Guernsey is renowned as having excellent standards in terms of wining and dining experiences, with local, freshly caught seafood a real speciality. The local restaurants range from beach-side cafes to exclusive dining including a Michelin starred eatery. A very popular treat with visitors and local alike is having fish and chips at Cobo beach and watching the sunset, often a really magnificent sight.
Guernsey Dining Specialities
There are a wide variety of locally caught seafood on offer and lobster, crab and sole are a Guernsey speciality, in addition to ormers which are exclusive to the Channel Islands. Guernsey icecream, as well as Guernsey Gache are definitely worth a try and beanjar is a really traditional meal.
Cristophe’s Restaurant in St. Martin’s, Guernsey
Cristophe’s is the only restaurant in Guernsey with a Michelin star and provides very high quality french forms of cuisine and a variety of wines. Located in Fermain Valley, St. Martins, it is in an beautiful location where one may have a relaxing cliff walk following lunch. For those staying at the four star, Fermain Valley Hotel, Cristophe’s is just one of three different places to eat, attached to the hotel.
Le Nautique Restaurant in St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Along the seafront, with fantastic views across to the other Channel Islands of Herm and Sark, Le Nautique is long-established and famous for its excellent seafood menu. The restaurant is a converted warehouse and is open for both lunch and evening meals.
Mora Restaurant in St. Peter Port, Guernsey
This is arguably one of the finest restaurants on the island and has only been open since 2007. The food is of an exceptionally high standard and on the first floor, one is able to watch the chefs preparing in the open kitchen, in addition to enjoying the spectacular views.
La Fregarte Hotel Restaurant in St. Peter Port, Guernsey
This extremely high quality, upmarket restaurant is a real favourite with many locals and is often also used for business lunches. La Fregarte is well known and has an excellent reputation both internationally as well as locally. Freshly caught lobster and sole as well as various meats are always prepared to an excellent standard and a comprehensive list of the world’s finest wines provide the perfect accompaniment to make an exquisite dining experience.
Da Nello’s Restaurant in St. Peter Port, Guernsey
Last and by no means least, Da Nello’s restaurant is always able to offer dining of a very high standard with excellent, Italian food and local seafood readily available. The atmosphere is friendly, welcoming and one is provided with superb service. Unsurprisingly, Da Nello’s is an extremely popular location for both business lunches and family events
Each of the above Guernsey restaurants are all well worth a visit, particularly in April and October where special, great value menus are offered. In October, the ‘Tenner-fest’, gives one the chance to have anything up to three courses from as little as £10.
Family Holidays in Jersey, Guernsey, Herm & Sark, Channel Islands
Family holidays in the Channel Islands can suit all budgets as one may choose to pitch a tent in a local campsite, stay in a homely B & B, go self-catering in a holiday apartment, or even opt for a luxurious, family-friendly hotel.
How To Get To The Channel Islands
From both France and the England, there are regular sailings to both the larger Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Both of these islands also have good access from many airports in the UK, including London Gatwick, London Stanstead, Birmingham, Southampton and Manchester. There are also links to France and Geneva.
These routes into the Channel Islands are provided by Condor Ferries and the airlines Flybe, Blue Islands and Aurigny. In order to reach the smaller islands of Sark and Herm, regular boats depart Guernsey throughout the day in the visitor season.
What To Do in Jersey, Channel Islands
Families staying in the largest Channel Island of Jersey have a whole range of activities available including the world famous Gerald Durrell, Jersey Zoo. There are also several parks in St Helier, St Brelade and close to Fort Regent, the latter has a leisure centre with many different sports on offer.
The award-winning, Maritime Museum provides interactive entertainment for families with children of all ages and in addition to the many beaches along the Jersey coast line, the Water Maze, at the seafront in St. Helier, is a must for those hot, summer days.
What To Do in Guernsey, Channel Islands
Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands, also has much to offer the whole family and in its bailiwick, the smaller islands of Sark and Herm, are well worth a visit. Herm has beautiful, sandy beaches, no cars and is idyllic for families with children and perfect for a day-trip, or a longer stay. Sark is also car-free and is a great place to hire bikes or even go by horse and cart to explore the whole island.
In Guernsey, there are a wide variety of water-sports on offer, including a Surf School at Vazon bay and windsurfing lessons. The Oatlands Centre, in the north of the island, is an ideal place for families with children as there are outdoor trampolines, indoor jungle gym, outdoor car/bike race track, miniature dolls house museum and a 14-hole miniature golf course.
Each of the Channel Islands has its own unique appeal, therefore, it is a good idea to make use of the fast, regular sailings between Jersey, Guernsey, Herm and Sark, in order to experience all each has to offer. There are so many different family-friendly activities on offer, that one will certainly be spoilt for choice. If keeping busy is not on one’s agenda, then relaxing on a quiet, peaceful beach is always possible; especially in Guernsey.
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