?
Find them here….
A: Greenhills Country House Hotel, Mont de L’Ecole, St Peter, JE3 7EL
T: +44 (0) 1534 481 042