I’m very lucky to have (soon to be) family in Guernsey and I try to get over there whenever possible…it’s just a very short plane ride to what feels like a different world and the relaxation feeling is almost instant.
Traveling to Guernsey often feels like stepping back in time; some shops still don’t open Sundays, most roads can only fit one car down, the bus costs just £1 per journey, everyone’s pretty relaxed, and the pace is much slower than what I’m used to, especially being a Londonite. Also the bonus of a no phone zone due to pricey roaming fees and data charges means you can be cut off from everything going on elsewhere if you so wish – heaven!
Since I’ve been to Guernsey three times in the past two and half years I thought I’d give a shout out to my favourite places to visit, fab things to do and of course the best restaurant/bars/pubs to frequent! If sightseeing is your thing then my top attractions would be:
Hauteville House was the home of Victor Hugo after he was exiled from France. The whole house is creatively put together and the interior design is probably the most unique you’d ever see…
The Little Chapel is most likely the smallest chapel you’re ever likely to come across, and one of the most amazingly decorated…
If you’re lucky enough to visit in the summer months then try to catch the Rocquaine Regatta, its a one day annual event in which the locals spend the day racing boats of all shapes and sizes from home made rafts through to motor boats, there are cycling races on the beach, games for the kids, food, drinks, music, Majorettes and more!
Food wise, for such a small island there are many restaurants, cafe’s and pubs to choose from, here’s a few of my favs…
Auberge was the first Guernsey restaurant I visited, atop a hill its a great place to spot the other Channel Islands on a clear day.
You’ll find the best Indian cuisine in all of
Guernsey, the Channel Islands, okay maybe the world at Taste of India!
Red is the place to go if you love steak, this place is fab and the wine list is also pretty good too. The view of the harbour from the bar balcony is worth the visit alone.
I’ve been to Fleur De Jerdin twice, once just for drinks and the other for a private celebration meal. The food is lovely and the outside is perfect for al fresco bubbles.
Mora has a jazz style tapas bar with a saxophonist downstairs for a more relaxed vibe, with a formal restaurant (and different menu) upstairs.
Recently refurbished at great expense, traditional Guernsey favourite The Rockmount has a bar with comfy seating downstairs and outside chairs for a sea view. Upstairs there is a more formal restaurant which comes highly recommended. The Rockmount also serves as the celebratory ‘after party’ venue for participants in the famous Boxing Day charity swim!
The Farmhouse is to date, the last restaurant I visited in Guernsey, this lovely find also has rooms for those who need somewhere to lay their head.
There you have it, my favourite spots on the island. If you’re heading to Guernsey any time soon do let me know, and I’m always around if you have a question or two!