It wouldn’t be summer without a barbecue and what better backdrop for your burgers than a stunning sandy beach and crystal blue water? Guernsey law permits barbecues after 6pm on any of the North and West coast beaches but we have put together four special spots that will ensure you’re enjoying your food until the sun goes down.
Pembroke Bay is an ideal place for families to barbecue. The long stretch of inviting white sand leaves plenty of room for children to build sandcastles and be entertained playing while the food is cooking. A wide slipway makes it easy to access the beach if you have a pushchair in tow and there is plenty of parking available. Finish your evening with some delicious Guernsey ice cream from The Beach House restaurant.
Cobo Bay sits within a haven of amenities where you really will have everything you need for a memorable beach feast. For the spontaneous beach-goer, you can source all your barbecue essentials in the local area: Cobo Butchers is on your doorstep, selling meat of exceptional quality, including Rocquette Cider sausages; The Cobo Food Hall can supply you with everything else, including a disposable barbecue; and you can even complement your dinner with hot chips from the Cobo Fish Bar.
Port Soif offers a sheltered dining experience owing to its curved, horseshoe shape. Access to this gem of a beach is via steps within the grassed sand dunes so it would be helpful to have your barbecue supplies bagged or boxed in a container that is easy to carry. Once on the soft sand, even if barbecuing isn’t your forte, the picturesque seascape will soon distract everyone from even the most charcoaled barbecued cuisine. Plan your beach adventure for high tide and you can dine while the waves roll in at your feet.
Ladies Bay brings the charm of a smaller beach that is easily accessible and boasts a lovely area to swim and walk. This location has the added bonus of the Les Amarruers children’s playground, adjacent to the car park. For couples, a serene stroll along the surrounding headland while watching the sunset is a wonderful way to complete a romantic beach barbecue date.
Whichever location you choose, for the safety of fellow beach users and the local wildlife, please remember to:
Avoid taking glass onto the beach; instead, transfer any drinks or food originally packaged in glass into suitable containers
Collect all of your rubbish when you are finished and put it in the beach litter bins provided or take it with you to dispose of at home
Leave disposable barbecues that are still slightly warm at the side of the bin to cool down fully