The best beach bars in the world? Las Tapitas at Petit Bôt and Fermain Bay

August 16, 2009 § Leave a comment

Within an hour of landing on Guernsey for our summer holiday, this was the view that greeted as we strolled from our cliff-top hotel, the Bon Port on Guernsey’s rugged south coast to the small but beautifully formed Petit Bôt bay for lunch at beach cafe Las Tapitas.


Las Tapitas is run by a friendly and efficient Portuguese team and they serve a good range of tapas as well as sandwiches and their own wood-fired pizza at lunchtime.  We ordered chorizo and peppers, meatballs in tomato sauce, sardines and grilled vegetable salad.  The food is fresh and hot, competently prepared, arrives quickly and is good value.  What more can you ask at lunchtime?


A range of dense custardy Portuguese puddings were on offer but we restricted ourselves to ice cream (oddly Mövenpick rather than Guernsey but nevertheless good), and excellent coffee – the foamiest cappuccino ever – served with delectable home-made chocolate biscotti.


Las Tapitas takes some beating, but the Fermain Bay Café, just 2 miles south of St Peter Port definitely gives it a run for its money.  The location is stunning:

The café is open all day and the menu which changes daily offers a tempting choice of drinks, cakes, and meals based on fresh local seafood from lunchtime through to evening.

We opted for mid-afternoon iced coffees and a swim before continuing on our coastal walk to St Peter Port.

We lingered as mid-afternoon melted into early evening and as we finally departed the first wave of the St Peter Port office crowd were arriving for drinks after work.  What an idyllic place to be a bank clerk…

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