For those of you fortunate enough to get a brief in Guernsey, make the most of it and see everything this beautiful Channel island has to offer. Why not couple business with pleasure and make a holiday of it? We did. Here are our best tips
Christian Holiday, Conference and Retreat Centre,
St Peter’s Port
Employment Relations Service, Commerce & Employment,
Raymond Falla House
PO Box 459
Telephone number: 01481 234567
Getting to Guernsey
Fly from your nearest airport. Flight time is just over 1 hour direct from London. You should be able to get tickets for less than £100 if you book early enough and shop around.You don’t need your passport; photo ID will do.
Check www.skyscanner.net for flights.
Onward travel from Guernsey airport:
From the airport, your best bet is to get a taxi direct to the tribunal or to wherever you are staying. The island is fairly small, so a taxi journey shouldn’t put you out by more than £10.
GUERNSEY | PLACES TO EAT
If you’re after a quick bite, you are best off staying in Les Cotils and eating at the Les Cotils Coffee Shop and Bistro. In summer, you can sit out in the conservatory or outside decking and catch some rays as you look over their award-winning gardens. For those of you staying in Guernsey and with time to venture further from the tribunal, try out these places:
The Old Government House Hotel, St Ann’s Place
Inside this five-star spa hotel (the only one in Guernsey) you will not only find a brilliant brasserie, which does fabulous dinners for reasonable prices, but also the most decadent afternoon teas for only £18. Tea is served in a plush lounge but we would definitely recommend moving into their The Olive Grove garden on a warm day.
Old Quarter, 15 Mansell Street
This Irish-influenced restaurant prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and is probably the best value restaurant on the island, doing three course lunches for only £12pp. They even cater for gluten-free diners. What’s not to love?!
Le Petit Bistro, 56 Lower Pollet
An excellent French bistro with a buzzy atmosphere and extensive a la carte menu. Service can be a little on the slow side. This place is an institution on the island. Try some fresh, local fish.
La Frégate, Les Cotils
If you’re after Guernsey French fine dining, this is the place. It offers a wide variety of meat and fish dishes – everything from pigeon to oysters – and desserts that will keep you happy for days afterwards. The views over St Peter’s Port harbor don’t hurt either. It is on the pricey side but fitting for a special treat; plus the lunch deals can be good. Not much for vegetarians.
The Conservatory at Moores Hotel, Le Pollet
You may have to walk through a less-than-luxury Best Western hotel to reach the restaurant, but what awaits is delightful. Think reliably good, traditional, international food. The menu changes daily. Very good value for money.
GUERNSEY: PLACES TO STAY
There are some excellent accommodation options close to the court; but don’t be scared to stay further afield either as everything is easily accessible by taxi. We would recommend the following for a great stay and great value:
Duke of Richmond, Cambridge Park
Walking distance from the Employment Tribunal, this four-star hotel ticks all the boxes. The rooms are of a good size, and the hospitality is almost unbelievable: the staff know you by name; snacks are available throughout the day; and we even got complimentary coffee at 3am as we burned the midnight oil! Breakfast was included and the choice was varied. Look out for offers.
Le Fregate Hotel
Also close to the tribunal venue, this hotel is similar in price and quality to the Duke of Richmond. The food is a little more expensive but they do deliver breakfast to the room, which can be worth it!
Old Government House Hotel and Spa, St Ann’s Place
The only five-star hotel on the island, this hotel exudes opulence with its large rooms, beautiful views, and decadent breakfasts. Service is extremely attentive. The spa and fitness centre add that little extra that you just can’t get at its competitors.
Fermain Valley Hotel
This coastal hotel is slight farther away from St Peter’s Port than the others, but it makes up for it with its free shuttle bus service, which takes you almost anywhere you want in the centre. The rooms were modern but beautifully decorated and the restaurant downstairs is appealing for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Everything in Guernsey seems charming, but this particularly so!
Best Western Hotel De Havelet, Havelet
This three-star hotel is almost 25 minutes’ walk from the tribunal; but is brilliant value for money. Great service, pleasant rooms and a pool!