Saturday, 8 March 2014

Somewhere to eat and drink

As we are nearly Antiguan citizens we have been here so long! I thought I would give anyone who might be considering a holiday out here our thoughts on places we have frequented since we have been here.
Around Jolly Harbour
The Crows Nest
The staff  are very friendly and helpful. There is wi fi but it can be slow as there are always a lot of people using it. They have a happy hour between four and six when you can buy a bucket (5 beers) of Carib beer for 25ec though the bottle openers they provide can sometimes be a challenge! The food is good with large portions and we often share one dish which is ample for us. They do excellent spicy chicken wings as a bar snack.
We found the pizzas very disappointing considering it is an Italian restaurant but the specilas are better value and much tastier. They also have wi fi.
May Day
A new Hungarian restaurant which we have not tried but know several people who have and they have not been very complimentary.
Acroplis Greek Restaurant
The service was slow but the waiter was very friendly. The owners are actually Greek and the food was quite good but a bit on the pricey side. This might be because we have eaten so often in Greece!
Al Porto
This is over by the customs dock and looks out over the marina. It does a great 2 for 1 pizza deal on Tuesday. But you really have to book. Nice place.
If you go out the Jolly Harbour complex and turn left you come to a red route master bus hiding behind that is a great little restaurant that serves good local food. Half a lobster served in one of five ways(you choose) costs 60ec. Very good value. Service can be a little slow but then no problems ... Don't worry be happy!!
English Harbour
The Copper and Lumber Hotel
A good setting but it is a shame that the ambiance is spoiled by slow service. They have Wadadli beer on draft but you need a drink while you wait for your drink! It can get very busy and that affects the speed of the service even more. We have waited an hour once for food. The food when it comes is good. Your bill comes in UD dollars.
Falmouth Harbour
Collins Place.
This is a local café that opens for lunch. It is a local menu and the Roti’s are delicious. I have also had the fish stew which is very good as is the pork. As you would expect the prices are good a linch for two with a beer each will set you back around 45 – 50 ec (about £10). It is a family run establishment Rashid serves while his mum does the cooking. It is located just outside Falmouth Harbour Marina.

Cap Horn
Ii enjoyed my meal here. Their speciality is hot stone cooking so the ingriedients are served to you along with a hot lava stone to gook them on and various side dishes to compliment. The meat was tender and the fish yummy. The service was good the waitress friendly and very helpful.
Catherines Café Plage
If you want to push the boat out for a special occasion then this is a lovely place to eat. They open every lunch time and on Wednesday and Friday evenings. It is a wonderful setting on Pigeon Beach and the service cannot be faulted. You are greeted with a smile everyone is happy and nothing is too much trouble. The food was delicious. It is not cheap but it is a great restaurant.
We have had a drink here once and will not be frequenting it again. The service was surly and to cap it all the waitress decided that she was keeping the change as a tip without bothering to offer it back to us. They do have wifi.
A bar next to SeaBreeze. They serve Pannini and snacks whilst you go to the bar to get your drink the girls have a smile on their face! They have wifi.
The Mad Mongoose
A good bar. The service is good and they have Happy Hour between 4 and 7. They often have a special deal on beer but Junior the bar man during happy hour serves a good Dark and Stormy (rum and ginger beer) for 5ec(just over a pound!)They have bands playing some nights.
The Famous Mauro
I have mentioned this before. A very good pizza place. The pizza are excellent and Mauro prepares them and cooks them around the pizza oven which is on view for everyone to see.The chilli oil is dynamite but the waitresses will give you warning about this. The devil pizza is hot and spicy and the Romano has plenty of anchovies and capers. It is an authentic pizza establishment. Pizzas are good value, the wine is good and from Italy.
Pirates Pizza
This is run by an Italian and the quality of the pizzas is variable. If it is busy you might have to wait quite sometime for your pizza but they will warn you about the waiting time. The pizza base is how I like it nice and thin and one big pizza is more than enough for two people. It does not open until 6 in the evening.