restaurants and bars
Restaurants and bars are very limited and are open at certain times only, have to be booked in advance or close out of the tourist season, so please call them to see if they are open before you go. Some food can be ordered if you ask a local person and real Barbudan specialities like land turtle, deer meat, crabs and conchs are only available at certain times and harder to find, so if you are there at the right time at a food fair or event - you are in luck. Fresh caught fish depends on good sea-faring weather and is often sold on the street. Most Barbudan food is sold early in the day and gone by the afternoon so don't miss out by looking too late, or buy it early and save it for later.
Barbuda Outback is right on the beach at Low Bay, a spectacular fourteen mile stretch of pink and white sand between the sparkling Caribbean sea and the healing waters of Codrington Lagoon. We specialise in lunches as part of our island day tours or you can book lunch or dinner for a special occasion. Enjoy lobster, fresh Barbuda fish and our other specialities, and have a drink with us here in this beautiful setting. To book, contact Jala or Calvin on (268) 721-3280 or (268) 721-1972, or call Yvonne in Antigua on (268) 776-3378, who will help you organise your trip.
Byron can be found at the kiosk at the Lagoon wharf most days, serving hot dogs, burgers, fish and chips, popcorn, ice cream and traditional breakfasts at the weekend. He serves beer and wine in the cool Lagoon breeze, often playing great music from soul to soca, reggae and jazz. Byron caters to order for a special occasion or celebration, and he can cook for you on the beach. Call to say you are coming and he will prepare for you. Contact Byron Askie on (268) 783-7243 or at the Snackette on (268) 734-1893 or at Green Door on (268) 460-0065 where you can leave a message.
At Olice's restaurant you can eat delicious proper local home-made Barbudan food such as stewed pork, rosemary chicken, grilled lobster, fish and souse. Olice is open every day except Monday, from 4.30pm until late and at weekends from 10am. On Sunday she cooks lunch. Call Olice on (268) 772-0480.
On the main road to River, Extra Man aka Evans Bar is a popular drinking and loud music spot especially after horse-racing and other events. Noisy and sometimes rowdy it's now one of the only places left to go for a drink.
The Lyme was a bar and late night dance club and currently sometimes open on Friday nights, some Sundays, special occasions and as a Mas Tent for Caribana.
Lynton Thomas has a lounge bar and shop below his guest house that sells drinks, ice cream and fried chicken with johny cakes. He can do a great breakfast, lunch or dinner to order, just give him a call on (268) 721-2796. Lynton owns and operates The Bus Stop B&B above the bar and offers a taxi service and tours of the island.
This bar is now under new management serving a limited selection of wines, soft drinks, beers and spirits here in the centre of the village at Madison.
The River Beach Bar and Grill is located at River beach - also known as the pink sand beach - and is one of the easiest beaches to get to in Barbuda. Book a meal here and your host, Mr Levi John, will offer you the best in local food and drink; lobster, conchs, fish and chicken, all served from his barbecue grill. He serves this with freshly made salads and home-made local drinks such as lime juice, and for dessert - a home-made cake. He can be contacted on VHF Channel 16 by boat, or on his numbers (268) 788-5378, 779-4652, or 723-5012 and has a facebook page for more pictures and comments. Mr John also runs a taxi and day tour service which includes lunch at his bar on the beach.
Street food is very good on Barbuda. At both schools before break-time you can buy home-made snacks like bread pudding, meatballs, chicken and patties. There may be fried fish and johnny cakes outside Canutes shop on a Friday or Saturday lunchtime and Wanda will be selling the best ribs, chicken and burgers at her new venue by the Duck Pond most days. Jerk Man has a central village stall selling various things including stews and Jamaican style jerk pork and chicken. You can buy roti from Marcia at Roti Queen just off Madison Square. The Block Club and the churches do breakfast events and there are others who sell from various places in the village at different times. If you are cooking, local meat (mainly pork or beef) is often sold from a table in the village, and is much cheaper and better quality than the imported frozen meat. If you are looking for Barbudan beef, goat, lamb or deer meat you can often only buy from people on the day they are selling it and you have to be quick!
We make our own fruit punches and other local drinks like soursop and passion fruit and there is often fresh coconut water to buy. The bars serve our local beers - Wadadali and Carib - as well as Heineken or whatever else is available. Antigua produces its own rums - Cavalier and English Harbour and you can buy wine and some cocktails in the village for about a quarter of the price of one in a hotel. The ArtCafe does cocktail happy hours on some Friday evenings 7 - 9pm and Caribbean rum tasting evenings if you want to learn more about the making and blending of Caribbean rums.