I wanted a cheap break in Guernsey, and found this little time-warp gem in St Peter Port.
The Forrester's Arms is easily found by walking for ten minutes or less north along the seafront from the bus station - reached for a very reasonable 60p from the airport on service No. 7A. "A" for anti-clockwise, No. 7 buses circulate the island each way.
This is a pub with accomodation rather than a hotel, and is run (since 1979) by a charming lady called Linda, with her partner. There are few rooms, and from the guest book, they aren't that heavily booked either, which means a lot of people who could have a great deal aren't getting one.
This is an old-fashioned pub - saloon bar with pool table and separate lounge, and caters for the most part for locals. The bar menu was chalked up in the 1970's, and has not changed since. The same comment could be applied to the chair and seat covers, the whole thing having a worn, though comfortable air about it. Food-wise it is certainly possible to fill up well, and cheaply, albeit witha fair colesterol content for less than £6. Easy, convenient, quick, and still under a tenner with a couple of pints.
My room, a double with twin beds, shower and toilet, was comfortable, clean, and with appalling decor, in varying shades of red. Red walls, bed linen, carpet. Red chairs to sit on. And a picture of a galleon in full sail on the wall. Starck this is not, but who cares what the decor is when you are asleep? The shower was good hot and copious, and a T.V. coughed up the weather forecast - pretty much all I want to see on holiday.
As well as a key to the room, I was given a key to the outer door - essential as the pub is shut to the public on a Sunday - though breakfast was still supplied. And what a breakfast! After a couple of days of struggling through a huge and comprehensive traditional English fry-up, I took mercy on my struggling arteries and threatened waistline, and asked for a half-portion. This kept me going happily to supper-time....
Now to cost. I was charged £30/night B&B for single occupancy of a double room, and thought this to be really good value for money. I could have stayed elsewhere for more cost, but frankly, what could I have gained? Better decor? Probably. Nicer people? Unlikely. Better location? Not really - the views are straight across the Bay, and it really is just a few minutes to the centre of town. The only downside I guess is that the road is quite busy, and noisy. Doesn't bother me, but if total peace and quiet is your thing, look elsewhere.
In summary, a good, honest, straightforward great value for money way to stay in Guernsey. If I returned, I would not, judging by the guest-book, be the first returnee by a long chalk - and this is always a good sign. Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional pub, showing all sports, a games lounge with a pool table, darts, games machine and juke box. Karaoke weekly ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Foresters Arms Hotel St Peter Port
- Foresters' Arms Guernsey/St Peter Port, UK