I’m a huge fan of brunch. It’s one of the things I miss most about living in London. I used to love going for brunch and catching up with friends. It was one of my favourite weekend activities. I haven’t really been able to do that so much in Guernsey. Until now. A few places now have much improved breakfast and brunch menus and The Old Government House Hotel & Spa is a shining example. Their new menu has a whole variety of healthy options, all designed in collaboration with my old friend, nutritionist Sophie Shand, who helped me with my gut health last summer. Read the post here if you haven’t already.
I eat out a lot. So I need healthy options to be able to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I’ve been a couple of times to The OGH, as it is known locally, for brunch. The first time was a couple of weeks’ ago for my friend’s Guernsey Hen Do – we went for the bottomless option and it was marvellous fun.
Then my mum was here over bank holiday weekend last week and we were invited to go and check out the new offering. On the menu are a lot of healthy brunch options and a variety of juices, plus the option of upgrading to a bottomless brunch with prosecco, bellinis or Bloody Marys (which have bacon in them!) You can view the Bottomless Brunch menu here. It’s healthy with a touch of decadence, which you would expect for a meal out at a five star establishment (The OGH is the only 5* hotel on the island.)
I opted for the scrambled eggs with salmon and sweet potato rosti. Pretty predictable for me, but it was delicious and comes with a nice heap of smoked salmon. My mum had the Eggs Benedict and Rob chose the sourdough club sandwich, which also came with sweet potato fries. That’s a great option for those who are hungry as it’s quite the plateful compared to some of the other menu items. I also tried out the Heartbeat Smoothie. I wouldn’t usually go beetroot and banana in the same drink, but it worked. However, I’m not sure how often I’d order it considering how heavy it is. I have previously had their Young Blood juice which is a nice green option for the health nuts out there. As it was a Sunday and a Bank Holiday weekend, we also went bottomless. Well, why not?!
I wanted someone to order the butternut squash feta pancakes because I’ve heard that they are amazing, but they’re made with milk & wheat flour which is why I didn’t order a whole plate to myself, as those ingredients don’t sit well with me. I still want to taste them though, so I’ll have to go back with someone willing to share!
I do know that there is a healthier breakfast menu with granola and smoked kedgeree and other fun things on it, but that isn’t what they serve for the Sunday brunch in The Crown Club, the hotel’s resident bar. I do recommend you try it out though – especially if you are staying there and eating in The Brasserie, the hotel’s main restaurant. I think it’s great for business travellers or guests looking for something light and healthy to start the day off right before hitting the cliffs or exploring the town. Not everyone wants a full fry-up and a bucket of tea. I certainly don’t.
I’d definitely recommend a nice weekend brunch at the OGH. It’s especially a great option for a special occasion because the service and atmosphere has a touch of grandeur that you cannot find elsewhere on the island. I love sitting in the conservatory of The Crown Club. What I will say is that the dishes have slightly differed each time that I have been, but I imagine that is just teething problems as they understand supply and demand for the new menu and ingredients, and at least that means that it’s all fresh, right? They have also recently introduced entire wellness weekends incorporating the new healthy menu options alongside yoga and trainer-led workouts, which I think is a nice addition to the cream tea and cocktails that they already have in their repertoire and are well-known for. It’s all about balance and options and The OGH now have that nailed.
Thanks to The OGH for inviting me to try out the new menu – and for providing some of the photos.*
To find out more about The Old Government House Hotel & Spa, Guernsey and their food & drink options, visit www.oghhotel.com
*Please note that I was invited by the OGH to try out the menu, but this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.