Tasting Room – A new ‘adventure in food and wine’
Described as a ‘modern adventure in food and wine’ for Jersey is the recently launched The Tasting Room at The Atlantic Hotel’s Ocean Restaurant by Executive Chef Will Holland.
Building on the long-established reputation of Ocean Restaurant, the Tasting Room exclusively showcases Tasting Menus by Will Holland and has been very well received by guests.
Fit out contractors for the project to create The Tasting Room were Bryce Robinson Ltd, Fresh Floors, Peter Blampied Curtains, S Carre Electrics and Whittinghams Interiors, and the design was a collaboration between the in-house team and Emily Musker of Waddington Interiors.
Joining The Atlantic in late 2017, Will Holland brings a new era of dining to the hotel. Having first worked in Michelin-starred restaurants at the age of 18, he was awarded a Michelin star before he was 30 and has been recognised by The Good Food Guide as one of its predicted 10 most influential chefs in the next decade.
Hosting just 14 covers, guests in The Tasting Room’s intimate space are treated to a seven-course tasting menu, offering an extraordinary celebration of the very best local ingredients and finest produce sourced from Jersey and its waters.
Paired wine flights specially selected by the hotel’s new food and beverage manager, Jaroslav Sedlacek provide the perfect accompaniment to this carefully crafted new dining experience. Highlights of the menu include Jersey turbot fillet with yoghurt, coriander and teriyaki and salt baked Jersey Royal potatoes served with onions, capers and comte.
Patrick Burke, Owner and Managing Director, The Atlantic Hotel said: “We are very proud that over many years, Ocean Restaurant and the island of Jersey have become synonymous with the finest produce, great food and exceptional dining experiences.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue to develop this reputation with the launch of The Tasting Room. Showcasing both Will’s passion for local ingredients and the rich talents of his brigade, our guests are treated to a truly memorable gastronomic experience.
“The vision was to upgrade the space formerly known as the Italian Room (a private dining room) and relaunch it as the Tasting Room to extend the hotel’s culinary offering.”
Key elements of the design are painted walls, a timber floor, simple but stylish voiles, LED ceiling lights with mood settings and feature wall lights as well as a bespoke glass display unit, all forming a sophisticated and elegant backdrop to the dining experience.
The most challenging aspect of the project was the creation of a bespoke glass display unit which comprises a wall-mounted panelled mirror with glass shelves.
This makes a feature of the Riedel wine glasses and decanters that are used by the sommelier team during service for the wine pairings which accompany the tasting menu.
The Tasting Room represents the latest step in The Atlantic Hotel’s culinary journey and builds on the long-established reputation of Ocean Restaurant. It adds an extra dimension to Ocean where tasting menus can now be showcased in a unique and exclusive environment. This gives diners a choice of dining experiences and encourages in-house guests to eat at the hotel more than once during their stay.
The Tasting Room is also the perfect size for smaller groups and can be let for exclusive use as an intimate private dining room for up to 20 guests. The rebranding and repositioning of the space is a key element in the hotel’s plan to grow the events side of the business which is particularly important out of season.
Patrick Burke concluded: “The contractors did a good job and are all members of a highly professional team of specialists who have served the hotel for many years.
“We are pleased with the result of the project and The Tasting Room has been very well received by hotel guests and islanders coming to Ocean Restaurant for a special experience.”