Has re-opened and sells food in the afternoon and evenings only.
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.
Block Club volunteers have been cooking free meals for almost everyone on Barbuda since Hurricane Irma hit us. A wonderful place to eat local food with local people.
Timbuk has an almost daily menu with food and drinks and places to sit with friends, it is currently one of the busiest places in Barbuda. Must be because they have electricity.
Wanda has been one of the first to open after the hurricane, providing lunches for aid workers and fast food for the rest of us.
On the main road between the village and River, Extra Man or what was Evans Bar, is a popular drinking and music spot now based in his home and on the road. It is often busy after horse-racing and other events.
Street food is very good on Barbuda. At school just before break-time you can buy delicious home-made snacks like bread pudding, roti, meatballs, fried chicken and meat or vegetable patties. There may be fried fish and johnny cakes outside Canutes old shop on a Friday or Saturday lunchtime, or at Charm Charles on the main road. If you are cooking; local meat (mainly pork or beef) is sometimes sold from a table in the village, is much cheaper and better quality than the imported frozen meat, and sells out fast. If you are looking for Barbudan goat, lamb or deer meat you can often only buy from people you know. Fresh fish is often sold out of a cool box or barrow carried around the village but DO NOT BUY undersize or prohibited fish, conchs or lobster, and conchs or lobster out of season. There is a council vegetable 'market' but this is only open when there is produce to sell, which is not every day.
We make our own fruit punches and other local drinks like soursop and passion fruit and there is sometimes fresh coconut water to buy. The bars serve 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 at Timbuk 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.