Restaurant reviews

Copenhagen Bar and Grill in Guernsey: More than just the view

A short walk from La Vallette Underground Military Museum, one of the must-see attractions near St Peter’s Port, Copenhagen Bar and Grill offers some of the best al fresco views in this bustling but beautiful part of Guernsey.

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With the restaurant named after the Danish capital, you won’t be surprised to see upon glancing through the menu that there is a slight nod to Scandinavian cuisine with the option to order a range of smörgåsbords. However, the real highlights of an excellent and varied menu focus heavily on the local seafood found in abundance around the island.

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After spending some time simply enjoying the view (and a refreshing drink from the bar) we sat down and were quickly presented with a kids’ activity pack, which our little girl loved. The staff were excellent with her, making her the centre of attention at all times.

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One of the main positives in terms of the kids’ menu was the chance to mix and match from different options, making it easy to pick the perfect meal. For our little one, we ordered fish goujons with mash and peas, and she wolfed it all down!

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For us, the starter of bread and flavoured butters and olives was the perfect start to our meal. The anchovy butter in particular went really well with the warm bread, which you could tell had just been baked.

For our mains, we couldn’t resist the paella after noticing the paella section on the menu. The other options sounded fresh and interesting, but we love seafood and paella is one of our favourite dishes, so we wanted to see how well it could be recreated using local ingredients many miles from Spain!

Just as the view was exceptional, so was the paella. We ordered the traditional paella rather than the seafood one, but there was still an abundance of seafood, with juicy prawns, and fresh mussels, all of which combined beautifully with the chorizo and chicken.

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The paella rice had been cooked perfectly and the flavour of the saffron shone through without being at all overwhelming. It’s fair to say we were impressed by a dish that is easy to do very badly!

At this point, we were defeated (the paella could easily have fed three!) but our little girl rounded off her meal with a bowl of ice cream (free with the kids’ menu). Suffice to say she was a fan!

Copenhagen Bar and Grill may boast stunning views, but the view alone is not what this restaurant is all about; the quality of the food is top-notch, and if you’re lucky enough to be staying at the adjoining Best Western Hotel, you’ll have great food right on your doorstep.

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