Guernsey Bite of the Week: The Rock Garden

The Rock Garden, Fermain Valley Hotel

Nestled above Guernsey’s picturesque Fermain Bay, the Fermain Valley Hotel includes The Rock Garden, a contemporary bar and restaurant that features mouth-watering cocktail creations, sharing dishes, tapas, sushi, and a small selection of perfectly cooked steaks, meats, and fish dishes.

The Rock Garden serves up a tantalising selection of cocktails, from post-work tipples to audacious celebration drinks. Classics such as the Martini, the Bramble, the Old Fashioned, and the Mint Julep sit aside locally created concoctions, from the Fermain White Lady to the Rock Garden Flower. A perfect collection for all occasions!

A Social Affair

Eating at the Rock Garden is a social activity. The menu is tailored to sharing and socialising, with sushi and tapas taking centre stage. Tapas come in all shapes and sizes, hot or cold, with highlights including salt cod and potato crostini, baby pequillo peppers stuffed with feta cheese, Toulouse sausage with puy lentils, marinated halloumi cheese, and roast Guernsey scallops with a tasty red lentil dahl. The larger sharing platters are perfect for grazing whilst catching up; the classics on offer range from local oysters, simply served or Rockefeller style, a charcuterie plate of salty, moreish meats and pickled vegetables, and a whole baked Camembert with fresh bread for dipping.

The main course menu at the Rock Garden is small and well-formed, complimenting the sharing starters that go before. Diners can choose great value classic dishes, including catch of the day with chunky chips, slow-cooked Moroccan lamb, and a great glazed ham hock with local honey and pease pudding. For those looking for a treat, you can’t go wrong with the beef selection, from the tartar of Scottish fillet with a fresh hen’s egg, to the aged Scottish rib eye steak with a velvety Béarnaise sauce.

The focus on sharing platters and strong savoury flavours means that the dessert menu is small, with only four classic dishes available at £5.95 each. Choose from apple crumble, tarte au citron, crème brulé, or a strong espresso semifreddo, or simply order another cocktail!

With a fantastic drinks menu, tasty dishes for every taste, unique video wall, and outdoor granite terrace, The Rock Garden is a one-of-a-kind in Guernsey. Ideal for celebrations, special occasions, or simply enjoying an early evening drink in the sun.

The 4 star Fermain Valley Hotel is open all year, with rooms available from £69 per person, per night.

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