The Best Cocktails in Guernsey

The sun falls in Guernsey and its time to experience the array of restaurants it has to offer. The 9 by 5 mile island is small, but as a home to over 60 thousand people… there needs to be something to do when days at the beach are over and winter approaches.

1 Red

  • Average price: £8
  • View: 9/10
  • Vibe: 8/10
  • Seating: Limited
  • Cocktail to try: Raspberry Cosmo

Located along the seafront of St Peter Port the view of the harbour is not one to miss. Come evening the harbour walk is lit up and the castle in the distance gives the perfect picturesque ambience a cocktail needs.

The interior provokes mystery with dark red velvet seating and low ceilings. The seated area on a raised landing offers comfy cornered couches for small groups but on a date vibe can be veering towards gentleman’s club. But a few raspberry cosmos and it’s not a focal point.

Instead the private DJ on Friday and Saturday nights brings in the crowds and inspires a bit of a groove with the optional balcony escape to admire the view and sip a cocktail.

2 Slaughter House

  • Average price: £7.50
  • View 8/10
  • Vibe 7/10
  • Seating: Very Good
  • Cocktail to try: Elderflower Bellini

Not to be put off by the name. An old slaughter house turned steak house and cocktail bar. The old cobbled walls, dark interior and high ceilings provides a sophisticated Friday night.

Large tables with circular bar stools and outdoor heaters gives an ideal setting for large groups conveniently located a few steps from the large bar that connects into the indoor area for seated meals.

But take a small detour to the narrow steps that take you up to the balcony area with a few small tables and a spectacular view of one of Guernsey’s beaches where you can spot kite surfers and sailors. And ideal location for early drinks before taking the 5 minute walk along the seafront to a central location of town.

3 The Hook

  • Average price: 9
  • View 7/10
  • Vibe 8/10
  • Seating: Good
  • Cocktail to try: Tiki Blinder (for 2)

A restaurant famous for its fresh sushi offers more than just a taste of Japan. It’s elegant spiral staircase leads you up to the upper levels of the building. Hidden by a subtle door and another staircase is a sleek and stylish cocktail bar with a view to die for… the only issue is it seems the view isn’t given enough attention with only a small window to admire it (this does provide a nice frame photography opportunity nevertheless).

But the ambience of Hook’s bar is excellent come 11pm. If you’re looking for early cocktails it’s a bit of a ghost bar, but the buzzy environment come midnight is one to make you feel like you aren’t on a quaint french island but instead a sophisticated London style bar. Be sure to add this one to your list, even if you do just go for the sushi.

Colorado’s Hidden Desert.

When you think of Colorado you think of snow covered Rocky Mountains, river canyons and the odd cowboy boot. But as we took a detour on road trip to explore all the landscape it had to offer, we found ourselves a taste of coastline.

Growing up on an island I was used to the sand between my toes but finding it in Colorado was something I didn’t predict.

We questioned whether we were about to arrive at an underwhelming small sandpit overgrown by greenery.

But hidden away through trees is an Arabian style dessert stretching as far as your eyes would take you. Visitors would take the walk to reach the other side of the plain that got increasingly windy as you approach the depths of the southern desert.

Those who made it can take sledges to slide down the naturally formed sand dunes and others can simply take the moment to photograph the surprising landscape that made use of Colorado’s large area of land.

An area of land that’s a worthwhile detour from the other desirable landscapes Colorado has to offer for locals and tourists alike.

“I can’t go diving cause I’m afraid of sharks.” Myth solved

Ever since the time where jaws began people have been afraid of sharks. The mammoths of the sea they say. Flesh eating beasts out to kill anything that comes into its path. I beg to differ.

Yes the shark has the ability and proven record of killing a human. But you can’t base fact off fiction.

FACTS of things you’re more likely to die of than shark attacks:

• more likely to die from a champagne cork (24 deaths a year)

• Choking (3,000 deaths a year)

• Cows (20 a year)

• hit by a falling coconut (150 deaths)

So would you avoid lunch or anywhere with coconuts?

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

Having been one of the majority myself, I too was scared of sharks when I was around 10. We were going on our first diving holiday where I was old enough to take part.

