Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant

You may have caught some of my social media posts about the Dove Restaurant re-opening in Road Town. I made a very poorly kept secret of how excited I was when their doors opened again in December (following a lengthy closure and refurbishment after Irma.) 

Initially just serving weekday lunches and bar snacks. Later this month (I hear rumors of January 28th) they hope to open for dinner. Which I am positive will be well-supported, if their first few weeks has been anything to go by.

Yesterday they kicked off with a fantastic six course wine-paired tasting menu in collaboration with Proudly African and Elena Walch wines. A sold-out event saw 40 of us filling the small restaurant in Road Town.

Elena Walch Wine Tasting Dinner at the Dove - beautiful Road Town Restaurant

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Tasting Notes and Menu

Obviously I was all over this and after all the feasting last night I’m thrilled to share it with you today.

As with previous Proudly African wine dinners, the tasting notes were waiting for us when we sat down. Along with an incredibly tempting menu. This was accompanied by a crisp glass of Laurent Perrier champagne.

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Tasting Notes and Menu

Our wine expert, Julia Walch (Elena’s daughter), started the event by telling us a little about the region that the wines are produced in, and some history behind the brand. Located in the very North of Italy at the foot of the Dolomite mountains, the philosophy of the Elena Walch estate is dedicated to its terroir. The concept that the wines directly reflect their soil, cultivation and climate and that this should be celebrated. The estate comprises of five vineyards, each slightly different in altitude, conditions and soil, bringing individual differences and flavour nuances to their wines.

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Julia Walch hosting the event

Pinot Grigio ‘Selezione’ 2017 – Foie Gras Parfait / Pomegranate Gel

The meal opened with the Pinot Grigio ‘Selezione’ 2017, a light a fresh Pinot Grigio which was well balanced by the rich and velvety smooth Foie Gras parfait and an intensely fruity pomegranate gel.

Elena Walch Wine Tasting Event at the Dove Restaurant - Foie Gras Parfait with Pomegranate Gel

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - First Course - Foie Gras Parfait with Pomegranate Gel

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant

Chardonnay Riserva Vigna ‘Castel Ringberg’ 2016 – Smokey Salmon Crudo / Horseradish Cream / Lemon Curd / Ikura Cones

The second course was a smokey salmon crudo. Perfectly paired with their Chardonnay Riserva Vigna ‘Castel Ringberg’ 2016 (named for the Renaissance castle built there). Not usually a huge fan of the Chardonnay grape variety, I enjoyed the subtle oaky taste which went wonderfully with the smokey fish and salty ikura pearls. The little bite of horseradish setting it off.

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Second Course - Smokey Salmon Crudo

Grand Cuvée ‘Beyond The Cloud’ 2016 – Fried Burrata / Textures of Pea / Dehydrated Olive / Red Onion

Course three introduced us to the jewel in the Elena Walch crown, their Chardonnay Grand Cuvée ‘Beyond the Cloud’ 2016. Featured in Wine Spectators Top 100 Italian Wines, this blend is the bottle they are perhaps most known for. And with good reason. 80% Chardonnay and 20% ‘a secret’, this was my favourite wine of the evening. Paired with a crisp fried burrata cheese and textures of pea, this was the wine and cheese of dreams.

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Third Course - Fried Burrata and Textures of Pea

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Third Course - Fried Burrata with Textures of Pea

Pinot Nero ‘Ludwig’ 2015 – Spiced Monk fish poached in Elena Walch Pinot Nero / Creamed Leek & Spinach

Course four brought out the first of the reds. A spiced red wine poached monk fish with their Pinot Nero ‘Ludwig’ 2015. I was pleasantly surprised by the red wine and fish combination and the Pinot Nero wasn’t overpowering. The firm and meaty texture of the monk fish working well with the lighter red wine.

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Fourth Course - Red Wine poached Monk Fish

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Fourth Course - Red Wine poached Monk Fish

Merlot Riserva Vigna ‘Kastelaz’ 2015 – Roast Venison Loin / Beetroot /  Truffle Pomme Purée

The main course showcased the Merlot Riserva Vigna ‘Kastelaz’ 2015 a velvety red that went deliciously with the roast venison loin and it’s accompanying earthy beetroot and truffle pomme purée.

