‘Tis the season for staycations and weekend breaks and I’ve got a great one to start off your island adventures.
Welcome to The Old Court House Inn, St Aubins. Now under the direction of new general manager, Jenny Deahl and with some exciting new plans in store, you’re going to want to pay them a visit in the coming months.
I was invited along a few weeks ago to experience their winter special offer, Wine, Dine & Duvet. The special offer includes an overnight stay in their beautiful rooms, dinner for two from their special set menu and a bottle of wine, for only £120.
Deciding this was the perfect way to wind down after a long week, my friend and I packed up a bag and headed to St Aubins straight after work on a Friday.
Perched overlooking St Aubins harbour, the brilliant white building stands proudly looking out to sea, in the same spot it has been for quite some time. In fact, parts of the building date back 400 years, the granite newel staircase is one of the finest examples of its kind housed within a tourelle in Jersey.
Take a stroll around the hotel and you will find beautiful brickwork throughout, with original markings on the fire places from the chap who placed them there, although admittedly he appears to have gotten his initials wrong in the breakfast room!
The rooms are seriously well appointed, each with their own individual style and décor. Pleased to discover Jersey Girl had been allocated the Jersey Suite, we climbed the stairs, wound our way through the corridors and emerged into one of the cosiest rooms I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in.
Even with the hearty home touches, these rooms don’t fail to live up to modern standards, with digital radio for you to connect your playlist to, a TV above the amazing bathtub and electronically controlled curtains.
We thought this was well worth a toast with none other than the general manager herself! Chatting to Jenny, we discovered she has some great plans in store for the OCH over the coming months and she was kind enough to give us a little peek into the future!
Just under the restaurant, you will find the very quaint Westward Pub, which is where Jenny plans to host many of her fabulous events and theme nights. These ideas include a Murder Mystery Night, themed foodie nights such as Mexican & Curry nights. Coming up soon you can join in with Christmas Jumper & Quiz nights and family friendly game nights – who doesn’t love a bit of competitive spirit over the Christmas season?!
Although some of these ideas are very much in the planning stage, I suggest you follow them on Facebook to be first to know about these events. It’s safe to say it’s going to be an interesting summer at OCH next year!
Hearing all about the future plans for the OCH made us suitably hungry, so we made our way down to the restaurant for dinner, enjoying yet another view out to sea.
To start, we opted for the Chorizo a La Tinto with Fried Hens Egg and Seasonal Vegetable & Haricot Bean Soup. Both were delicious dishes and very filling, although we may also have overdone it on the fresh bread beforehand.
Welfare Pork Rib Eye Steak & Black Pudding Croquette followed for me, with the most amazing velvet mash potatoes. No, I didn’t lick the plate, but the thought may have crossed my mind!
My friend opted for Confit of Duck, Marmalade Sauté Potatoes and an Orange & Walnut Salad. Yet another perfectly executed dish, and practically healthy if you really think about it.
Dessert was hardly a surprising choice for either of us, where there’s a cheese board, you’ll find Jersey Girl. A great way to finish a great dinner, which is also incredible value!
We rounded off our evening with a stroll around the harbour, a quick drink at a local pub and a late-night dip in the Jacuzzi on our own private terrace. Yep, you heard that right, the Jersey Suite has it all.
Our night time bubbles completely exhausted us and we were soon tucked up in the fluffiest of beds, sleeping extremely soundly. I cannot express how comfortable the beds were, it was the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages!
If you are visiting Jersey on business, the hotel actually offers brilliant corporate rates for regular visitors. As I travel a lot for business myself, I can assure you, this is the perfect place to stay to get a completely undisturbed sleep. You can also enjoy a run or walk across the beach to work the next day, or just hop on a bus around the bay which will only take 15 minutes – well worth it for a decent night’s sleep!
Waking up was just as pleasant as going to sleep, with an absolutely stunning view to admire through the gigantic window overlooking the bay. The toughest decision we had to make, was whether to get in the Jacuzzi before or after breakfast.
Breakfast won us over in the end and we pottered down for a strong cup of tea and a gorgeous full English, served alongside a super warm greeting from the friendly team. The breakfast room was flooded with sunlight, such an amazing way to wake up.
An even better way to complete the waking up process, was with yet another dip in the Jacuzzi and a Mimosa to ring in the weekend, before we finally admitted to ourselves that it was time to check out of our one night paradise.
There’s so much more to explore at the OCH. If you haven’t already found a gift for your special someone, an overnight stay here in the Jersey Suite comes highly recommended for Christmas!
To find out if there’s still space for you to get in, get in touch with the hotel quick, I suspect they will book up rather quickly.
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