As we slip into the blustery winter months, there’s nothing quite so comforting as a cosy pub or bar to escape the chill. In Guernsey, there are plenty of places to warm up and escape the frosty temperatures outside, while enjoying wonderful views out towards the neighbouring islands. Enjoy a local brew or classic cocktail at one of these cosy Guernsey pubs and bars during your stay at The Old Government House Hotel and The Duke of Richmond.
Situated on the Cobo Coast Road on Guernsey’s west coast, The Rockmount affords views over Cobo Beach and out across the ocean. But it’s not just the views that draw people in; this family-friendly venue has also made a name for itself for its traditional pub fare. Dishes here incorporate the island’s local produce, such as Blue Bottle gin (which is distilled in Guernsey) and lemon-cured salmon, and Cobo Butcher ‘Rockmount’ sausages. All of this can be paired with the pub’s offering of real ales and locally produced cider.
Leopard Bar & Restaurant
Just a short stroll from the harbour of St Peter Port, the Duke of Richmond sits overlooking a peaceful park, with the town and waterfront beyond. This is where the Leopard Bar is located, offering superb food and drinks with a view. Here, guests can watch their meal being prepared in the glass-fronted kitchen, while sipping a local beer, fine wine, or an elegant cocktail.
The Crown Club
Situated within the 18th-century Old Crown Offices of The Old Government House Hotel, The Crown Club is an intimate space featuring cosy red banquette seating, antique brass fittings, and a glass-walled wine and whisky tasting room. Friends meet here to sip premium whiskies and gins, and to try fine wines such as the vintages from the South African wine estate Bouchard Finlayson.
The Cock and Bull
Family-owned venue The Cock and Bull is one of the best known pubs in St Peter Port, celebrated for its offering of real ale and local cider. The events are what bring much of the clientele here though, with regular music nights featuring a Baroque Band, Irish Folk and Acoustic Sessions.
The Centenary Bar
The elegant Old Government House Hotel sits proudly on a hill overlooking St Peter Port. It’s here that people settle into The Centenary Bar for a drink with a view out across the water towards the island of Herm. Enjoy locally made Breda lager, Rocquettes Cider and White Rock Brewery Ale, or try one of the classic cocktails on the menu.
The Golden Lion
One of the latest venues to arrive in Guernsey is this craft beer specialist, which proudly showcases a range of locally brewed beers and ciders, as well as labels from across the globe. In the time The Golden Lion has been open, this passion for artisanal brews has proven popular, making it a bar to seek out during a visit to Guernsey; the pub can be found in Market Square at the heart of St Peter Port.
Another of Guernsey’s standout venues for its views is Houmet Tavern in Vale. In fact, situated right on the peaceful west coast, it commands uninterrupted views over Grand Havre Bay. Floor-to-ceiling windows make the most of these scenic surroundings, with a menu of seafood and other wholesome fare to tuck into while trying the locally brewed beer.
After a day’s exploration and discovery of these Guernsey pubs and bars, getting a sound night’s sleep will come easily within the elegant rooms and suites of The Old Government House Hotel and The Duke of Richmond.
Image credits: Cover photo © Visit Guernsey. Saint Peter Port © iStock / chris2766. The Old Government House Hotel © Red Carnation Hotels. Live music at The Cock and Bull © Visit Guernsey. A view over Saint Peter Port © iStock / Oliver Malms.