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant - Fifth Course - Roast loin of Venison

Gewürztraminer ‘Concerto Grosso’ 2017 – Olive Oil Cake / Orange Ginger Gel / Vanilla Ice Cream / Candied Orange

Finally dessert and dessert wine! Not to be outdone by the reds preceding it, a fruity Gewürtztraminer ‘Concerto Grosso’ 2017. With beautifully floral notes and a powerful lychee flavour the Gewürtztraminer accompanied a moist olive oil cake, with a creamy vanilla ice cream and tangy orange ginger gel. The citrus notes of the gel and candied orange highlighting those in the sweet dessert wine.

We just about had enough time to finish up and enjoy an espresso before it was time to race for the ferry!

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant

Elena Walch Wine Tasting at the Dove Restaurant

Tonight we get to do it again at CocoMaya, Virgin Gorda. Same wines but a slightly different menu.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Chef Lee Cowie does with the pairings this time. Those of you I know that have booked your tickets are going to have an incredible evening.

Space at the CocoMaya event is extremely limited and may already be sold-out. Follow along on my Instagram stories if you would like to see more!

The Dove Restaurant is in central Road Town, Tortola.
Contact: +1 (284) 494 0313
Website: http://dove-restaurant.com/

 

Read previous Dove Restaurant post.

For more restaurant recommendations and information about the dining scene in the British Virgin Islands you can find my restaurant guide here.

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Sunday Brunch-ing at Sugar Mill

Sunday Brunch-ing at Sugar Mill

Now you guys know that I love a good brunch (why do I feel like I preface so many posts this way?). So when I got wind of the fact that Tramonti (the beach side restaurant at Sugar Mill Hotel, West End) was serving a cracking Sunday brunch offering, I was rabidly tenacious in my desire to get down there and try it out. And, a few weeks ago, that tenacity paid off and I was rewarded with a delightful few hours sat oceanside, enjoying good food and a good few cocktails.

Brunch at Sugar Mill BVI - beautiful outdoor seating on the beach

Now, I’m not going to say that I plan my Sunday’s around brunch… okay fine, I plan my Sunday’s around brunch. But a long brunch with great friends is certainly a highlight of my weekend. And a Sunday afternoon spent at Tramonti was a Sunday done right.

Sunday Brunch at the Sugar Mill BVI - views out over the water

We started off at the bar with a couple of mimosas while we waited for the rest of our party to arrive. Before moving out into the restaurant. It really is a charming spot. Right on the water with the waves crashing below you and the pelicans catching their lunch. The kitchen is open along the back wall of the restaurant. I love an open kitchen (I think because I’m nosy and it builds a certain anticipation as I await my food!)

Brunch at Sugar Mill BVI - Views from the bar across the beach

Brunch at the Sugar Mill BVI - Mimosas before sitting down for brunch

Brunch at the Sugar Mill BVI - charming restaurant with open kitchen

Sunday Brunch at Sugar Mill BVI - Tables right on the waterfront

The menu looked amazing with brunch dishes you won’t find anywhere else in the Territory (like the kipper dish or the kedgeree) nuzzled alongside standard brunch fare like burgers and eggs benedict. I deliberated a few options before selecting the avocado toast with poached eggs and bacon (the Pancho Villa). The others on my table went for the burger, the steak frites and one of the salads. The whole group of us were thrilled with our picks and service was friendly and quick.

Sunday Brunch at the Sugar Mill BVI - Delicious and varied menu

Sunday Brunch at the Sugar Mill BVI - Delicious and varied brunch menu

My avocado toast (the Pancho Villa) was served on a toasted flat bread with plenty of chunky crushed avocado and perfectly poached eggs.

The burger is served in a pita bread instead of the conventional burger bun, which makes it a little lighter with the focus being on the juicy meat patty and toppings rather than the bread. It was a hit!

The salad choice with Brie bacon and tart cranberries was also a tasty option.

Brunch at the Sugar Mill BVI - Juicy Breakfast Burger

Sunday Brunch at Sugar Mill BVI - Avocado toast with poached eggs and bacon

Sunday Brunch at Sugar Mill BVI

Sadly we were all too full for dessert this time. But I definitely want to return to try the sweets. I’ve heard big things about their dinner menu too, so it looks like I’ll have to head back, hopefully sooner rather than later!

If you want to know more about current dining options in the British Virgin Islands, check out my restaurant guide here – featuring this place and many other gems.

