Samphire

4.5
560 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Relaxed yet polished, Samphire is more than just a place for special occasions. Paying homage to fresh produce, Chef Lee Smith and his team of dedicated chefs have created a series of contemporary menus and meticulously crafted plates. This creativity continues through to the killer cocktail list with twists on the classics.
Samphire offers all-day dining options in the main restaurant, a beautiful Private Dining Room, an al fresco terrace, 2 intimate bars, and an all-weather rooftop garden. Whether you fancy a Relaxed Saturday brunch, leisurely breakfast, a quick coffee, a lunch meeting, light afternoon snacks, cheeky drinks or a tantalising dinner, Samphire is the place to be.



“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Wolf


Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
British, French, Contemporary European
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9am - late
Saturday: 10.30am - late
Sunday: CLOSED

Breakfast: 9am – 11am (Mon-Fri)
Lunch: 12noon – 2.15pm (Mon-Fri)
Brunch: 10:30am - 2.15pm (Saturdays)
Afternoon: 2:15pm - 6:30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm – late (Mon-Sat)
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Phone number
01534 725100
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Lee Smith
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Private Party Facilities
The sophisticated private dining room enjoys all its own facilities and private service and can accommodate up to 14 diners. The space can be combined with the adjoining private bar to cater for a drinks and canapes party for up to 50 guests. The private areas are all located on the first floor.
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Private Party Contact
Kate Stephan: 01534 725100
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Catering
Sublime cuisine beautifully crafted by chef Lee Smith. Delivering for all palates from the more casual grazing foods on the bar snack menu, to the divine a la carte, the small but perfectly formed breakfast choices and the popular set menus. Mainly British and French influence.
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Public Transit
Taxis and cars can drive up and drop guests right outside the front door of the restaurant.
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Special Events & Promotions
The entire restaurant can be hired for a special event although significant advance notice is required.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 560 People Are Saying
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Brighton
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended for the Oysterfest as we were promised as advertised on the website, the following:

Oyster Bar – Every Saturday

Our oyster bar will be open on the front terrace every Saturday for the month between 2pm and 3pm. Watch one of our chefs shuck fresh oysters and select from a range of accompanying sauces. It doesn’t get much fresher than that!

Unfortunately, there was a table set up but nothing happened the duration we were there (from 1.45-just gone 3). It was quiet and other than being served an oyster menu, you would have had no idea there was an “oysterfest” going on. Equally, I returned to Samphire with a different group in the evening, prior to dinner at a nearby establishment, and visited for a cocktail on the top terrace, expecting a resident DJ, but nobody in sight? Felt like I had perhaps got the wrong date for Oysterfest or I was a tad early.

I do love Samphire (or Ormer as it was when I had last visited) as a restaurant itself which is why I have rated food, etc well (the oysters we had WERE EXCELLENT, as was the perfectly chilled glass of Chablis) but the decision to attend on a Saturday was based purely on the reason I wanted to enjoy “Oysterfest” and I think the advertisement made expectations higher than what was delivered in reality.

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DF
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal, faultless ! Under the new management the restaurant is now back on track and going from strength to strength.

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PT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A very enjoyable evening, the staff were very attentive whilst not being overburdening, food was delicious, recommend the £36 bottle of Rioja!

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DY
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

While the food was excellent, best pasta I have tasted, the service did not meet expectations. We ordered wine and this turned up as a bottle but we ordered it by the glass. We were halfway through our meal before the wint arrived.

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B
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual dinner for two early septembre weekday : the restaurant is not fully booked and staff is friendly and relaxed
With recent new ownership, the menu is more Classic Jersey type of food than before
I had crab tagliatelle and lobster thermidor and both dishes were close to perfection
Price is correct given the very high standard of food and venue.

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LM
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Delicious food but service was fairly unfriendly and the atmosphere was flat as a pancake

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JW
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best meal I have had in Jersey, although it was a special occasion and I don't normally splash out that much on a meal, but it was truly worth it. It was actually very good value for money. Will be back to try the taster menu at some point. The food and service was excellent. If it's not got a michelin star, it should have! There was a really good mix of price options on the menu too, which means that you can eat there affordably. Really excellent - can't fault it.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime I go there it’s outstanding. My favorite restaurant in Jersey!

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A
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn’t think it could get any better than Ormer but it was, only thing that could make it better would be a soufflé

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JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb quality food and very good relaxed attentive service

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food excellent service perfect atmosphere finding parking can be a bit of a problem sometimes though but otherwise excellent.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Samphire is dining perfection. Exquisite food and wine, serene ambiance, professional,friendly and attentive service,without the snobby air you sometimes find in top end restaurants. The only downside is we don't live in Jersey to be able to dine there more often.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sophisticated cuisine but in a very relaxed, bright and contemporary environment with pleasantly attentive staff with none of the obsequiousness that can sadly all too often be a feature of top-end dining establishments!
Only slight criticism - the way the menu was set- out was somewhat confusing and apparently haphazard and did take us a while to get to grips with ( perhaps a lack of sophistication on our part?!!)

