Experiences | Food & Drink 5 April 2023

Local Ambassador: Annette

Annette is a local foodie who spends a lot of her time enjoying everything the local bar and restaurant scene has to offer. Guernsey has a famous gastronomic reputation and an array of excellent restaurants, bars and bistros to enjoy.

Join Annette and friends on a day out in St Peter Port, from brunch in the sun to happy hour as the sun sets, and discover all of her favourite spots.

Heading out for Brunch and Weekend Drinks 

Annette and her friends start their day enjoying the terrace at The Slaughterhouse overlooking Havelet Bay, St Peter Port's only beach. 

The refurbished industrial-style restaurant offers food throughout the day and evening. With a wide selection of cocktails, wines and beers available to choose from, you can stay in their large sun-trap courtyard for a drink or two, or enjoy the terrace upstairs. Annette’s choice was a charcuterie board of meats, cheeses and breads, perfect for sharing for a light, savoury brunch.

Across the street is Coco Mini Brasserie, a modern café-brasserie with a mix of indoor and outdoor seating, as well as takeaway coffee and sandwiches. Coco is an excellent spot for a walk-in brunch, with an extensive breakfast menu available throughout the day.

Nearby, you can also find Octopus, a seafood restaurant overlooking the ocean, where the food on your plate was most likely caught. They pride themselves on serving fresh ingredients that are locally sourced wherever possible. If fish isn't for you, there are plenty of other options on the menu including ramen, burgers, salads and street food. They’re especially welcoming to those with dietary requirements, and their chefs can create a unique dish for you incorporating three of your favourite ingredients.

Ice Cream to Go

At Octopus, you’ll also find an ice cream hatch, which is as popular as the restaurant, serving ice creams with an array of toppings alongside hot and soft drinks, all to take away.

There are many spots through town where you can pick up an ice cream in the warmer months including Waffle & Co, Mylk Market Kiosk and the classic ice cream van stationed at Havelet Bay.

Take a look at this blog for the best ice cream spots on Island.

Lunch Spots 

The next stop on Annette’s food tour is the Cornerstone Social House, tucked away on Cornet Street just uphill from the town centre. It’s a popular pub serving classic, well-made pub food and a huge variety of drinks. Throughout the year they stream live sports, especially rugby and football, and you’re sure to get a friendly welcome from the locals. 

Next door is The Cock and Bull, a sister pub to the Cornerstone. They stream live sports events and host a weekly meat draw (a Guernsey tradition in the form of a raffle for cuts of meat, cooking ingredients and other foodie items) as well as their famous ‘Irish Night’, which happens every Thursday. Even on quieter nights you can enjoy a round of pool or sit outside in their beer garden.

From the Cornerstone and the Cock and Bull you can take a stroll to the high street of St Peter Port. There are countless restaurants, bars and bistros as you make your way into the town centre, perfect for stopping in for something to eat after exploring our array of local and independent shops. 

You can enjoy a bite to eat or takeaway lunch from places such as:

  • Cafe Emelia: A welcoming café with an extensive menu covering British classics and some Portugese inspired dishes.
  • The Hideaway: An Austrian style café with an extensive pastry and gateaux selection, as well as sandwiches, coffee and afternoon tea.
  • Fukku: A Japanese Fusion bar that serves ramen, poke bowls and light bites. Also open in the evenings. 
  • Crepe Maison: A patisserie-inspired café offering crepes, gallettes, salads and sandwiches.
  • Dix Neuf: A French style-bistro offering food through the day and evening, including popular French and British dishes. 
  • Christies: A light and welcoming art-deco style bistro with an extensive menu. You can enjoy views out over the harbour, or into the high-street, and watch the world go by with your food.
  • Gusto: A family run Italian restaurant on Smith Street offering a blend of modern and classic dishes.

Evening Drinks and Tapas

The final stop on Annette’s food tour is Tinto, a tapas restaurant serving small and delicious authentic Spanish dishes. Their specials list changes daily, so you're sure to try something different each time you visit. They also have an extensive gin collection, with over 30 types of G&T available, and an even bigger wine selection, which comes from their sister wine shop and bar Rouge. Tinto's seating and informal atmosphere make it perfect for popping in for an impromptu bite to eat with a drink.

Tinto is a part of the Guernsey-independent RED group of restaurants. 

  • Red, the first of this group to open, is next door to Tinto and offers some of the best steaks in Guernsey and a hugely varied wine list. Upstairs you will find Red’s cocktail bar, with a wide array of drinks, great music and a fun atmosphere.
  • Just across the road is Rouge, a wine and cheese bar and wine shop with well over 120 red, white, rosé, sweet, sparkling and fortified wines. Pop in for a charcuterie board or one of their famous toasties.
  • Above Red is Rosso, where you will find authentic Italian pizzas and pasta dishes served in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Other spots to visit for dinner in St Peter Port include: 

  • The Hook, the Islands’ premiere Sushi bar and restaurant, offering a varied menu of seafood dishes, excellent steaks and vegetarian options. Upstairs you’ll also find cocktail bar, the Hook and Sling, perfect for an evening out.
  • Balthazar, a French-inspired steak and seafood restaurant with a champagne bar right on the seafront. They have a varied menu and are a great place to visit for both dinners inside and al fresco dining in the summer.
  • Fifty-Seven, a mediterranean bar and restaurant found on the seafront by Red, they focus on generous seasonal offerings in a relaxed atmosphere. 

To find a full list of the restaurants, bars, pubs and bistros available on the Islands of Guernsey, click here.

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