Inspiring Travel Company | 16 Sep, 2015

A Barbados luxury holiday offers many unforgettable experiences, and dining out is chief among them.

This exclusive Caribbean island is famous for its fantastic restaurants and culinary flair. At the Inspiring Travel Company, we know Barbados better than anyone else, having sent clients here for over 40 years. Many of our staff take their annual holidays on the Platinum Coast and we even have a dedicated Barbados office on the island. So, when it comes to firsthand knowledge, we really are the experts.

With that in mind, we have created The Essential Guide to Barbados, to give you an insight into years of insider experience, as well as bringing you some fantastic offers from world-class resorts.

To celebrate the publication of our guide (which features a 'Bajan food and drink' section), we've come up with our top 10 recommendations for eating out in Barbados. From fine dining to open-air fish fries, there really is something to suit every taste.

1. Camelot Restaurant, Cobblers Cove

Cobblers Cove is an all-suite, boutique hotel with a focus on culinary excellence. Foodies flock to Camelot Restaurant, where they can enjoy the menu of Executive Chef Michael Harrison. Born and bred on the island, Chef Michael is one of the few Bajan head chefs in the island's top hotel kitchens, bringing authentic Bajan twists to every scintillating dish on offer here.

True to their reputation as a gastronomic powerhouse, Cobblers Cove also play host to international chefs. Andrew Pern - most famous for Michelin star restaurant The Star Inn in North Yorkshire - will be cooking four dinners at Camelot Restaurant this November, which is sure to be a special experience. Why not ask our Travel Specialists about the fantastic offers we have on stays at Cobblers Cove this autumn?

2. Cin Cin By The Sea

Relatively new on the Bajan foodie scene, this stunningly located restaurant offers both indoor and al fresco dining, with all patrons enjoying uninterrupted views of Caribbean Sea.

Here you can relish European-inspired fare, with signature Caribbean flavours. Fresh fish and seafood dishes are abundant, as well as tempting classics such as steak frites and beef carpaccio. Plus, Cin Cin By The Sea's location on the west coast means it’s within easy reach of many of the very best Barbados hotels.

3. The Lone Star

The Lone Star is an iconic eatery and boutique hotel which has been called "the Ivy of the Caribbean" by Michael Winner. Upon entering this 1950s-chic setting you really do feel like movie star, enjoying stellar service and views of the white-sand beach just metres away.

The menu here largely comprises mouth-watering Italian fare, including wood-fired pizza, alongside some 'Lone Star Classics' such as homemade shepherd's pie. Unusually for such an illustrious eatery The Lone Star carry a 'Little Stars' menu for children, with sure fire hits like fish fingers and chips! We can't think of a better location for an extra special lunch on a luxury family holiday.

4. The Cliff

This world-renowned restaurant has more than earned its legendary status over the years, with an exclusive Platinum Coast location and truly incredible food. For a special evening out on your luxury Barbados holiday, dinner here is a fantastic option. Though tables here are in high demand our Concierge team can pre-book for you in advance of your trip, guaranteeing you won't be disappointed.

If you're looking for the quality of The Cliff with a more informal feel, recently opened sister-property The Beach Club by the Cliff offers fine fare on the beachfront.

5. L’Acajou, Sandy Lane

Sandy Lane has long been a favourite haunt for the rich and famous. Some of our most discerning customers return again and again to its glorious platinum sands, impeccable service and delicious fine dining. Among its culinary offerings is à la carte dining at signature restaurant L'Acajou.

Tables are scattered around a spacious, columned terrace with views out to sea, lending an incredibly romantic atmosphere. Exquisite modern European cuisine is offered here, which can be enjoyed along with an impressive wine list and the legendry Caribbean sunset. Buffet brunches at Bajan Blue on the beach each Sunday are also renowned on the island and beyond.

6. Daphne’s

Celebrating 10 years of exceptional catering, Daphne's is another platinum coast stalwart. Patrons at the elegant restaurant enjoy a refined setting and beachfront location. Food here is a fusion of modern Italian and island seafood flavours. Ask our Concierge to book you a table in advance; this place is popular!

Those lucky enough to be enjoying a stay in the exclusive environs of The House by Elegant Hotels will be thrilled to learn that Daphne's caters for The House's famed themed nights. From the Bajan Dinner beach buffet to Fisherman's Night buffet, you won't be disappointed by these tantalising offerings.

7. The Fish Pot, Little Good Harbour

This charming family-run Barbados hotel and its celebrated restaurant are hidden away on the island's north-west coast, making it a tranquil spot to enjoy a meal. It's worth making a trip up here - perhaps combined with a visit to Speightstown - for a lunch or dinner on the charming terrace, right at the water's edge.

As you may guess from the name, fresh seafood features prominently, as do local ingredients on the whole. Simple yet exquisite flavours are always on the menu. We recommend the lobster ravioli!

8. 13°/59°, Port Ferdinand

Barbados's newest fine-dining restaurant, 13°/59°, is located within the island's most recent luxury complex; Port Ferdinand. This elegant marina, occupied by two to four-bedroom luxury apartments is the place to experience in Barbados, having only opened earlier in the year.

There is a focus on local, seasonal ingredients here too, which make for an innovative and evolving modern menu. Guests can choose to eat à la carte or enjoy a 10-dish sharing menu with wine pairing option. A dedicated vegetarian menu is also available; a rarity in Barbados.

9. Colony Club by Elegant Hotels

At this luxury Barbados hotel there is a host of activities to delight foodies. You can embark on a fishing trip and have the chef cook your catch for dinner, or enjoy a kitchen garden tour and cookery demonstration. Dining at Laguna restaurant is always a delight, but perhaps the highlight at the Colony Club is the Lobster and Jazz dinner, which happens right on the beach every Thursday. Live music and fresh lobster under the Caribbean skies, does it get any better?

10. Oistins Fish Fry

Though not technically a restaurant, you can't talk about dining in Barbados without mentioning Oistins Fish Fry. Oistins is a fishing town on the Bajan south coast and a fantastic place to visit on the weekend. On Friday night in particular, Oistins Bay Gardens host a 'fish fry'; an informal outdoor grill using the freshest of Bajan ingredients all cooked right in front of you.

Whether you prefer lobster, swordfish or even chicken, you'll find a vendor who'll pile your plate high with delicious fare. Then just find a spot to eat your food whilst listening to the music and taking in the dynamic atmosphere. Many hotels run shuttles or even boat transfers to Oistins; it really is a Barbados 'must do'. Best of all, it will usually cost less than £10 per head!

As part of our Caribbean Month, you'll find some fantastic offers on our most loved Barbados hotels this September. Our long-standing relationships on the island mean we can secure discounts that you would never get by going direct.

Call our Travel Specialists - most of whom have visited the island at least once - on 01244 355 600 to discuss the perfect setting for your own luxury Barbados holiday, or check our Essential Guide to Barbados for more expert insight into this coveted Caribbean holiday destination.

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