Food & Drink 1 November 2023

10 Cosy Pubs to Explore on the Islands of Guernsey

On a cold, blustery day, there's nothing better than wrapping up and heading to a cosy pub for a delicious meal and some drinks.

With roaring fires, cosy interiors and friendly locals, the Islands of Guernsey have many options to choose from when it comes to cosy pubs.

Whether you’re looking for traditional pub food, to try some locally brewed drinks or just somewhere to take shelter indoors after a hike, we have the pub for you. Here are 10 pubs to visit on your next trip to the Islands of Guernsey (plus an extra-special Island secret at the end!).

1. Les Douvres

Les Douvres, found in the winding country lanes of St Martin, is famous Island-wide for its pizzas and cosy atmosphere. It is one of the larger pubs on the Island, but the wooden-beamed interior, candle lit tables and friendly staff make it perfect for warming up after a cliff path walk. On Friday evenings from 7:30pm you can hear live music in the main bar, showcasing a range of local talent. At the weekend, make sure to try their Sunday lunch, served 12-2, with all the trimmings.

2. The Rockmount

The Rockmount is a popular pub overlooking Cobo Bay. Randall's drinks, brewed locally, are sold here alongside all of the classic pub food you would expect, from pizzas and burgers to scampi and a delicious Sunday roast; as well as a great gluten free and vegetarian selection. Their sports bar, The Tap Room, shows matches every day. Whether you're stopping by for lunch after some sea swimming or to shelter from stormy weather at dinner, you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere on the coast that feels cosier than the Rockmount.

3. The Cornerstone

Found at the top of town, this pub is named after “The Cornerstone” which was placed there in 1700 and marks the location of one of four gates that provided access to St Peter Port. The Cornerstone and it's sister pub The Cock & Bull next door, both have big screens that shows live sporting events, and bar areas with a variety of wines, spirits and local brews. The Cornerstone serves a menu catered to all tastes and dietary requirements, with great vegetarian options. Their family-sharing Sunday roasts are particularly popular.

4. Fleur du Jardin

‘The Fleur’ as it’s known locally is a classic country pub in Castel. With lovely grounds perfect for a walk if the weather is nice, it's a great spot to stop at after cycling around the lanes of the Kings Mills or after a walk around the Reservoir. The Fleur uses local produce whenever possible and has is a roaring fire to keep you warm in the main restaurant area.

5. Thomas De La Rue

Thomas De La Rue, with views overlooking St Peter Port harbour and beyond, is part of the local Liberation Group and sells Liberation Drinks made on Island. Classic pub food is served at lunch and dinner across their two floors, and on Friday and Saturday evenings you’re likely to find a live music act performing. 

6. Auberge du Val

The Auberge du Val is a quintessential cosy pub, tucked away in a valley in the parish of St Saviour. Food, including their popular Sunday lunch (served until 2pm), is made to order with fresh produce every day, lots of which is grown in their own gardens. They specialise in local seafood including lobster, crab, scallops, bass and turbot. 

7. The Bistro at La Piette

Le Piette Hotel is found just outside of St Peter Port town along the seafront and boasts views over Herm and Sark. They have a bar area for casual drinks and nibbles, as well as a cosy bistro area that specialises in fresh local seafood dishes.

8. The Georgian House, Alderney

Found on the cobbled streets of St Anne, the menu at the Georgian House is a contemporary mix of traditional British pub and European style with a seafood influence. They have a focus on fresh, local produce, with a seasonal menu and daily specials that are created according to what is brought to their back door that very day and what is at its seasonal best. On select evenings you can enjoy live music from local Alderney bands along with your meal. 

9. Mermaid Tavern, Herm

The Mermaid Tavern on Herm is a popular pub with an informal atmosphere. Their tables by the fire are a welcome treat after a winter walk around the Island, perfect for relaxing with a pint. As well as eating in the pub restaurant, you also have the option to book the Chef’s Theatre Dining on the 'top deck' for a group of friends or family, where you can watch your food being cooked by the chef right in front of you.

10. Bel Air Inn, Sark

If a traditional pub is what you’re looking for, the Bel Air Inn on Sark is perfect for you. This small pub is popular with locals and visitors alike, with a big fire inside to keep you warm abd pizzas and paninis served if you fancy a hearty snack with your drinks.

Bonus: Friar Tuck, Sark

A well-kept local secret and hidden gem, the Friar Tuck is a small pub tucked away in La Moinerie Village in Sark. They serve a range of drinks in cosy surroundings, but only open at select times, so contact 01481 832089 or and they will be happy to accommodate.

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