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Beaucette’s Restaurant

A popular dish – Lobster salad,
with the lobster straight from the sea that morning
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The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina, Guernsey, (website) came under exciting new management and opened for business in June 2012.

Valerie and husband Chef James’ restaurant is now one of Guernsey’s best, benefitting from stunning views across Beaucette Marina and beyond to Herm, Jethou, Sark, Alderney and France, and, if you peek to the right a bit you can see ‘the other island’, Jersey.

The restaurant underwent full refurbishment with new décor and now has a large outside decking area for Al Fresco drinks and dining.

With Valerie’s eye for detail, the restaurant’s nautical theme has been kept and enhanced with splashes of red, ‘my favourite colour,’ added Valerie.

Whilst Valerie looks after the front of house, Chef James commands the kitchens.

Chef James

‘A splash of red – my favourite colour,’ says Valerie
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‘Good cooking is all about flavour, presentation and consistency. Often you’ll find chefs have books detailing their dishes, but my book is in my head,’ said James.

‘We cook everything from scratch, including all the sauces, stocks, biscuits and tuiles, cakes and desserts. All are made in my kitchen so we know they’re fresh, vibrant and most important of all, they taste right. Fish comes straight from the sea around us, and our meat and vegetables are all sourced locally.’

Chef James’s background is all food-focussed. Having left school James went straight to work experience in a hotel kitchen.

‘I loved it. From there I worked in a number of restaurants and under some great chefs, including Steve Halstead. For eleven years before opening The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina, I was chef at the busy Oatlands Courtyard Brasserie.’

In the kitchen, James has a Head Chef, three trainee chefs and a washer-upper. All are encouraged to be creative and bring fresh ideas, ‘which we all test and taste before allowing the changes or adding new dishes to the menu,’ added James, ‘and we’ll do whatever we can to help – plus it’s fun creating something new!’

The menus

Valerie and Chef James have created Table d’hôte and À la Carte menus for lunch, and a separate À la Carte menu for dinner.

‘If a party would like something special created, they only need to ask,’ added James. ‘Plus it’s fun creating something different!’

Chef José
creating crisps for the lunch menu
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You can even drop in for tea, coffee and cakes for elevenses, afternoon tea, and a sumptuous breakfast over a weekend.

When I say breakfast, think, for example, of anything from smooth scrambled eggs with a blanket of smoked salmon, served on crisp toast, to a full traditional English.

The wine list has a good range of 56 French, other European wines, and ‘Wines From Around The World’.

Opening Hours

The Restaurant at Beaucette is open Monday to Sunday inclusive – 7 days a week, 10am ’till late, including Bank Holidays, but closed on Sunday evenings.

Booking

Given the rising popularity of The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina it’s always advisable to book, especially at weekends – call them on 01481 247066.

Piers and Lin
from the Taste Buds of
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

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Chef James and wife Valerie
The Restaurant at Beaucette Marina