Sugar Mill Hotel and Restaurant is located in Apple Bay, West End, Tortola.
Contact: +1 (284) 342 0940 or +1 (284) 495 4355 to arrange a reservation.
Open 7 days a week for lunch or dinner.
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Top 10 Family Activities in the BVI

Top 10 Family Activities in the BVI

The 2018-2019 holiday season in the BVI is already kicking off. There are cruise ships in regularly now and it has been great to see so many boats out on the water this month. It makes my heart so happy to have visitors back. We all hope that they have amazing experiences in the islands. 

 

It got me thinking about all the holiday plans that are being made and the families on their way down here. A trip to the British Virgin Islands is truly the holiday of a lifetime. But what should you do when you get here? 

 

I don’t have any kids of my own, but I do have a scrumptious godson that I love to spend time with. And, even though I don’t always get as much time together as I’d like, we’ve been lucky to tick a couple of these off the list already. It’s been great compiling this post and thinking of things that we can do together in the future!

 

Full disclosure – the majority of these I have already tried personally. A couple are highly recommended by friends and still on my list of activities to try. I also polled some BVI parent friends in collating these options. 

 

Here are my top 10 family activities in the BVI

 

Necker Island Wildlife Tour, North Sound Virgin Gorda –

From $90 per adult and $50 per child 

Contact: +1 (284) 343 9537 www.seaitcleartours.com 

 

An absolute must for any families with an interest in nature or the outdoors. A true learning experience as Gumption gives lots of fun facts and information about all of the animals on Necker Island. The birds, the tortoises, the iguanas and, of course, the lemurs. The highlight of the tour is the time in the lemur enclosures, giving kids an opportunity to get up close with these furry friends. Dates for these tours are limited and go extremely fast! Don’t be disappointed! Make sure to secure a booking as early as possible. Read more.

Top 10 Family Activities in the BVI. What to do with your children while visiting the British Virgin Islands. Necker Island Wildlife Tour with Gumption's Learning Adventures

BVI SNUBA (for children 8 years +), North Sound Virgin Gorda –

From $125 per person 

Contact: +1 (284) 341 0660 www.bvisnuba.com 

 

A magical experience for adults and children. The perfect way for families to explore underwater in the BVI with no previous diving experience or certification required. Able to go down as far as 20ft, you are connected to your air supply on the surface. It’s the ideal way to encourage your children to enjoy the water. Lead by your instructor, you’ll see all sorts of sea life. We spotted so many different fish and even a small turtle! Read more.

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Daysail with Kuralu or Daydream –

From $120 per adult and $60 per child 

Contact: +1 (284) 499 1313 www.kuralu.com 

 

No better way to explore the islands than by boat! Let your Captain take care of you with a day sail. Itineraries may vary depending on the weather and conditions out on the water, but will include sailing, snorkeling stops, a buffet lunch on board and your drinks (fruit punch, sodas, beer, water and rum punch). You might choose to visit the Indians and Norman Island, Cooper and Salt Islands or Sandy Spit and Jost van Dyke. It’s an excellent way to see more of the Territory. Snorkeling equipment and floats are provided, just bring your towel and your sunscreen

 

*kids life jackets might also be a good idea.

 

EXPLORE THE BATHS, VIRGIN GORDA –
From $3 per adult and $2 per child 

 

No trip to the British Virgin Islands is complete without a visit to the Baths. The monolithic boulders are one of our most unique and naturally beautiful sights in the Territory. Walk through the massive boulders and the rock pools. Stop for a swim and a cool-off after your walk in the stunning blue water surrounded by boulders at Devil’s Bay. Maybe finish with lunch up at Top of the Baths

 

*small children will likely need assistance on some portions of the walk

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KELLY’S LAND AND SEA TOURS, ANEGADA –
From $75 per person for groups of 4+  

Contact: +1 (284) 541 9661

 

Anegada is truly a unique location to explore. Entirely different from the rest of the British Virgin Islands, the coral atoll is a must-see when visiting the BVI. While you’re there you’re almost certainly going to want to see the flamingos and the conch pile, and I’ve been told there’s a man that will take you there. Contact Captain Kelly for a tour of the island like no other. This is top of my list of activities to try! I just need to get myself up to Anegada for another visit…

 

HIKE SAGE MOUNTAIN, TORTOLA –
From $3 per adult and $2 per child

 

Another excursion for active families, Sage Mountain is the highest peak on Tortola (1,716 ft), with beautiful views from a collection of viewpoints along the 7 hiking trails which run across this 92 acres of National Park. This activity might be more suited to older children as sections of the hikes can be a little strenuous. If your family enjoys a walk in the woods and beautiful vistas, this one is for you! Check the BVI Hiking Guide for more suggestions of hiking adventures in the Territory for your family. 

