One of the beauties of island life is the many local ingredients on offer. We have a great selection of dedicated growers who supply many of our local restaurants, resulting in a wonderful organic offering across The Islands.
Dining out on organic ingredients
We are in the middle of Organic September, a month-long campaign from the Soil Association to raise awareness of Organic products, alongside the farmers and brands who produce them for us. One of the wonders of island life is the abundance of local ingredients available to us. We have a great selection of dedicated growers who supply many of our local restaurants, resulting in a wonderful organic offering across The Islands.
Here are just some of the benefits of organic food and farming:
It ensures you have food you can trust - just as it should be, and it tastes much better!
Hedge Veg wonders in Guernsey
On The Islands of Guernsey, there are many ways to eat organic food and embrace organic farming. Below we have highlighted a few options for your visit to our islands.
If you spend any time at all wandering the lanes of The Islands of Guernsey, it won't be long until you happen upon a hedge veg stall, where islanders sell their homegrown goods for a few pennies. Traditionally, you would find spare Guernsey tomatoes, potatoes and eggs from their gardens and allotments. Many items that you find here are organic. Occasionally, you may spot a well-thumbed classic novel left on a shelf for the next reader to enjoy. It is one of the special things about island life - a quirky tradition from time gone by that has stood the test of time and has evolved to become a stalwart of Guernsey life, with no loss of charm or uniqueness. Read more about Hedge Veg here.
The Guernsey Weigh Is Zero Waste
Located in the Market Buildings, the people of Guernsey loved and cherished the old market, and so The Guernsey Weigh have come up with a modern and more sustainable concept of our old beloved market. They are passionate about being plastic free and would also like to support the local Guernsey community by sourcing locally where they can. All organic products are labelled and the entire store is zero waste, so be sure to take bags and containers with you to do your shopping.
If you choose to stay in self-catering accommodation, then ordering from one of our many local suppliers is a great way to eat local without dining out for every meal. Options include Manor Farm Foods, Orgeris Organic Veg boxes and Joe’s Fresh Veg. Please contact the supplier to confirm organic produce.
Guernsey Farmer's Markets
This is Guernsey's original Out of Town Market! With a wide range of different stalls offering fresh local grown vegetables, locally raised free range beef, lamb, charcuterie, homemade cakes and pies, and vegetarian and vegan delicacies, there is a huge amount on offer at the Saturday morning Farmer's Market in the grounds of Sausmarez Manor. You can also find Guernsey honey, homemade jams, chutneys, marmalades and local sea salt. The market is always changing and while some things may not be there every week, other special things may be! In winter, the market moves inside the St Martins Community Centre.
The Alderney Farm Shop in Victoria Street is run by island farmer, Michael Cox and his family. They are an official stockist of Waitrose and in addition to everyday essentials the shop has a comprehensive selection of the freshest local produce including their own Kiln Farm reared beef and dairy produce, fresh in-season fish and island-grown vegetables for you to cook up your own culinary magic, or to make up a delicious picnic. They also have their own in-house cooks who every day produce freshly made soups and pies, salads and coleslaws, along with fresh bread, hot pasties, muffins and other bakery delights. It is a gastronomic paradise for anyone visiting the island.
Here are a few local restaurant offerings for you:
Food is at the heart of The Farmhouse, an award-winning 4* boutique hotel & restaurant set in extensive grounds amongst the scenic Guernsey countryside.
Whatever you choose will be prepared with great skill using local, organic and Fairtrade products wherever possible, so start your day with a delicious breakfast or brunch, sample seasonal à la carte dishes for lunch or dinner, indulge in a homemade afternoon tea, dip ‘n’ dine or lay out a blanket for a picnic on the lawn.
The Hook is Guernsey’s sushi bar, seafood and organic steak restaurant. It is located on the seafront of St Peter Port and offers wonderful views out over Victoria Harbour as well as a stylish and contemporary decor. There are a lot of fresh specials on the menu, often changing on a daily basis. Not all items are certified organic, but ask your waiter for information.
Great quality food lies at the heart of the Stocks team's hospitality philosophy. They pride themselves on producing good food using the freshest local ingredients wherever possible. The team source fresh local produce before importing anything.
Fascinatingly, the hotel has established Sark’s first ever market garden based on the principles of permaculture. Their team worked diligently to design and create an oasis of superbly fresh, organic, local garden produce, which is wonderfully only 250 metres from the back door of the kitchen. The hotel also has a long-standing relationship with a team of local fishermen, farmers and other local suppliers which they call their "Sark Food Heroes", who only grow or harvest small quantities of fresh produce on a non-intensive and sustainable basis. It's a wonderful place to embrace local, homegrown organic produce in The Islands.
Flights from Gatwick and Southampton airports, and ferries from Poole harbour, are now on sale for Summer 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to our Islands next year.