Green Olive rises from ashes to a Good Food Guide listing
A POPULAR town restaurant which was gutted by a fire last year is once again due to feature in a list of the best restaurants in the UK.
After the blaze in March 2016, The Green Olive on Anley Street underwent an £80,000 refurbishment before reopening last August.
Paul Le Brocq, who owns the restaurant with his wife Anna, said they are ‘proud’ to be featured in the Good Food Guide 2018 after missing out last year for the first time in five years.
The Good Food Guide is an annual guide which names the best restaurants across the UK and Channel Islands. Restaurants which feature are chosen after a mystery eater visits and marks them on their food and hospitality.
The Green Olive has featured in the guide every year since 2011 but lost out last year as the restaurant was forced to close for five months due to the fire, which broke out just hours before Mrs Le Brocq gave birth to their son Noah.
Mr Le Brocq said: ‘There are about 300 restaurants in Jersey and I think only about nine feature in the guide so it’s a huge achievement for us.
‘This past year has been really hard for us. After the fire there were lots of rumours that we would pack up and not reopen. We have come out of the fire and risen to the challenge and we are proud to be part of the guide and are able to show off all our hard work.’
In the past the small family-owned restaurant has made it to the top five restaurants in the south west region. Local restaurants Sumas, Ocean Restaurant, the Oyster Box, Ormer, Mark Jordan at the Beach and Longueville Manor have all previously featured in the guide.
Mr Le Brocq said: ‘If the big boys can do it and get in the guide then we want to prove we can do it too. I think being in the guide attracts people to the restaurant because they know we meet specialised criteria.’
The guide is due to be published next month.