A foodie’s guide to Guernsey

All information in this blog post is correct as of the publishing date,  28.09.17.

The famous annual Tennerfest event is starting in the Channel Islands on 1 October and for six weeks local restaurants across both islands will be creating special, all-inclusive menus at a lower cost.

The Guernsey Tennerfest will see restauranteurs offer their finest food at incredible prices with some menus starting at £10 and other menus costing £12.50, £15.00, £17.50 and £20.

The festival offers you the perfect reason to plan a Guernsey holiday in October and November. If you already have a holiday booked or are planning on a last-minute trip, then read our guide about the best places you can eat at in Guernsey.



Stunningly located above the Fermain Valley is Guernsey’s newest and most exciting culinary offering….Buho.

The Mexican restaurant, which is named after the Mexican word for owl, is unlike anything else available on the island. As you enter the restaurant you are met with swings to give diners a subtle taste of the Mexican street vibe that awaits you inside.

Inside there are booths, cushions featuring Mexican Day of the Dead artwork, cacti plants and a well-stocked bar. You can even head out onto the spacious terrace to get a stunning view of the Fermain Valley.

Buho has given Mexican street food classics a classy makeover. There are baby calamari and chipotle mayo on offer as potential starters. For mains you have a choice of nachos, a to-die-for grill selection, ensaladas served in tortilla bowls, and the undoubted star of the menu – The Buho Street Food all on offer. If you’ve managed to save a bit of space the desserts are definitely worth a try, especially the Churros Dulce De Leche.

There is a five page cocktail menu too! It’s packed full of classics such as Margaritas and Caipirinhas, Specials, rum, gin and vodka based cocktails, after dinner cocktails and of course a huge list of tequila and tequila based cocktails.

So get your amigos together for an evening of Mexican fun at Buho…you’ll have a ‘hoot’!

Pier 17

The Pier 17 restaurant overlooks Guernsey harbour and is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike.

Opened back in 2009, the simple blend of good food and good times has made the restaurant one of the islands best restaurants and its food is inspired by fresh and seasonal ingredients.

During the autumn sun you can enjoy Pier 17’s terraces as they overlook the historic Castle Cornet. It should come as no surprise then that it is a popular venue for drinks receptions, wedding receptions and celebratory meals.

Seamus Duggan, the owner of Pier 17, recommends some of the restaurants fish dishes. He says, “When I speak with visitors to Guernsey I usually recommend our fantastic fish to them, as when the boats are in the harbour you can see your meal from your table.”

The menu unsurprisingly, includes lots of fish dishes such as a chilled seafood platter, Fillet Mignon with Half Lobster and Seamus’ Scallops. There are also fillet beef dishes and a Best End of Lamb with Shoulder Confit dish.

The restaurant is a part of the Tennerfest festival and a three course meal here will cost just £20. Dishes that are a part of the offer include roasted cod fillet and chargrilled rib-eye steak.

The Old Quarter Restaurant

The Old Quarter Restaurant

The Old Quarter Restaurant will offer you a warm Guernsey welcome and no nonsense food that uses as much locally sourced ingredients as possible; fresh from the land and the sea.

The restaurant aims to highlight the best Guernsey has to offer each season and the menu changes regularly to reflect this.

This cosy restaurant can cater for around 50 people and is perfect for an intimate dinner for two or a meal to celebrate a family event. If you are planning to dine here it would be worth booking a table.

The restaurant is located in Mansell Street and is only a short walk from the harbour and the centre of St Peter Port. You will find the restaurant amongst antique dealers, art galleries, craft shops and fashion boutiques, so you can always do a spot of shopping before or after your meal.

The Old Quarter Restaurant has a special Tennerfest menu on offer with one course costing just £10 or a three course meal costing just £15. Meals that are a part of this include chargrilled pork steak, battered fish fillet and grilled whiting to name just a few.

La Reunion

Set in one of the most spectacular parts of the island, La Reunion offers superb food using the freshest local ingredients and making best use of Guernsey’s globally-acclaimed crab, scallops and fish.

The light and airy design of the building is complemented by an excellent and varied menu plus a massive range of cocktails which can be enjoyed while savouring the view.

The restaurant, which is named in honour of 18th century naval hero Admiral James de Saumarez who captured La Réunion off the Cotentin Peninsula, boasts a superb fish and seafood restaurant for both lunch and dinner.

The tempting menu changes with the seasons, according to what local fishermen are able to provide. There are also dietary specific menus available. If you love your wine, then you will appreciate the carefully selected wine pairings that have been chosen by the restaurant’s expert wine buyer.

During the Tennerfest festival you can enjoy a two course meal for just £17.50 or a special gourmet meal for £21.

La Reunion’s menu for the event includes starters such as duck breast salad and curried parsnip and pear soup, while main courses include options such as dry aged rump steak, roasted fillet of hake and mussels. Scrumptious desserts you can tuck into that are part of the menu include caramelised poached pear and iced coffee parfait.

Le Petit Bistro

Le Petit Bistro is situated in the heart of St Peter Port and the restaurant revels in the je ne sais quoi attitude that characterises French cuisine.

The restaurant is owned and run by Delphine Pesrin-Auder and executive Chef Mickael Pesrin, and both were trained in the art of French cooking and you will be able to notice this spirit in every plate.

The restaurant has a special Tennerfest menu and you can enjoy a two course meal for £15 or three courses for £17.50. Some of the main meals that you can enjoy include rustic coq au vin, crispy pork belly, local skate and bacon ‘terrine’ and grilled rump.

Les Douvres Hotel

Les Douvres Hotel is well-known for being a great place to stay during your holiday in Guernsey and for being beautifully located in Guernsey’s countryside.

However, the former 18th century manor house has a highly-acclaimed gastro-pub serving seasonal and local produce. The restaurant and bar at Les Douvres Hotel serves simple, rustic food with an emphasis on flavour and generous portions.

During Tennerfest the hotel is offering two courses for £12.50 and three courses for £15. Starters on the menu include Italian meatballs, smoked mackerel and Atlantic prawn salad; main courses include pizza diavola, seafood linguini and vegetable stir-fry; while desserts range from Eton mess to homemade apple crumble.

Houmet Tavern

Eating steak

Houmet Tavern boasts seafood and panoramic views across Grande Havre Bay and you can dine in the lounge, conservatory or sunny al fresco terrace.

From traditional pub grub to mouth-watering fresh Guernsey seafood, the menu at Houmet Tavern offers a bit of everything. You can also enjoy an award-winning pint of real ale, the Channel Island brewed Liberation Ale, alongside your meal.

During Tennerfest Houmet Tavern are offering two courses for just £12.50, so could enjoy starters such as Crunchy Chicken Strips and Pakora Cauliflower Fritters with main meals like Dingley Dell Pork Rib-eye Steak and Sirloin Steak.