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.
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 Jersey Crab Shack Gorey for excellent gastropub food with castle views, or, on the pier itself, Feast offers up a contemporary take on British and French cuisine whilst The Moorings is the perfect spot for for a sharing platter or long, leisurely lunch. Sumas has stunning views overlooking the harbour and serves top notch local produce and seafood.
Jersey Crab Shack – Gorey
A stones throw from the medieval Mont Orgueil Castle, and with views across the beautiful Royal Bay of Grouville, Jersey Crab Shack makes a perfect lunch or dinner stop while exploring the east of the island. Enjoy coffee or cocktails on the terrace while taking in the view, or order from the island-inspired big and small plate menu.
Located on Gorey Pier, Feast overlooks the harbour and basks in the magnificence of Mont Orgueil Castle. Feast offers an easy, relaxed atmosphere dressed in a distinctive and eclectic style. Specialising in simple, delicious and modern cuisine, including sticky pork ribs, Thai green curry and our famous salt and pepper crispy squid.
A boutique restaurant located on the east of the island overlooking Mont Orgueil Castle and the picturesque harbour of Gorey. Casual fine dining with seasonally changing menus, plenty of local shellfish and seafood on offer, as well as meat and vegetarian options. Fruits de mer platters will be available during the summer months.
The Bass & Lobster
The Bass & Lobster prides itself on 2 things; local food and great service. You're guaranteed that the title dishes, bass and lobster, are served daily and the chef has local hidden treasures ready for your latest dining experience. Located along a snug stretch of Gorey coastline, with a terrace, the restaurant offers comfortable open plan dining.
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.
Sitting on the east coast of Jersey, and about 14 miles from the coast of Normandy, the small village of Gorey was, for hundreds of years, the frontline of defence between the British Isles and its enemy, the French.
Interested in finding out more about the fascinating history of Gorey? Then make sure to catch up with ‘Villages by the Sea’ on BBC iPlayer as archaeologist Ben Robinson follows the story of this small village’s history as an important military location, from Mont Orgueil castle built in the 1200s to the experiences of the village in the second world war when occupied by Hitler’s army.