Restaurant reviews

Exceptional food and even better views at La Fregate Hotel in Guernsey

When arranging a stay in Guernsey, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from. For us, with our little girl, staying at La Pointe Farm made a lot of sense; we had the space for her to run around in, we had a garden for her to burn off energy in, and we had cooking facilities that allowed us the flexibility we needed.

However, during our stay, we were lucky enough to get a glimpse of another stunning accommodation option: La Fregate Hotel and specifically, its dining offering.

La Fregate Hotel boasts panoramic sea views from all 22 of its bedrooms, and the same from its light, airy, enticing dining room.

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The morning sun in Guernsey is a special thing indeed, bringing the harbour at St Peter Port to life, and we can confirm that one of the best places to soak up the rays is the terrace at La Fregate, where fresh fish and seafood is served daily by the talented kitchen and waiting staff at the hotel.

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The menu at the restaurant at La Fregate revolves around big, bold ingredients served in a classic way that allows the local produce to sing.

Take the oysters, for example. The oysters here were cooked in a buttery sauce and just tasted like they’d been pulled from the sea mere minutes beforehand. The scallops, similarly, were presented beautifully, with a rather unusual ingredient (hazelnut) bringing out the unusual nutty overtones in this special dish.

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With Guernsey an island, it seemed wrong for us not to opt for fish as our main dishes, and so we did just that. The saltwater fish medley was the absolute star of the show. Just see the photo below for all the evidence you need of that. Bass, brill, skate, scallops, creamed spinach, and shellfish butter cream, this is the sort of dish you dream of if you’re a fish and seafood fan but you live in landlocked parts of the UK like we do! The fish was all perfectly cooked, falling apart with the edge of a fork, and the shellfish butter cream added that punch of flavour to contrast with the tender, subtle white fish.

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The other fish dish we sampled was also a delight, the bream brought to life by the hit of citrus from the sauce, and a textural difference introduced by the dried pineapple. A winner of a dish, this was another case of allowing fresh ingredients to steal the show, with other ingredients taking up the supporting roles.

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La Fregate Hotel not only has a fantastic restaurant with the sort of atmosphere fit for a special occasion, romantic dinner, or like us, a family lunch out, but also boasts excellent accommodation offers.

Perhaps the most tempting is the offer for Guernsey residents, who can stay overnight when booked in for dinner for 50% off the normal room rate. Whatever your excuse, and whatever your reason, give La Fregate Hotel in St Peter Port a try; it will stick in your mind for all the right reasons.

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