 

SURF SCHOOL BVI, TORTOLA –
From $65 for a private lesson lasting 90 minutes. Group rates also available. 

Contact: +1 (284) 343 0002 surfschoolbvi@gmail.com

 

It would be a shame to spend time in the islands and not participate in as many of the water-based activities as possible. I mean, that’s one of the reasons we’re here right? What about your little ones learning to surf down at Josiah’s Bay with Surf School BVI? The waves at Josiah’s Bay are perfect for beginners and the instructors will help get the kids up on the boards as quickly as possible. Surf School BVI also runs a Summer Camp program during the school holidays, from $50 per day. 

 

*children will need to be competent swimmers. 

 

BOWLING AT SAVE THE SEED ENERGY CENTRE at the NEW LIFE BAPTIST CHURCH, TORTOLA –
From $4 per game or $25 per hour. Shoe rental $3 (must bring your own socks). 

Contact: +1 (284) 541 7353 www.newlifebvi.org 

 

Obviously we hope during your time in the Caribbean that it’s all sunshine and cloudless blue skies. But for those rainy days that come out of nowhere, what to do with the kids? How about a couple of frames of 10 pin bowling at Save The Seed Energy Centre in Seacow’s Bay. You can stop and have lunch at the food court too. 

 

Visit a Museum – 

 

NORTH SHORE SHELL MUSEUM, TORTOLA –
No entry charge, donation requested 

Contact: +1 (284) 495 4714

 

Located in Carrot Bay, Tortola the North Shore Shell Museum sustained some damage during the hurricane but is back open and building back the collection of shells that give it it’s name. If you find yourself in West End, stop in and take a look around. There is no charge for entry, but a donation is requested. Go at lunchtime and enjoy a meal in the restaurant upstairs. Necklaces, bracelets and other shell trinkets are available to buy. 

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HM PRISON MUSEUM, TORTOLA –
From $5 per person

Contact: +1 (284) 494 3134

 

Located on historic Main Street in the heart of Road Town HM Prison Museum is an excellent place to learn more about British Virgin Islands history and culture. If your little ones enjoy an educational experience, consider getting a guided tour and learn more about the islands you are visiting. 

 

BEACH DAY –
Free

 

Of course the simplest and cheapest thing you can do with your littles is just to pick one of our stunning beaches and head down for a day of sun, sea and sand. Whether you like a pristine and undisturbed stretch of white sand (try Savannah Bay, Virgin Gorda), or a beach with restaurants and amenities (Cane Garden Bay, Tortola is perfect for that) we have more than enough beach real estate to cater for everyone.

 

Top 10 Family Activities in the BVI - What to do with your kids when visiting the British Virgin Islands.

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So those are my favourite family activities in the BVI. Are there any that you think I’m missing? I’ve tried to include a real cross-section of activity options, which will hopefully cater to most preferences and budgets. From relaxed activities to the more action-packed. Some that you can do in just a couple of hours and others that will keep you busy the whole day!

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will do my very best to get answers for you! 

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A Weekend on the Water with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters

A Weekend on the Water with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters

Whenever a first time visitor asks what they should do in the British Virgin Islands, my answer is always the same: ‘charter a boat’.

 

I understand that this won’t fit into everybody’s budget, but I feel that I have to encourage it nonetheless. There really is no better way to see just what this Territory has to offer, even if you only do it for a couple of days! It would be remiss of me not to recommend it.

 

As always, you guys know that I practice what I preach – and I don’t like to recommend to you anything that I haven’t given a damn good go myself. So when I found myself aboard Virgin Motor Yacht Charters’ 48ft powerboat West Virgin’Yah last weekend, I knew that I had to tell you all about it. And remind you that there really is no better way to explore the BVI than by getting out on the water!

 

Exploring the BVI with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters 

I was lucky enough to be enjoying the weekend with some great friends who also happen to be very experienced boating types. If you don’t have a Captain of your own, you can arrange one through Virgin Motor Yacht Charters. Your captain will ensure that you can safely navigate BVI waters and help with all the complicated driving and docking, lines, fenders and things. Crewed charters are also available through Virgin Motor Yacht Charters. 

