Although the Channel Islands, a collection of islands in the English Channel, are right next to the coast of Normandy, France, and are technically British Crown dependencies, these islands are proudly independent and self-governing. Guernsey is the second largest of the islands and is home to beautiful coastal views and the bustling city St Peter Port. Guernsey has a number of fantastic restaurants that utilize local ingredients and fresh seafood from around the island. Here are the top 10.
Spend a relaxing evening breathing in the sea air while dining on the upscale food served at Pier 17. The chefs at Pier 17 create unique dishes like lamb rump and black pudding or a spiced aubergine confit made from locally sourced produce. The restaurant’s two terraces that overlook Castle Cornet and the sea provide a romantic atmosphere on a warm summer night. Make sure you save some room for a bite of one of Pier 17’s indulgent desserts, like the white chocolate and Baileys cheesecake or rich dark chocolate tart with a hot mug of coffee or a vintage port.
Located up in Guernsey’s cliffs, The Auberge’s luxurious restaurant is the perfect place to find a view of the sea. The modern cuisine uses seasonal, high quality local produce. The Auberge has appeared on the TV show Britain’s Best Dish, and it was given 2AA Rosettes under current head chef Daniel Green, who was also awarded The Channel Islands Chef of the Year Award. The Auberge is a great place to go to add a refined touch to a business function, a party, or a romantic date.
Le Petit Bistro
Experience an authentic French bistro in Guernsey at Le Petit Bistro, located in St Peter Port. The rustic bistro has a romantic, cozy feel. The fish and meat is served fresh and locally sourced while some ingredients are sourced directly from France. Watch this video of the chefs at Le Petit Bistro in action. The owners and staff at La Petit Bistro speak fluent French to better communicate with French visitors. Try some French classics like coq au vin côte de boeuf, or frog legs. The owners also own Le Petit Café next door to the bistro, serving light French meals and nibbles.
It may look small from the street, but take a step inside the 500-year-old building and you’ll find a spacious Italian restaurant. The modern restaurant is located in St Peter Port and has an open, internal courtyard and a dining room with a glass atrium. Da Nello opened in 1978 and has become a standard Guernsey restaurant. Try the lobster linguini, a classic Italian dish made with local Guernsey lobster. Check out this behind-the-scenes video about Da Nella. Stop in for a quick and convenient meal in St Peter Port or make a reservation for a dinnertime feast.
The Rock Garden Steakhouse
If you’re searching Guernsey for the greatest steaks, look no further than The Rock Garden Steakhouse. The restaurant serves the finest steaks from England, Scotland, Ireland, Argentina, and Brazil. Rather than rely on local resources, the Rock Garden prefers to search all over the globe for fantastic products they can cook to perfection. Cocktails, classic recipes or modern creations, pair perfectly with the restaurant’s many meaty main courses. The Rock Garden is located within walking distance from St Peter Port. The simple menu also contains some chicken and seafood dishes.
Beetons Fish and Chip Shop
Beetons won the award of most loved business in Guernsey, well deserved for the family business that has been serving the area for nearly 15 years. Locals and visitors can enjoy the high quality fish and chip meals at Beetons, made with fresh North Sea cod and a beloved house made batter. A recent refurbishment of the restaurant gave it a more modern, clean look and added a ‘barista and bites’ section that serves Molinari coffees. Eat in the restaurant’s small dining area or enjoy your fish and chips out on the beach.
The Hook utilizes Guernsey’s surplus of seafood to create unforgettable fish dishes and a unique sushi bar. Located on the seafront of St Peter Port, the restaurant also offers beautiful views of boats sailing the English Channel. In addition to seafood, The Hook has vegetarian options and steak made from grass fed British beef. The lunch menu is just as elegant but affordable with dishes at £10 each. If you want to feel fancy after a day of exploring Guernsey, book an evening to spend relaxing at The Hook.
Guernsey’s Old Quarter serves self-described ‘honest, no nonsense’ Irish food, using local ingredients like fresh seafood. The homely restaurant is located in the island’s Old Quarter surrounded by narrow, cobbled streets holding small boutique shops such as antique dealers, art galleries, craft shops, and more. This area represents what most of St Peter Port used to look like before becoming more modernized. Try the roast duck served with champ, root puree, orange and green pepper corn sauce, or pan-fried Guernsey scallops prepared with spies and lemon butter. The restaurant is a short walk from the harbor and the center of St Peter Port.
Enjoy a beach side meal at La Reunion, an upscale restaurant located on Guernsey’s northwest coast. Local, fresh produce changes with the seasonal menu, and dishes are matched to perfect wines selected by a professional wine buyer. The restaurant has a balcony overlooking the sea and a separate terraced area. La Reunion is named after an 18th century naval hero named Admiral James de Saumarez. Saumarez captured La Réunion, a French warship, off the Cotentin Peninsula and then renamed his ship the HMS Reunion. The à la carte menu changes seasonally to use the freshest local food, and the light and open cocktail bar sells classic and modern cocktails plus wines, craft beers, and ciders.
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