Guernsey’s capital St Peter Port boasts a picturesque harbour allowing even business travellers on a short visit a chance to enjoy the beauty of the island. As might be expected, seafood takes centre stage in many of the restaurants with Guernsey crab and scallops a popular choice. For those staying on a little longer, choose from top golf courses and tranquil spas to fill your downtime.
Read on for our top recommendations of where to stay, where to dine and where to host clients on the island.
Where to stay
Famed as the only 5-star hotel on Guernsey, The Old Government House Hotel & Spa provides panoramic sea views and a luxurious stay. Located in central St Peter Port, the OGH is well positioned for business travellers wanting that extra bit of comfort during their stay. The hotel has several bars and restaurants including The Brasserie offering seasonal menus and The Curry Room offering Indian cuisine alongside a flight of wines or a more traditional Kingfisher beer.
St Pierre Park Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is set within 35 acres of grounds providing calm and tranquility yet located only one mile from St Peter Port. If you are planning a bit of down time, there is a spa as well as a golf course where you could combine business with pleasure.
The Duke of Richmond Hotel sits on the site originally occupied by what is generally accepted to be Guernsey’s oldest hotel. There are 73 bedrooms and suites, each individually designed, and there’s also 24-hour room service.
Where to dine and host your clients
Guernsey’s hotels offer a great selection of restaurants including La Fregate’s with its views over the harbour. The menu is predominantly fish and shellfish and there is a spectacular sea view terrace to relax after a long day of meetings. It also boasts 22 rooms some of which have a balcony or terrace.
If you want to venture further afield, then Octopus, situated on the south side of Havelet Bay in St Peter Port, offers fantastic sea views alongside a varied menu of seafood dishes and street food. Dishes include whole chancre crab, scallops in the shell, local catch of the day, and hot seafood specialties.
For seafood lovers, Le Nautique is well worth a visit. Chef-proprietor, Günter Botzenhardt, is renowned for his innovative and creative cuisine and dishes include Guernsey crab, seared hand dive scallops, medallions of beef and monkfish and a shellfish platter.
If you want to head out of St Peter Port then La Reunion is a strong choice. Enjoy a cocktail at the popular bar before sitting down for lunch or dinner. The restaurant’s menu includes locally sourced, fresh, seasonal produce and carefully selected wines. There’s a mix of seafood plates as well as meat dishes including chateaubriand for two.