The Longfrie Inn is a popular family friendly restaurant. It is located in St Peters, quite close to the airport. Unfortunately this is quite far away from most other places on the island and takes me half an hour to get there, which is a long time in Guernsey!
The Longfrie is known for the witch on the roof. A witch has always been hanging off the chimney and now there is a picture off one on the roadside sign. In Guernsey folklore black and white witches and wizards practiced witch craft and wizardry on the island. The covens met four times a week at the Longfrie crossroads, where the Inn is located. Not sure if I believe any of that but I assume this was the inspiration for the theme.
The Longfrie has a large car park which can get very full. The entrance is in the car park and has a few steps to go down to enter. If asked, the staff will however put a ramp down for wheelchair access.
After entering staff will promptly find you a table. Often you can choose where about you wish to sit. You do not have to reserve tables but in the school holidays it is almost guaranteed you will get turned away if you haven't reserved a table. This has happened to my family before. They do try to find some space for you but are so busy during holidays they cannot provide a table. You can wait but you could be standing there for a long time.
After being seated a waitress will take your drink order. The available drinks include fizzy drinks, wines, local beers, j2o and Ribenas.
The food at the Longfrie is homemade and includes burgers, jacket potatoes, fish, lasagna, curries and other traditional bar meals and childrens favourites like fish fingers, chicken nuggets.
They always serve food quickly, usually within 15 to 20 minutes of ordering and the food is always delicious. I have never had a bad meal here. We have never had any issues with our food but I'm sure they would be happy to sort it out if we did.
During the meal staff will check everything is ok and the owner is often around chatting to people.
They will always wait for everyone to finish before taking plates away. I think this is important as it is rude otherwise.
To end the meal you are offered a desert menu and the choice to have tea, coffee or hot chocolate. The deserts change between the seasons from apple pie in winter to banana split and locally grown strawberries in the summer. Those are my favorite deserts but they do have others.
After you have finished your meal they will not rush you out. You can stay as long or short as you want.
They will always adapt meals for you and I have had meals like egg and chips which weren't on the menu.
They always treat their customers with excellent quality customer service. We have been most Tuesdays for years and they usually know our order without us telling them.
The main reason people visit the Longfrie is for the large indoor soft play area. It is free entry during the school term and a small fee during holidays. This is because it is always so busy during holidays. Holiday times are usually supervised.
Inside the play area is a ball pit, rope swings, slide, haunted house area (which is really dark and scared me as a child) and games consoles.
I used to love going in here when I was younger and children who visit now enjoy it just as much.
The Longfrie caters for events like birthday parties regularly. I have been to many here. They have to be booked so they can prepare the tables.
The Longfrie was redecorated a few years ago and now has comfy leather chairs and pretty paintings around the walls.
During the winter a coal fire is lit giving the place a warm and homely feel whilst in the summer there are tables in the garden and sometimes a bouncy castle.
The Longfrie is opened Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and evening meals. They have reasonable prices and are a great family restaurant. But be warned, unless you want children screaming and running past you every two minutes, dont go in school holidays.