Here on The Islands of Guernsey, we pride ourselves on the variety of quality restaurants, bars and bistros we have.
Afternoon tea is a British tradition that stems back to the early 19th Century and is traditionally served between 3pm and 5pm. It can be prepared in a variety of ways, from a simple cream tea to champagne high tea. Take your family and friends to one of the many restaurants and cafes that put their own unique spin on a traditional afternoon tea, a multitude of which offer spectacular views over the Islands to boot.
Here are some places to enjoy afternoon tea on Guernsey.
VALLEY TEA ROOMS @ FERMAIN VALLEY HOTEL
Peaceful and secluded, yet conveniently situated just 5 minutes from St Peter Port, Fermain Valley Hotel is an ideal location, overlooking one of Guernsey's most beautiful bays. The Fermain Valley Hotel is home to the Valley Tea Rooms, the perfect place to enjoy afternoon tea at any time of year. Enjoy panoramic views out to sea from their outdoor terrace and summer tearoom, or sit inside their cosy tearoom and sit beside the open fire in the cooler months. Their delicious selection of homemade cakes and biscuits pair delightfully with a hot cup of tea or coffee, while prosecco and champagne afternoon teas are also available, served daily from 2pm until 4pm.
THE HIDEAWAY PATISSERIE & BRASSERIE – MOORE’S HOTEL
The Hideaway Patisserie and Brasserie is an authentic Austrian patisserie literally hidden away above the heart of Saint Peter Port. Their outdoor terrace, with views out over the harbour, is a warm suntrap sheltered from the wind and their indoor seating area is comfortable and cosy.
The traditional afternoon tea is served daily from 2.00 - 4.30pm during the summer months, or Monday to Saturday in the winter months. It features cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, scones with jam and Guernsey cream and a selection of dainty cakes and tartlets, together with a pot of tea, a cup of coffee or prosecco. They also offer a simple cream tea for those just looking for a homemade scone with jam and cream and a cup of tea or coffee.
THE GARDEN ROOM @ BELLA LUCE HOTEL
Nestled in the southern parish of St Martin, just a short walk away from Moulin Huet Bay, the Bella Luce Hotel is an idyllic setting in which to enjoy afternoon tea. Sit in their beautifully maintained gardens, or get comfortable in the cosy interior of the hotel itself, and enjoy a delicious selection of homemade finger sandwiches, cakes and macaroons served with a range of loose-leaf teas and coffees. With a vegan afternoon tea option also available, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The Bella Luce is currently closed for refurbishment, but be sure to check back when they re-open their doors.
THE FARMHOUSE HOTEL
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of St Peter Port and town for your afternoon tea experience, why not head to The Farmhouse Hotel, a family-run 4-star boutique hotel in the countryside of St Saviour.
During the summer months, you can sit beside the pool in the gardens and surrounding countryside or, in the cooler months, you can dine within the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and lounge enjoying the open log fire. The Farmhouse afternoon tea offers finger sandwiches, scones, handmade miniature cakes and pastries and your choice from a selection of teas or coffee.
THE LEOPARD BAR @ THE DUKE OF RICHMOND HOTEL
The Duke of Richmond Hotel offers several different locations to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea, whether you'd prefer to sit in their Resident's Lounge, Conservatory or Terrace, which offer views over St Peter Port Harbour. Their finger sandwiches, scones and homemade ‘sweet treats’ are offered with a variety of teas and coffee, Pimm’s, prosecco, gin and tonic or champagne. And with a children’s specific afternoon tea menu available, the whole family can enjoy an afternoon at the Duke of Richmond Hotel.
COPENHAGEN RESTAURANT @ HOTEL DE HAVELET
With superb views over St Peter Port, Castle Cornet and the neighbouring Islands in the Bailiwick, the Hotel de Havelet is situated just a short distance away from Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea after visiting the former home of the legendary writer. Relax and enjoy a classic cream tea or traditional afternoon tea with friends or family in the beautiful setting of the Copenhagen Restaurant. A prosecco afternoon tea is also available if you fancy some bubbles.
OLD GOVERNMENT HOUSE HOTEL (THE “OGH”)
Located just a short stroll up the hill from the hustle and bustle of the High Street, afternoon tea here is served in a spacious and sunny conservatory, the Sir John Coward Lounge or outside in the private Olive Grove Gardens overlooking St Peter Port and the neighbouring Islands. The OGH provides a venue that is sure to make your afternoon tea experience one to remember. Served daily between 2.30pm and 5.30pm, you can choose from the traditional or champagne afternoon tea.
THE KILN AT OATLANDS
Oatlands Village is home to a whole host of entertainment for children of all ages, from an outdoor and indoor play area to spacious gardens, and you can retreat to the comfortable surroundings of The Kiln for a peaceful afternoon tea. With both classic and "gentleman's" options on the menu, as well as a wide range of delicious cakes and other sweet and savoury treats, enjoy a visit to The Kiln with the whole family.
CAFE AMIS @ LE FRIQUET GARDEN CENTRE
With both an indoor and outdoor play area in viewing distance, this is the perfect spot to take the entire family. Situated inside Le Friquet Garden Centre, one of the island’s largest garden centres, stocking the widest array of indoor and outdoor products, you can enjoy an afternoon tea in stunning surroundings. Take a walk around the Garden Centre before settling down to an afternoon tea, sitting comfortably while the kids are happily entertained.
La Reunion believes in cooking elegant, delicious food designed to tempt your senses with classic flavours and newly inspired dishes cooked by a handpicked team. With over 80 covers, a balcony overlooking the bay and a separate terraced area, as well as two glazed areas offering far-reaching views across the bay, there is room for everyone. This glass eatery with views over Cobo Bay offers a non-traditional take on afternoon tea. The spectacular views, combined with the food, make this an experience you’ll never forget.
Afternoon Tea On The Other Islands
THE TEA GARDENS @ LA SABLONNERIE, LITTLE SARK
A hidden gem in Little Sark, near the Venus pool, sit outside in The Tea Gardens at Sablonnerie for a relaxed cream tea. Their freshly baked, warm sultana scones and selection of teas are the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Sark.
HATHAWAY'S RESTAURANT @ LA SEIGNEURIE GARDENS, SARK
Sit outside on the terrace, or inside next to the log burner on cooler days and enjoy a peaceful afternoon tea at Hathaways’.
THE MONK BAR @ THE WHITE HOUSE HOTEL, HERM
With a variety of options, from a cream tea to a full afternoon tea with champagne or a ‘G and Tea’, there is something for everyone. After a morning of exploring Herm, rest your legs and visit the Monk Bar, located in The White House Hotel for afternoon tea. All of the sandwiches and cakes offered are homemade. These popular afternoon teas book up quickly, so pre booking is required.
Other establishments are available - visit our guide to browse Guernsey's full range of afternoon tea venues.