Sumary of Green list travel: Barbados is back… and it’s better than ever!:
- Recently, Mount Gay, in the north, where they have been making rum continuously since 1703 (although there are also claims it dates back to 1654), has opened a full distillery tour.
- A feast of three courses and cocktails features glazed pork belly with a spiced sorrel rum sour, while coconut-crusted red snapper in lemongrass is paired with Mount Gay Silver rum laced with lime and a fennel and ginger syrup.
- Sparkling fare: Champagne and prawns at The Fish Pot in Hastings TRAVEL FACTS James Henderson was a guest of Elegant Hotels Barbados, owned by Marriott International (marriott.com), staying at two of its west coast properties – the traditional Colony Club (B&B from £215 per room per night) and boutique The House (from £403 per room per night all-inclusive), based on two people sharing a room.
- A new chef has arrived: Minesh Patel (who trained under Gordon Ramsay and Angela Hartnett) will retain the metropolitan menu and its Caribbean ingredients through the summer, but begin also to branch out, peppering dishes with exotic touches from North Africa, Korea, Persia and beyond.The Cliff is under new ownership and is undergoing ground-up reconstruction while Guy Beasley remains at the helm of The Tides in Holetown, which is still offering its popular take on the Bajan tradition of Sunday lunch, Rhythm And Roast, with entertainment accompanying your meal.Holetown itself is less a centre of culinary gravity nowadays, though locals frequent (always a good sign) Fusion Rooftop in Limegrove shopping centre for its international fare.There are plenty of restaurants scattered along the coast.The Fish Pot in Hastings still offers artfully simple fare in a lovely setting, and the Horny Ram in Holetown has good-quality local meat.