Ormer – Memorable Michelin Star Dining in Jersey

We’d heard great things about Ormer, Shaun Rankin’s Michelin starred restaurant in Jersey, so we were delighted to be invited to sample the cuisine there. Located conveniently in a pedestrianized street in the capital, St Helier, it has a welcoming terrace for al fresco dining and a secret roof terrace with a humidor for cigar fans. There’s also a private dining room and bar available for private hire on the second floor.

Ormer Shaun Rankin
A short cab ride from our hotel, Longueville Manor, it has been designed by one of London’s leading interior designers, Martin Brudnizki. The interior is a elegant blend of ochre and blue. I loved the blue velvet Chesterfield sofa, and the semi open-plan kitchen.
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Ormer St HelierShaun Rankin is well-known internationally, having gained his first Michelin star in 2005 and spending 18 years in Jersey, promoting the local cuisine. The island is particularly renowned for its dairy produce, potatoes and fruit and vegetables. Ormer Restaurant opened in 2013 and gained its Michelin star within four months of opening. So we were expecting great things, and we weren’t disappointed. I chose crab cannelloni as my starter, which you can see was beautifully presented. Accompanied by mango and a pink grapefruit salad, with chilli water vinaigrette, the acidity of the fruit balanced the freshness of the local crab perfectly.

Ormer starter
Mr. Luxe opted for the Jersey lobster ravioli, with scallops, ginger, a coriander, crab and tomato bisque and puffed black rice. The crunchiness of the black rice offset the delicate flavour of the lobster and scallops extremely well and the bisque sauce was bursting with flavour.

Ormer main course
Continuing my Summer health kick, my main was turbot with a pine nut crust, cauliflower salad, samphire and sea purslane. I hadn’t tried the latter before – it’s an edible shrub that you find in coastal dunes and salt marshes, and the leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. They had a lovely saltiness and crunchy texture, and though I’m not usually a fan of cauliflower, Shaun has converted me!

Ormer entree
My companion went for the hearty duck breast, with an unusual pistachio crumb, buckwheat and celeriac. Served with a succulent citrus glaze, it was a well balanced dish that was filling but not heavy in the slightest.

Ormer main course
He chose cheese rather than dessert – a creamy Camembert with orange marmalade, pecan nuts, milk foam and salt caramel. The milk foam was a really innovative addition, as was the salt caramel. The pecan nuts and marmelade continued the sweet theme, making this a fascinating cross between a savoury and sweet dish.

Ormer Camembert
Finally, we shared the treacle tart with macerated raspberries and clotted cream ice cream. I loved the balance of sweet treacle and tart raspberries and the clotted cream ice cream melted in the mouth.

Ormer dessert
We took our coffee at Ormer’s cosy adjacent bar, which has stunning floor tiles and a cosy atmosphere. There’s even a deli next door, in case you wish to buy food for a picnic. Our coffee was served with some delicious petits fours, mini macarons and truffles on a bed of chocolate “soil”. Don’t worry, it’s all edible!
Ormer bar area

I’d definitely recommend Ormer if you’re visiting Jersey, it’s highly accomplished cooking but in a relaxed atmosphere. Shaun Rankin is one of the team behind the hotly anticipated private business club, 12 Hay Hill in Mayfair – I can’t wait to visit. Have you ever been to Jersey, and what did you think of the local gastronomy?

Ormer Restaurant & Bar, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands JE2 4TQ

  • The food looks really good!


  • Angie SilverSpoon

    Looks like a really fantastic meal, I love the look of the lobster ravioli.

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    • That was one of our favourites too, all the seafood is so fresh in Jersey

  • Yum, this looks amazing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • It was a memorable meal, Melanie – that’s lots of m’s!

  • This looks like an incredible meal – particularly the lobster ravioli and the duck. I must add this to my list for this summer when I head to Jersey!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

    • You definitely should Lauren, I hope that you have an amazing time. I’ll be writing about some of the places to visit on the island soon

  • Jersey Girl

    So glad you enjoyed it Suze, what a great write up, making me hungry! x Jersey Girl x http://www.jerseygirl.com

    • It was delicious, you’re lucky to experience all that lovely local produce throughout the year!

  • That camembert photo is making me melt! #WANT I almost never choose cheese for dessert, but I should.

    • Same here, though I love roquefort so when that’s on the menu I can’t resist!

  • Paola

    Incredible dishes. I love the presentation!!!!!
    xo Paola
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    • Their presentation was fantastic, Paola – very Instagram worthy!

  • If I ever get to Jersey I know where to head to! 🙂

    • Hope that you do get to visit, think it would be right up your street Becky – stunning coastline and very compact so you can cram a lot into a short time

  • Michèle

    wow. that food looks amazing


  • I saw a photo of this on instagram actually – made me think that the little oranges look like goldfish! It all looks yummy!

  • I envy you, Suze. You get to dine in all these fancy places and still maintain your waistline.

  • Your dress is stunning Suze such a beautiful colour. I really enjoyed Jersey when I visited. The restaurant looks stunning the design is beautiful and well the food, turbot with a pine nut crust looks wonderful. I am glad you had a wonderful time Lucy x

    • I got the dress that very afternoon in Jersey – I loved the turbot with a pine nut crust, gave it a great crunch!

  • Lobster ravioli and a good duck dish…I have a feeling I would love this place! You look super glam as always Suze 🙂
    Polly xx

    • Coming from a glamazon like yourself Polly, that’s very kind

  • Andrea Petersen

    Mmm that food looks tip top – I would have been all over that lobster ravioli and treacle tart! Those petits fours would also have been demolished in a heart beat, haha 🙂 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

    • By the time we got to the petits fours we were struggling but waste not want not!

  • What a great space + everything looks yummy!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • It’s really nicely decorated, and the food was fantastic too

  • Love, love, love your dress!!! When the hubby and I were in London last we stayed in Mayfair (the London office of his work is based there)–pressed for time, so we didn’t make it to Jersey, but on the next trip I’m definitely going to suggest this place to him! Looks like something we would both immensely enjoy:-)

    • Thanks very much, I had to find a dress just before we went to dinner as we stayed out all day so I managed to get into a shop just before it was closing and had 5 minutes to find something, try it on and pay! I think you’d love Jersey and let me know if you’re ever coming to London again

  • I like the interior and the food looks absolutely amazing!


    • It’s the sort of interior where you feel very relaxed, and the food was equally lovely

  • ♫ Alison M ♪

    What a lovely looking place and the food looks fabulous. I would love to visit Jersey

    • I hope that you get the chance to visit, Alison – it was as quick for us to get to as to go to Oxford!

  • Agness

    Guys, you not only look amazing, but the food is so delicious! I am literally licking my screen. This piece of cake looks absolutely yummy yummy!

    • Oh that is so kind Agness! The cake was delicious indeed. Love your blog by the way, you always come up with interesting articles

  • Beauty Follower

    Wow the food in the first photo is a piece of art!

    Such an adorable dress you are wearing, the colour suits you so well 🙂


    • I agree, the crab canellonni does look like a work of art! I’d been walking around all day so quickly grabbed a dress in a local department store since I didn’t want to look out of place in the restaurant – actually some people were quite dressed down

  • Jamie RS

    i love the food presentation! it looks so appetizing! 🙂

    Love Peace and Shimmer

    • It was really well put together, I loved the “chocolate soil” at the end!

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  • Gary J Berry

    This is my kind of restaurant! Looks rather delicious. I really need to visit Jersey. So obsessed with visiting the rest of Europe you forget about places closer to home with just as much charm.

    • That’s a really good point Gary, and actually it does have a certain exoticism with the mix of French and English

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