Guernsey prides itself on the quality of food it has to offer from a variety of great restaurants, bars and bistros. Whether you’re looking for fine dining, bar-meals, brunches or lunches, Guernsey has it all.
Why not enjoy the most quintessential of English customs – an afternoon tea. Afternoon tea is a British tradition that stems back to the early 19th Century.
Not classed as a meal but rather an afternoon indulgence, the afternoon tea is traditionally served between 3pm and 5pm. It can be served in a variety of ways from a simple cream tea to a champagne high tea.
Afternoon tea at the OGH
To experience the best of the afternoon tea tradition, indulge yourself with a trip to one of Guernsey’s best-known establishments. Here are some of our favourites.
Afternoon Tea at Fermain Valley Tea Room
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 tea room, or opt for their cosy winter tea room and sit beside their open fire in the colder months.
Their delicious selection of homemade cakes and biscuits pair delightfully with a cup of tea, while prosecco and champagne afternoon teas are also available.
When people think of afternoon tea they think of a dining experience that’s probably best saved for a special occasion, but it doesn’t have to be that way. At The Hideaway Patisserie & Brasserie the traditional afternoon tea is a treat that can be enjoyed at a price that’s affordable for all.
Located in the heart of town, you can follow a walk along the seafront or a little window shopping on the High Street with a traditional afternoon tea at £10.50 per person or a champagne afternoon tea for £17.00 per person.
Served daily between 2.30pm and 5pm during the summer months or Monday to Saturday during the winter months, your afternoon tea experience can be enjoyed out on the sunny terrace or in the comforts of the brasserie. Either way, you are sure to experience that ‘special’ treat without breaking the bank.
Bella Luce Afternoon Tea
Nestled in a leafy corner of the southern parish of St Martins, 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 cakes and macaroons served with a range of loose leaf teas and coffees.
If you’re looking for an ‘out of town’ afternoon tea experience, why not head to The Farmhouse Hotel, a family-run 4-star boutique hotel nestled within the idyllic setting of grassy fields and long winding lanes in St Saviours.
During the summer months, you can sit beside the pool in the beautiful surroundings of the mature gardens and surrounding countryside or dine within the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and lounge where you can also enjoy the glow of the open log fire during the cooler months. Whichever you decide to do, you will feel a million miles from anywhere at The Farmhouse.
The Farmhouse can provide your afternoon tea experience at a price affordable to all. From £6.20 for tea/coffee and scone/pastries to £12.50 for finger sandwiches, scones, handmade miniature cakes and pastries and your choice from a selection of teas or coffee. If you fancy pushing the boat out, why not add champagne and strawberries to your afternoon tea for an additional £10.00 per person.
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.
Their afternoon teas are offered at four different price points, and their charming picnic-themed tea as pictured is not one to be missed out on!
You’ll be stunned by the variety of teas available and will find it difficult to choose from the various traditional, flavoured, aromatic, fruit and green teas that are on offer, each with their own special name. No matter what tickles your taste-buds, there is sure to be a tea for you.
Located within the grounds of the centrally located St Pierre Park Hotel and overlooking the mature landscaped gardens and tennis courts, the Pavilion Brasserie provides various dining options from a choice of menus throughout the day. Whether it be a relaxed mid-morning coffee, a light bite lunch or fine dining experience that you are looking for, the Pavilion prides itself on offering nothing but the best in locally produced ingredients whilst also providing good value for money.
Enjoy a genuine Guernsey cream tea on the south-facing terrace or in the informal surroundings of the brasserie. Your Afternoon Tea will provide an array of homemade sandwiches, cakes and pastries together with a selection of teas, coffees and fruit infusions or even a glass of your favourite bubbly. You could even try a slice of the traditional Guernsey gáche coated with rich local butter!
The Pavilion is open from 10am until 6pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and from 10am until late on Fridays and Saturdays.
Afternoon tea at Copenhagen
With superb views over St Peter Port, Castle Cornet and the neighbouring isles, the Hotel de Havelet is situated just a short distance away from Hauteville House, which makes it the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea after visiting the former home of legendary writer Victor Hugo.
Relax and enjoy a classic cream tea or traditional afternoon tea with friends or family in the beautiful setting of Copenhagen Restaurant. A prosecco afternoon tea is also available if you fancy some bubbles!
Outside at the Old Government House
Located just a short stroll up the hill from the hustle and bustle of the High Street, the OGH provides a venue that is sure to make your afternoon tea experience a special one. Feel like royalty whilst you are served in the formal surroundings of the Sir John Coward Lounge or dine al fresco in The Olive Grove Gardens overlooking the harbour and neighbouring islands.
Served daily between 2.30pm and 5.30pm you can choose from the traditional afternoon tea at £17.75 per person or indulge in a champagne afternoon tea at £24.75 per person.
Looking to take a well-earned rest from entertaining the little ones on a family holiday?
Oatlands Village is home to a whole host of entertainment for children of all ages, and you can retreat to the comfortable surroundings of The Kiln for a peaceful afternoon tea treat!
With both classic and "gentleman's" options on the menu, and a range of delicious cakes and other sweet and savoury treats, a visit to The Kiln is the least you deserve during an action-packed family break!
Other establishments are available - visit our Eating Out Guide to browse Guernsey's full range of afternoon tea venues!