Insiders’ Guide: Gorey Village

With its medieval castle and fishing history, get to the heart of this idyllic harbour village


It’s one of Jersey’s best known locations, a relaxed fishing village with its pastel coloured cottages and alfresco restaurants, all overlooked by the medieval battlements of Mont Orgueil castle. Make like a local and spend a few hours over a long lunch in the sunshine, shop for some artisan food discoveries or experience Jersey’s history up close with a castle tour. Soak up the almost-French atmosphere – it’s not hard to get into the Gorey frame of mind and fall in love with the place.

Make a stop

The fishing village of Gorey is a centre for food heritage – from the steep castle-facing fields where the first of the island’s Jersey Royal potatoes are grown to the oyster beds revealed by the falling tide and the local fishing industry. Food’s been part of Gorey life for centuries, so take the opportunity to explore the village’s many restaurants. Try some locally-caught fish or seafood in a place where ‘catch of the day’ means exactly that, all served with a harbour view.


Gorey has two different sides to its character: Gorey Pier, where you’ll find a concentration of local restaurants, and the more residential Gorey village, home to a collection of more local stores. Don’t miss the chance to experience both - close to Gorey Pier you’ll find local souvenirs from Jersey Pearl and hand-crafted ceramics from local artist Jane James. Venture into the Gorey village to discover Eclat, a fashion and accessories boutique with a curated collection of finds, and the next door Kitchen café, with homemade cakes and tasty breakfasts.

Inspire me


Take home a taste of the island – literally – with tasty locally produced pots of preserves and condiments from The Works on Gorey Hill. From salted caramel to seaweed butter – made with locally gathered vraic, don’t miss the opportunity to experience some of Gorey’s food culture at this local institution. It’s ideal for foodie gifts, or put together your own gourmet picnic and find a sheltered spot on the sands of Grouville beach.


Stay for supper

Gorey’s perfectly positioned to catch the evening sun. Stay in the village a little later and have dinner on the pier or with a castle backdrop – Gorey’s a centre for great local restaurants so expect to be spoilt for choice. Try Crab Shack Gorey for excellent gastropub food with castle views, or Feast on the pier for a contemporary take on British and French cuisine, or treat yourselves to dinner at Sumas, where top notch local produce and seafood are served in a stunning setting.


See more

Walk to the end of the row of cottages on the pier and climb down to the hidden rocky beach hidden just behind the harbour. Admire the historic castle battlements close up, and find the secret path leading up to Mont Orgueil. As well as being a historic access route to the 13th century castle, it’s also one of the best places to spot Jersey’s native green lizards catching the sun on the granite walls.


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