From hand-rolled sushi to locally caught lobster, Guernsey is a paradise for seafood lovers. With plenty of restaurants within ambling distance of The Old Government House Hotel and Spa and The Duke of Richmond’s, not to mention a few local treasures tucked within our hotels, there’s no better place to indulge. Here are our favourite restaurants in Guernsey for fresh, sumptuous seafood.
Serving seasonal, contemporary cuisine with a twist, Auberge’s head chef Daniel Green won the much-coveted Channels Island Chef of the Year award in 2013, and continues to surprise and delight diners with his innovative menu. Seafood favourites include Guernsey scallops with tiger prawns and smoked bacon, and pan-fried sea bass with chorizo ratatouille, which guests can enjoy alongside clifftop views over the rugged coastline.
With wonderful views over St Peter Port harbour, our very own Brasserie Restaurant at The Old Government House Hotel and Spa serves up some of the best seafood on the island. Head Chef Pascal Lemoine’s menus change with the seasons, using nothing but the freshest of ingredients. Nevertheless, whenever you dine, you can expect innovative, delicious dishes like Guernsey crab salad with watermelon radish and samphire and line caught Guernsey sea bass.
Serving refined Japanese food, Hojo offers a wonderful selection of local seafood and fresh sushi. Signature dishes include spicy miso soup with lobster and west Kyoto style black cod, while hands-on diners can join one of the popular sushi rolling classes lead by Head Chef Edgars Stanevics – including two hours of sushi making and plenty of sake.
Set on the seafront of St Peter Port, The Hook serves a selection of seafood and sushi dishes (as well as a range of steaks sourced from UK farms). With everything from grilled Guernsey lobster to lasagne of scallops and wakame salad with local crab, the menu is as varied as its stylish clientele. Don’t miss the creative cocktails – Kiss Me Rhubarb is a heady mix of rhubarb vodka, aperol, rhubarb compote, fresh grapefruit and lemon.
Located in a historic former tobacco and spirit warehouse in the harbour of St Peter Port, Le Nautique has been reimagined as a modern seafood restaurant helmed by Chef Günter Botzenhardt. Passionate about simple cooking and quality produce, Botzenhardt is inspired by classic techniques and recipes, putting his own signature stamp on various seafood dishes at Le Nautique. Design advocates will appreciate the chic minimalist décor complete with floor-to-ceiling-windows, wooden walls and flooring and crisp white furniture.
Leopard Bar and Restaurant
The Duke of Richmond’s Leopard Bar and Restaurant is the place to go for daily seafood specials plucked fresh from local waters. Diners can watch the chefs in the kitchen preparing that day’s catch through the glass walls, relaxing with a drink in their hands and tucking into starters and plates like bright and refreshing ceviche or luxurious crab cakes.
A must for seafood connoisseurs, a trip to Ocean promises sustainably caught Halibut, Sea Bream and Pollock, as well as Guernsey dived scallops and dressed Guernsey crab. The signature chicken and lobster pie fuses traditional British comfort food with fine dining.
With two terraces (one overlooking the imposing Castle Cornet), Pier 17 offers both impressive harbour views and delicious seafood dishes. One of the finest restaurants in Guernsey, expect indulgent seafood platters (which come with lobster, picked crab, king prawns and smoked salmon), crab cakes and seafood chowder. For those with a hearty appetite, the 5oz fillet mignon steak with half a lobster should settle any grumbling tummies.
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