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The Insider Guide: Guernsey and Alderney

St Peter Port.
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  • Where to stay and what to eat and do on two of the largest of the Channel Islands

STAY:

Duke of Richmond - Guernsey

Ideal base for 'film tourists' and 'set-jetters' visiting the island to see the places and scenery that inspired The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society novel and film. This award-winning hotel is in charming St Peter Port. The traditionally-styled rooms, equipped with A/C, overlook the park, or out towards the sea. The Leopard Bar is a cosy place to try locally distilled gins while the Leopard Restaurant has a large terrace overlooking a heated pool. Double rooms are from £250 per night, including full English breakfast.

DukeOfRichmond.com

Old Government House & Spa - Guernsey

This 5-star hotel, sister property to the Duke of Richmond, was the Governor's residence for the Bailiwick of Guernsey before becoming a grand Victorian mansion hotel. Contemporary additions include decadent, stylish room décor, a spa and restaurants.

TheOghHotel.com

The Braye Beach Hotel - Alderney

Charming waterfront boutique hotel, right on the bay, overlooking the wild beauty of the dunes, beach and sea. Cosy, contemporary rooms; private cinema for guests; a wine bar, terrace, and smart brasserie offering upscale interpretations of classic dishes like fish and chips or moules marinière.

BrayeBeach.com

Fort Clonque - Alderney

Looking for a spectacular place for a unique get-together with friends or family? Then the Victorian Fort Clonque could be it. Part of Alderney's fascinating network of fortifications built to protect the islands from the French during the Victorian era, this fort is available through The Landmark Trust, and can host a group up to 13, for about £15 a night per person.

LandmarkTrust.org.uk

EAT:

JB Parkers - Guernsey

This St Peter Port restaurant and bar is the place for a relaxed meal in a lively setting. The main restaurant with open kitchen offers tasty starters like Guernsey baked crab rarebit or cider cured ham hock cucumber salad. There's a menu of charcoal grill dishes, as well as mains including a delicious pollock and langoustine pie topped with Guernsey butter mash. The restored wine cellar is where guests can enjoy vintage wines by the glass, thanks to the new, high-tech wine station. Private wine tastings from £35 per person, including sharing boards of gourmet cheeses and cured meats, are available in the adjacent private tasting room, hosted by manager David Legoupil.

jbparkers.com

Red - Guernsey

The Red House Grill offers dishes paired with international wines, weekend brunches and the upstairs Cocktail Bar is the lively spot to enjoy DJ mixes and cocktails at the weekends.

Red.gg

The Guernsey Movie Menu

This is a unique way to embrace The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society film, enjoying the flavours of Guernsey. The Old Government House has created a special themed menu reminiscent of the occupation period depicted in the film.

TheOghHotel.com

Portelet Beach Kiosk - Guernsey

For award-winning, Guernsey ice-cream by the sea, then head to this traditional kiosk overlooking Portelet fishing harbour.

VisitGuernsey.com

The Georgian House - Alderney

This is the place for a tasty lunch while exploring the diminutive island of Alderney. A classic period Georgian townhouse and garden on the main stone cobbled street of St Anne, with traditional pub, and restaurant, where you can order fresh fish and seafood, homemade soups, salads and seasonal specials. There are four simple, yet stylish ensuite rooms, each from £85, including breakfast.

GeorgianAlderney.com

DO:

Tour Guernsey

Andy Taylor has created unique island experiences, like the 'Potato Peel Pie' tour, or the 'Real Guernsey Tour' (3 hours from £55 per person) aboard his safari-style Land Rover Defender.

TourGuernsey.com

Rocquette Cider - Guernsey

Continuing the heritage of cider making on Guernsey, this artisan producer, found in the Fauxquets Valley, offers orchard tours and tastings at £20 per person.

Rocquettecider.com

Meadow Court Farm - Guernsey

The distinctive Guernsey dairy cows are unique in the world, producing rich golden creamy milk that makes the finest butter and cheeses. A two-hour tour of this authentic dairy farm costs £10 per person (free for under 12s).

MeadowcourtFarm.co.uk

Go Guernsey

This family business offers adventures on land and sea, from kayaking and paddleboard, to cycle hire. One-day bike hire is from £13 for an adult's trekking bike and £7 for a child's bike.

Go-Guernsey.gg

Alderney Tours

Gain an insider's perspective to the remarkable wildlife, nature and history of Alderney with John Horton, Alderney's Island Bird Observatory Warden. Two-hour round-the-island seasonal minibus tours are £15 per adult and £10 for children under 16.

AlderneyTours.co.uk

German Occupation Museum

The Channel Islands were occupied by Nazi Germany during WWII. This museum provides a remarkable insight to the period, and background to the extraordinary Nazi fortifications found around the islands.

GermanOccupationmuseum.co.uk

Alderney Town Walks

Hear island stories, meet the locals and learn about the architecture and lifestyle of Alderney on a 1.5-2 hour guided walk of St Anne. Upon request (24 hours notice) from the Visitor Information Centre, it costs £6 for adults, £3 for children (minimum four people).

VisitAlderney.com

TRAVEL:

Flights to Guernsey

Aurigny offers flights from London Gatwick to Guernsey from £90 per person. (Aurigny also offers direct flights from UK regional airports)

Aurigny.com

Ferry to Alderney

Island hop, with a seasonal day return fare to Alderney from £40 per person with The Little Ferry Company.

TheLittleFerryCompany.com