15 New Bars & Restaurants to Try on The Islands of Guernsey
It has been a while since many of our regular visitors have had the chance to come to our islands. And, in fact, a lot has changed - in terms of the restaurant scene at least! Whilst many favourites are still here - and also looking forward to welcoming back more guests, there are many new places on the scene to add to Guernsey’s gastronomical reputation.
Here are a few for you to bookmark for a future visit to the islands.
Balthazar opened a couple of years ago and has fast become the place to go for drinks after work in front of the harbour. With a cosy restaurant filled with plush benches and low lighting in the back, not to mention a viral disco ladies’ toilet, it’s somewhere you need to pop into at least once.
Along the seafront from St Peter Port you can find one of Guernsey's newest restaurants, Otto. Sister restaurant to the highly regarded China Red, Otto is a modern Italian eatery. Offering seasonal Italian food from morning until night, their bakery and restaurant provide a relaxed and sociable place to eat. Visit them for an amazing pastries and bread in the morning (which you can also purchase to take away) or pizza and pasta later in the day.
Crepe Maison is a new player on the high street, but already hugely popular with both locals and visitors alike. Filling the gap for galettes left by the loss of previous favourites in St Peter Port, you can pop in for brunch, lunch or just a coffee. Evening opening coming later in 2021. Whilst the front bar is part of the buzz, try to get a table in the back. The island views over the harbour are worth it.
Part of the Red Group restaurants collection, Rouge is the latest opening from the group. The others, Red, Tinto and Rosso are full every day of the week and this new addition is no exception. Half wine and cheese bar, half wine shop, you can enjoy a great selection of wine and nibbles with a great atmosphere and hugely knowledgeable staff. You’ll be spoilt for choice.
And speaking of Red... it is back! Some may not know that Red suffered a fire in early 2020, prompting a makeover which although delayed by lockdowns and supply chains, recently opened to roaring success. With a fresh design, a few new dishes yet still the same hugely varied wine list and staple menu classics, the only thing you’ll struggle with is getting a table! Book ahead.
The newest venture from the team behind Guernsey's sushi bar Hook, Fukku brings Japanese street food to St Peter Port. With a focus on using authentic Asian ingredients, you will find delicious ramen, poke bowls, katsu and tempura at Fukku. The restaurant has great atmosphere and is ideal for grabbing a speedy sit down lunch or sitting down to relax of an evening.
The Streat is a new kiosk in the Inner Market Buildings in the centre of St Peter Port. It offers a great range of on-the-go food from bagels and bao buns to hot dogs, with a lot of vegan and vegetarian options, including a large variety of doughnuts. It is ideal for lunch on the go.
For locals, it’s hard to remember a time before Mylk opened its shutters. It has created a great atmosphere just below Market Square with picnic tables and simple bites such as paninis and galettes. It’s also a great place to pick up a milkshake or coffee in the sunshine.
WAFFLE & CO
Since this establishment opened in 2019 in the Clock Tower next to the Liberation Monument in St Peter Port, Waffle & Co has become a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike, Handy for those waiting for the boat to Herm or Sark, you can grab a coffee, ice cream or waffle and enjoy the view out over the harbour.
Named after “The Cornerstone” which was placed in 1700 and marks the location of one of four gates that locals used to access St Peter Port, this traditional pub and bistro is just a stone’s throw away from Hauteville House, the town centre and St Peter Port harbour. It’s the ideal location whether for business lunch or family get-together or simply to catch up with friends.
Looking out over St Peter Port harbour, Sorrento is the new kid on the block having only opened a month ago. Serving Italian cuisine with an extensive wine selection from across the world and regional Italian wineries, Sorrento's goal is to put modern twists on classic recipes to bring a taste of the Almafi coast to Guernsey. The relaxed modern decor and great location make it a great spot to visit and enjoying the sunshine on the east coast.
Chop House is a dark and atmospheric restaurant sitting next door to its sister restaurant, Guernsey’s classic brasserie Christie’s. With a smokehouse style menu and vibey interior decor reminiscent of a London lounge bar-restaurant, it has been growing in popularity since it opened a few months ago, particularly for large groups and special occasions. Although, it also has a great quick lunch menu for local office workers.
Recently opened, Fifty-Seven overlooks the harbour with enviable views and a modern interior, and is well worth a visit. With a classic mediterranean menu focussing on seafood and fish dishes using local produce, there is something for every pallet. Fifty-Seven also has a bar upstairs serving cocktails and wine to carry on your dining experience.
THE BLONDE HEDGEHOG
The Blonde Hedgehog restaurant in Alderney is the heart of this new hotel and serves sumptuous farm-to-table dishes and delicious homely desserts made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Their menu focuses on contemporary dining with a classic and traditional twist. Inspired by island life with a vision for the restaurant is to create innovative and exciting plates using predominantly locally-grown ingredients. It has become an instant hit with locals and visitors alike.
SHELL BEACH KIOSK BAR
And just to finish off the list... as an added note, Shell Beach kiosk on Herm now has an alcohol licence, so be sure to head over there for lunch and a chilled drink with an unbeatable view.