There are many vegan options on The Islands - you just need to know where to find them.
Finding great plant-based options to eat when visiting small towns and communities can often be a struggle. The Islands of Guernsey are incredibly welcoming to the vegan community - you just need to know where to go, as menus and options are not always as widely advertised as other dishes.
With World Vegan Day on the horizon, we have taken the time to round up many of these options into one place to create a useful guide for future travel.
Cobo Tea Room located at Cobo Bay
Cobo Tea Room is a favourite of islanders at any time of year. Overlooking the beautiful Cobo Bay on the West coast, they are a traditional family-run tearoom serving wholesome lunches, weekend breakfasts, homemade cake, freshly ground coffee and a range of quality teas in a 'proper' tea pot. As well as catering for gluten free and dairy free requirements, they have a great selection of vegan-friendly cakes too - and they taste fantastic.
La Fregate Hotel & Restaurant
La Fregate restaurant commands one of the finest views in Guernsey overlooking St Peter Port harbour and beyond and is the perfect location to entertain, or enjoy a quiet table for two.
Their Head Chef has created a selection of menus using seasonal and local produce wherever possible. Naturally, there is a predominance of seafood from Guernsey's local waters on the main menu, however what many do not know is that they also offer a full 3 course vegan menu of options. As with many places on The Islands, booking ahead always helps so that chefs can be sure they have quality ingredients on hand to make the best dish to suit your requirements.
The Raw Store was a welcome change for hungry local workers at lunchtime when they opened on The Bordage, St Peter Port a few years ago. Their small, fresh, homemade made menu changes daily, but always includes a hot vegan dish - usually a curry or stew, a salad or a wrap option. The food is satisfying and delicious, full of the colours of the rainbow. You can eat in at one of their small tables, or you can takeaway and head somewhere with a view to enjoy your food. Don’t miss this one.
The clack of yacht masts, convivial hum of conversation and some of the best views in Guernsey. Those ingredients alone might be enough to tempt people to Saltwater, but there’s so much more to this marina-side restaurant. They offer the very best of local ingredients, impeccably sourced and skillfully cooked in a fresh and modern way. Whilst again, there is a lot of seafood on the main menu, they also offer a 3 course vegan menu, which also varies to suit the offering of local ingredients on the island by season.
If you think you can’t enjoy a Guernsey afternoon tea whilst on The Islands, think again. The OGH Brasserie can cater to any dietary requirement - just mention your needs when you book. Set in a spacious and sunny conservatory, overlooking the peaceful private gardens and St Peter Port harbour beyond, The Brasserie provides a lovely light and informal environment for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and indeed a traditional afternoon tea.
Cantina No 6, Alderney
Cantina Number 6 has a relaxed and chilled atmosphere with amazing views over Braye Bay. Open for brunch, lunch or dinner, their menu is filled with many tapas dishes to share and boasts a variety of vegan options. They can also adapt small dishes to your taste. Pop in for a great meal with a view when over on the Alderney.
Mora has always offered an excellent vegan menu. Known for their tapas options and hearty dishes, Mora lovingly prepare homemade food with local ingredients. Find them on the seafront of St Peter Port, pop in for a drink and stay for dinner. The views are great. They are open 7 days a week and serve both lunch and dinner. Their bar is open all day.
St Peter Port harbour area
Since this establishment opened in 2019 in the Clock Tower next to the Liberation Monument in St Peter Port, it has become a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike, Handy for those waiting for the boat to Herm or Sark, you can grab a coffee and a waffle and enjoy the view out over the harbour. There are a plethora of vegan options available from vegan chocolate and ice cream for a sweet treat and avocado, vegan cheese and fresh vegetables for a savoury option. The entire place is extremely instagrammable, so be sure to take a snap before you dig in.
Rosso offers a vegan pizza menu, which was a welcome addition for plant-based and dairy-free islanders and visitors. All of the pizzas are freshly made, cooked in the hand-made stone oven - the only one in Guernsey - using gas and wood at over 350 degrees. There is also a beautiful large wooden bar at Rosso, offering a variety of cocktails and an extensive wine list, featuring a handpicked selection of Californian & Italian wines.
Many of our restaurants have incredibly flexible chefs who will be more than happy to adapt a dish for you. For example, Octopus Bar & Restaurant state clearly, “If you’re vegan or vegetarian fear not, the chefs are willing to accommodate any dietary requirements. Choose three of your favourite ingredients and they will create a unique dish just for you!”
The Wicked Wolf located in the Carlton Hotel in St Martin, recently helpfully separated out their menu items to produce a vegan menu to make it easier for their plant-based guests to navigate options. They offer vegan cheese substitutes for classic favourites such as pizza & burgers, as well as salads and side dishes. With plenty of parking outside and situated just 5 minutes from Guernsey's Airport, this makes a great lunchtime or evening stop.
La Sablonnerie, Sark
La Sablonnerie over on Little Sark are able to cater exquisitely to vegan guests.
There is never a need to assume that small local places cannot create something to your needs.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means, if you have more to add to this list, please do email firstname.lastname@example.org - we’d love to hear from you!
Be sure to bookmark this post for your future visit to The Islands. We have missed hosting tourists on our islands, but the great news is that you can now book for Summer 2021. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.