Diving into the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, all I wanted was to not see a shark. But as I emerged from the water after a short try dive – the first thing I said to my dad was 5! I saw 5 sharks! And I was so excited.

WHY SHARKS DONT MIND DIVERS

Why wasn’t I scared? Because they didn’t even notice I was there. After my first shark sighting I found myself searching for sharks. They actually just wanted to keep themselves to themselves.

Divers are different to surfers which are killed far more than any other human in the sea. Sharks are inquisitive and when you’re flapping around on the surface and they’re looking for their next meal – they’re gonna try a little nibble. Not because they’re vicious but because they think you’re a vulnerable seal.

When you’re diving with sharks you’re just one of them. You’re calm. You’re bubbles show you’re very obviously not a seal on the surface. They’re your mate. Mate could be a stretch, but you’re not dinner.

CONCLUSION

If sharks are stopping you from diving. Think again.

If you like travelling and exploring the world you’re missing one big part of it by not exploring underwater. Make bubbles.

Wombling. The Beach Protectors of Guernsey.

When you hear the verb wombling perhaps you think of the yellow, long nosed, characters waddling across your tv screens in the 80s and 90s. Well you wouldn’t be wrong.

But that isn’t to say the people wombling in Guernsey are yellow, long nosed characters. But perhaps a slight waddle as they stop in their tracks to collect rubbish off the scenic coastlines is where they get their name.

The pictures of Guernsey you see on a google search or hashtag on Instagram don’t necessarily show polluted beaches from one end of the 9 by 5 mile to the other, no. But this is not what the womblers are trying to suggest. Speaking to a wombler myself he says islanders are lucky that the beaches are protected but it’s the little effort that can make a big difference.

Starting by picking up stray bottle caps and receipts in his pocket, Andrew now carries a self made paint-tin-wombler-bin to the beach with him to make our beaches safer and cleaner. But, what may surprise your initial judgment of supposed greenies that have too much time… Andrew has a day job in finance…. A desire to do voiceovers… and is originally from Zimbabwe. Andrew is not a Guernsey bred and born “donkey” … but instead someone who yes wants to help the environment, as we all say we want to after watching a David Attenborough documentary… But Andrew also does it simply to relax. The mental health benefits one gets from not only helping the environment but a time out to think, stroll along the beach and hope that one day it isn’t a receipt that dropped out someone’s pocket, but a £20 note instead.

NOTE: The Wombles were originally created by Alderney resident Elizabeth Beresford. Alderney is the northernmost of the inhabited Channel Islands and is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Tunnels connecting the Channel Islands. Fantasy? One man thinks not

Transport links between the Channel Islands have been a long-standing issue. Whether it be the long delays at the airport with the drowning fog that the small 20 row planes can’t land in… or maybe the hottest issue this season is the overpriced tickets making every venture off island 100 pounds + more expensive.

Guernsey, in particular, struggles with this debate. A longer runway is one idea but a tunnel seems to be the new dig.

Research

Based on his research of the Faro Islands… one man believes that their success creating tunnels of a similar distance between their islands…means its a mimic-able task.

I contacted one of the lead researchers of the tunnels connecting the two islands of which had names I could never pronounce… (Skálafjørður og Tórshavn). He confirmed, in broad terms, that it could be done following a similar distance tunnel they have in the making. But one thing.. the ground we have beneath our channel is different to there’s. So who really knows?

How?

Well a solo project in Guernsey, has a plan. A slideshow of a plan in fact which I had the pleasure of seeing. Slide one… a dual carriageway tunnel between Jersey and Guernsey running under Herm and Sark, with the possibility of a stop off point in sark with a lift for safety, island access, and rest point.

Why?

The island would increase GDP by sharing trade, decrease the cost of government with linked strategy and even shared a hospital to offer patients more specialist doctors, quicker appointment time and so on. The slides also add that there would be increased social cohesion… something that possibly could take some working on given the rivalry of the “crappos” and the “donkeys”.

General response?

Never going to happen is the initial thought. But after looking at what could really be shared between the islands… maybe there’s light at the end of this tunnel.