The traditional West Indian buffet mentioned above happens each Sunday (and Wednesday in season) at the Atlantis Hotel on the Atlantic side.
Expect tables groaning with saltfish and pumpkin fritters, spicy breadfruit and corn soup, battered flying fish, curried shrimp, whole slabs of salmon and kingfish, green banana ratatouille, yam gratin and sweet potato pie.
Mount Gay has been producing rum for centuries but there are now newer distillers on the block, including Four Square and St. Nicholas Abbey
For a smart evening out the place to head is the west coast, where the restaurants have superb waterfront settings just above calm Caribbean Sea.
Several vie for the top spot – Cin Cin by the Sea (pronounced chin chin, as in clinking glasses) and the ever-popular The Cliff, which has opened its less formal Beach Club for 2016.
Also try Daphne’s, with an Italian menu and a lovely setting on the beach, and The Tides on a pretty deck in Holetown, The Lone Star in Mount Standfast and The Fish Pot in Six Mens Bay.
It can be a surprisingly long way from one coast to the other in Barbados, so if you are staying on the south coast, try Primo in St Lawrence Gap and Tapas, which overlooks the boardwalk in Hastings.
When it comes to drinks, Barbados has plenty of exotic flavours to tempt you. Cafes sell tropical fruit juices – soursop and citrus, mango and golden apple. Definitely try local ginger beer and, if you’re on the island at Christmas, make sure to taste sorrel, a sweet concoction made with red flower buds. If you’re feeling brave, try sea moss, a cloudy drink made of seaweed, and mauby, an alarmingly bitter supposed aphrodisiac.
Lastly, Barbados is famed for its rums. Golden rums are mellower, though white rums, favoured in rum shops, make an excellent mixer. Mount Gay has been producing rum for centuries but there are now newer distillers on the block, including Four Square and St. Nicholas Abbey.
To see how rums are made, try the Mount Gay, Foursquare or St Nicholas Abbey tours. Finally, if you are on island in November, remember the Barbados Food Wine and Rum Festival.
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