Fleur du Jardin
“Island dining-pub with heaps of awards” - AA Inspector
Named after a long-vanished breed of Guernsey cattle, this magnificent granite and golden stone property has slumbered here for over 500 years. You can see the evidence in the low, beamed ceiling, old fireplaces and stone features, yet such seasoned charm is cleverly complemented by contemporary decor and design. With the coast so close in all directions, fresh seafood, such as baked Guernsey crab, is an important part of the menu; indeed, you may well see a local fisherman lugging a weighty sea bass through to the kitchen. Pork may come from pigs raised listening to soothing music on a local farm. Other contenders for your enjoyment include Thai red curry; a sizzling chicken, beef or king prawn platter; and specials, such as slow-braised lamb shank, and wild mushroom risotto. After the short walk from Vazon Bay, head for the bar and its ever-changing selection of island and mainland beers, real cider from nearby Castel and carefully selected wines.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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About The area
Guernsey is far from being a large island – it covers only 25 square miles (65 sq km). But it does have a long and complex history, which has left it independent in most matters from its immediate neighbours; the UK and France. Both French and English are spoken widely here, as is a local French dialect, Guernésiais.
The island itself is mild in winter and warm in summer, making it an attractive place to holiday. As you’d expect it also enjoys a good range of coastal features, including charming bays, family-friendly beaches (sandy and pebbled; 27 in all), walker-friendly cliff paths, and many opportunities for kayaking or surfing. There is an airport, but no railway, and buses are plentiful. Those with cars should be aware though, that the speed limit is 35mph. Saint Peter Port is the capital and covers about 10 per cent of the island. Victor Hugo lived in exile here from 1855 to 1870, and his house is one of the many attractions of the town. Another is Castle Cornet, an impressive defensive complex, parts of which date back 800 years.
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