Back in early March, I went on a journey to visit my third cousin and his mum on Guernsey! Shortly after returning to England, I dropped my iPhone in the toilet, and lost all the photos I had taken. Thankfully my relations had taken a select few photos during my visit, so I have been able to cobble together a report that doesn’t rely solely on words.
For those of you who don’t know, Guernsey is one of the Channel Islands between England and France, and it forms it’s own distinct political unit in relation to the UK. The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a Crown Dependency, and it is not officially a part of the UK. Getting all that out of the way, it is also an extremely beautiful little island with interesting coastlines, lush greenery, and some of the best melding of English and French culture that you’ll ever see!
Whilst we spent most of the time sightseeing and getting acquainted, we also took the time to watch some Guernsey sand racing along the beach. Lots of old beater cars giving it their all in the wet sand!
They also have a few local brews that I managed to try on my miniature pub crawl one Monday afternoon. In one of the pubs I met a crazed Irishman who told me wild tales about defeating 10 trained fighting men (each one trained in a different code) in a bar in Mexico. I suspect he had a tendency to exaggerate when pissed.
Liberation Brewery IPA
Sampled at the Ship & Crown. Quick notes jotted down as follows.
Really nice. Soft, smooth, nice malt/hops balance on the forefront, followed by a pleasant and refreshing lingering hop finish.
Rating: 4/5 Excellent
Cousin Ewan joined me for a drink and a few games of pool on the last stop, before we went for a lovely dinner with his mum at the Rockmount Pub where I tried the Rocquette Cider.
Rocquette Cider at the Rockmount
Appearance: golden and lively
Nose: sweet and tangy apples
Palate: gentle carbonation, tart apples
Finish: this is where it gets good! weird and yeasty, touch of odd apples
Rating: 3/5 Good, nearly 4/5
All told it was a fantastic little trip, and I look forward to my next visit to Guernsey and/or with Ewan and his mum!