The Boat House is part of a small chain in Jersey; I’ve previously reviewed its sister opposite, The Spice House.

It’s a modern building on the edge of St Aubin’s harbour but a lot of care has been taken to disguise this new build effect, which is great as it manages to just set if apart from identikit London wine bar.

It also has a remarkable view as my photo below attests to which guarantees more than nil pois in any review.

I visited there twice in the course of a weekend; first up to have a drink at sundown with friends – I enjoyed a well kept pint if the local Liberation.

We returned a couple days later because on a Monday lunchtime pretty much everything, off season, is closed – especially in St Brelade where we had walked along a coastal path to from Corbiere lighthouse.

Knowing The Boat House was open, we popped in and dined with the same view as the earlier night.

Service was, leisurely. I didn’t care as not in a hurry (and slipped back quickly into my Devon born and bred laissez faire approach) but your stereotypical Londoner unaccustomed to such ways may well get agitated at The Boat House.

A good £15 set menu was offered, but we opted for the full menu as wanted different starters and were indifferent about pudding. This was a great choice; the salt and pepper tempura battered squid was brilliant.

Granted, the batter could’ve done with 10 seconds more frying to crisp it up but that would’ve been at the expense of the squid inside being cooked to perfection. The squid rings are as huge as you’d think from the photo too. The accompanying spiced mayo worked brilliantly too.

Main for me was a burger with skin on fries; well executed though could’ve been a little more decadent in its size in my opinion. That was made up for by a large portion of excellent fries, subtlety tinged with an exotic tinge of a fresh oil used for other dishes (notably the Thai sharing platter I would suggest) which is nice.

Add to that a reasonably priced wine list, with some good bottles on there, a view, and for the roaming visitor, free wifi, and you’ve got the ingredients for a good experience!!

The Boat House
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