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DESTINATIONS GUERNSEY SHORT BREAKS


we’d had time to put some stamps in the hotel’s Gin Passport, which allows visitors to make their way through 37 locally and internationally made gins. The hotel has created The Guernsey


ASK THE EXPERT


Gill McCarthy, sales director, Airways Holidays Guernsey is a gastronomic


delight. Customers are choosing the island for a foodie break as the


quality and choice of restaurants is constantly evolving. Airways Holidays’ 2019 brochure features a section on Gourmet Guernsey. We have highlighted some of our favourite restaurants, foodie facts and some of the best terraces.


Literary and Potato Peel Society menu to tie in with the book and film. It features dishes inspired by the German occupation during the Second World War, when the OGH was used by officers as a military headquarters, becoming a ‘soldatenheim’ (recreation centre for soldiers) in 1941. The menu included soldatenheim


broth and potato peel pie – but I imagine our pie was tastier than the islanders’ wartime version. The gastronomic delights extend to smaller sister island of Alderney, where St Anne feels more like a seaside town than a capital city. It may be small, but lunch at the


Georgian House was perfectly formed, with delicious seafood options on the menu: Alderney fish soup, pickled mackerel, crab, sea bass, samphire, lobster, pollock and oysters. Return flights from Guernsey to Alderney start at £96 with Aurigny, while day return trips with The Little Ferry Company cost £50 per person (May to September). Alderney Tours offers two-hour guided sightseeing trips around the island for £15 per adult (April to October).


ABOVE:


J B Parker’s RIGHT:


St Peter Port


◗ BACK TO THE LAND Back on Guernsey, we explored with Andy Taylor of Tour Guernsey in a huge safari truck, which let us spy over hedges into fields and farms. Our first stop was at Rocquette


Cider for an orchard tour with Craig Alexander, who used to run the local airline Aurigny. He showed us how apples from 5,000 trees are collected and processed, and we sampled the cider and apple juice while listening to his plans to start distilling apple brandy. Next on the tour was Meadow Court


Farm to see the 156-strong herd of world-famous Guernsey cows and to coo over the calves. Farmer Ray Watts gave us samples of cheeses produced on the farm. Lunch was a picnic buffet, spread on the bonnet of the truck, to give us enough energy for a cycling tour of the island with Go Guernsey. It was a leisurely ride, with a chance


to learn more about the German occupation of the island and get off the beaten track among the hedgerows to discover ‘hedge veg’ – tables of produce left on sale by the locals. We ended at the Portelet Beach


Kiosk for ice cream and fruit loaf Guernsey ‘gâche’ – pronounced ‘gosh’, – a fitting end to our foodie adventure. visitguernsey.com


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Aurigny offers flights from Gatwick to Guernsey from £90. The airline also flies from Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Manchester, Leeds/ Bradford and Norwich. aurigny.com


Airways Holidays features four nights’ bed and breakfast at the Bella Luce Hotel from £455 per person, departing April 2. The price includes flights from Gatwick, transfers and a ‘Gintroduction’ experience at Wheadon’s Gin distillery.


airwaysholidays.com


The Duke of Richmond Hotel in St Peter Port has double rooms from £250 per night, including breakfast. dukeofrichmond.com


A three-hour trip with Tour Guernsey costs from £55 per person. Tours operate from May to September. tourguernsey.com


Bike hire with Go Guernsey starts from £13 a day. go-guernsey.gg


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PICTURE: JOHN DE GARIS


PICTURES: SHUTTERSTOCK; VISIT GUERNSEY/CHRIS GEORGE PHOTOGRAPHY; ANDY LE GRESLEY


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