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CW
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, lovely attentive and friendly staff, relaxed but special surroundings, perfect ambience. Only downside no reasonable lower priced wine.

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WL
London
10 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous family lunch special day.
Thank you

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MH
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! from the first connection with Events and Marketing Manager our booking ran so smoothly. Extremely friendly although professional approach. The food was outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant and looking forward to our next event.

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KP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Samphire with friends for a special occasion and the whole experience was outstanding. It's a beautiful restaurant and everything we ate and drank was wonderful. The service was exceptional too and we loved the terrace too. Thank you!

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CT
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

With most tasting menus there are generally a couple of stand out dishes. On this occasion it would have been unfair to single out any course, the quality was superb throughout with an excellent selection of paired wines, the two dessert wines in particular. The service was a little patchy initially, but nothing to complain about and probably not helped by members of our party not being ready when the staff were. A thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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GM
London
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, elegantly presented with superb service that’s not overly stuffy

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K
West Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Really wanted to try Samphire for our wedding anniversary.
Husbands starter of foie gras was excellent but crab was tasteless.
Both chose lobster Thermidor for main course. This was really dry with an overwhelming flavour of fennel. Not the silky, brandy, mustard, light cheese classic we were expecting at all. So disappointing.
Jersey royals would have been perfect if cooked. They were hard throughout the centres.
Expensive meal which we would not have minded had the food been spot on.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

The music was too loud for a nice calming restaurant, it was fairly loud anyway as it was busy and then in the background was some really heavy music! It was actually giving us a headache.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our 25th Wedding Anniversary meal at Samphire. Truly stunning evening!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good service and it’s my birthday I’ve got a birthday cake which was lovely.

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OT
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Date night

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P
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Samphire needs to decide whether it is a casual everyday restaurant or a fine dining experience. It is currently trying to be both and risks satisfying nobody. The menu is both confused and confusing, and whilst the chef can clearly cook there is one ingredient too many on most of the dishes (including lots of hazelnuts on two different starters which were not mentioned on the menu description of either). Although the menu is long - too long - it was surprisingly difficult to find something appealing without defaulting to the safe (i.e. boring) option of steak or lobster. At £100 per person (admittedly including a £50 lobster and chips main course, although the lobster was small) it was too expensive to encourage repeat dining or to recommend to friends. The fact that the fire alarm went off intermittently all evening was unfortunate, but the staff dealt with this well and a glass of complimentary champagne by way of apology was welcome. Overall a pleasant enough evening but I will not be rushing back.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Wonderful food and service. Quiet for a Thursday which was a shame.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and ambience were excellent, food was nicely presented.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in we felt we were going to have a great evening. We had more or less decided in advance to have the tasting menu, and a quick glance at the menu confirmed this. The menu was well balanced and imaginative, and the cooking and presentation faultless. Service was friendly and efficient. What really made the evening special was the way in which the sommelier adapted the wine flight to give us the opportunity to try wines we would almost certainly have never selection from the list.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My party thoroughly enjoyed our evening. A really friendly welcome flowed through to knowledgable and friendly staff. The menu had plenty of choice, my only dislike is the price of the lobster for the size of the portion. I don’t feel it’s good value. I had the risotto and it was delicious and a really good portion.
Can’t wsit to return

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KV
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was spectacular. I had the crab started which was delicious and Monkfish for main again amazing. We were a table of six and we all said they were the best chips we have ever tasted. The puddings were so so good, again the chocolate fondant was the best we had ever ever had ! Will be going back and highly recommend this restaurant.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. This restaurant just gets better and better under new ownership. Excellent menu and very attentive staff.

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MT
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Very disappointed. When Ormer last year was excellent . But this time less so. Service good but my steak and 4 large chips was so salty I could not finish it.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Am absolutely outstanding restaurant - the food was delicious and the staff couldn’t have done more for us.

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YP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and quality food. Expensive but good value. Great for couples

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JH
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu with some fantastically matched wines. Great ambience and fantastic service. Not cheap but if you’re prepared to pay you’ll enjoy. Will be back.

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WB
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Lovely restaurant. Could not fault it at all and we will certainly be back.

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JG
London
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food.

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DH
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice food, and lovely dining room. Would definitely recommend.

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c
Essex
17 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I went to see how the rebrand from Ormer worked , had it changed was it different . The answer was not in a material way . Excellent starter , good wine , main just average . Very quiet for a Friday night .
I left feelin what's really changed , the answer very little. I was always under impressed by Ormer and I left with pretty much the same feeling. A feeling of missed opportunity

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j
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and creative dishes, smallish portions which I like, beautifully presented, friendly smiling but deferential staff.

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