 

We joined the boat Friday afternoon after work – and got unpacked and settled in. Ready to set-off first thing Saturday morning. Picking up ice and last minute provisions from Nanny Cay Marina we were ready for our weekend adventures.

 

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West Virgin’Yah has three comfortable cabins with queen-sized beds, as well as three bathrooms (heads). The salon and kitchen area is a good size and very well appointed with all the kitchen equipment and tools you could need. Outside on the aft deck is the dining table, a BBQ and a huge cooler (which we FILLED). West Virgin’Yah is also air-conditioned throughout, although we were usually comfortable with the hatches open to let the cool breeze through.

 

Exploring the BVI with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters

 

Early Saturday morning we headed West for Jost Van Dyke, home to White Bay one of the BVI’s most famous beaches. After picking up a mooring ball, we then rustled up some lunch. We had decided to make and eat the majority of our meals aboard (keep reading for our simple meal ideas). Although we did make plans for one special dinner ashore. After lunch it was time to dinghy over to the Soggy Dollar for a couple of Painkiller cocktails.

 

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After a fun couple of hours, and many games of hook ring, at White Bay we taxied over to Great Harbour in search of dinner. We had heard that Corsairs had reopened and were keen to try their dinner  options. We weren’t disappointed!


Although not yet fully renovated following the hurricane, the guys at Corsairs Beach Bar and Restaurant are still happily serving what they have. And boy, were we in luck! On the menu were smoked ribs… Patted with his secret spice rub and slowly cooked for around 8 hrs in the smoker, chef Vinnie’s smoked ribs were possibly the best that I have ever tried. Juicy and full of flavour. I can practically still taste them. We ate every rack he had!! (Along with a couple of pizzas for good measure). 

(Read about previous trips to Corsairs.)

Very full and happy we retired to the comfort of the boat for a couple of post-dinner drinks on the fly bridge.

 


A weekend on the water with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters in the British Virgin Islands 

 

Next morning it was time to set off to a new anchorage. Saturday night had been surprisingly roll-y, thanks to a North swell building unexpectedly. So we were after somewhere calmer to moor. We abandoned our previous itinerary (it’s important to stay flexible on these trips) and headed to Norman Island and the blissfully calm harbour of the Bight. A few drinks at Pirates in the afternoon was an added bonus. 

 

Exploring the BVI with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters

Rashguard swimsuit available here.

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After a morning practicing our fishing (no fish were harmed in the making of this blog post) we enjoyed a relaxed lunch on the boat before our littlest captain dinghied us over to Pirate’s for adult beverages (the captain wasn’t drinking, obviously (!) he’s only 6) and a chance to stretch our legs before the sun went down.

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Dinner on the boat was the perfect, relaxed end to our day. And once the kids were tucked up in bed it was time for some after-dinner games of Cards Against Humanity for the adults. 

 

Boat trips really are ideal for families. With plenty of action to keep the kids busy during the day and then space for the adults to kick back and relax, knowing that the children are safely asleep down below. 

 

The next morning it was time to make the most of our last few hours in the boat. So we quickly motored to nearby Peter Island and anchored in Little Harbour. There was just enough time for a leisurely swim and a snorkel before lunch.

 

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After lunch (and another quick dip) it was sadly time to head back to Nanny Cay Marina. Those three days had gone so quickly (a sign of a jolly fine time in my book). Memories of fun days spent all together. Dreaming of the next time we can do it again.

 

A weekend charter with Virgin Motor Yacht Charters in the beautiful British Virgin Islands.

 

If you’re thinking that this sounds exactly like your kind of holiday, rates for a Horizon 48 (just like West Virgin’Yah) from Virgin Motor Yacht Charters start at $5,100 for 7 nights. They sleep 6 passengers comfortably with three queen-sized cabins and three en suite bathrooms. 

 

Our three day itinerary (travel times are approximate and subject to weather conditions):

Day 1: Jost van Dyke – 

Leave Nanny Cay marina and head for Jost van Dyke. Grab mooring ball in White Bay. (Approx. 45 minutes)
Lunch on board the boat.

Drinks ashore at Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay.

Dinner ashore at Corsairs, Great Harbour.

 

Day 2: Norman Island – 

Leave White Bay and head to the Bight, Norman Island. Grab mooring ball in the Bight. (Approx 1hr and 15 minutes)

Morning fishing.
Lunch on board the boat.

Drinks ashore at Pirate’s Bight.
Dinner on board the boat.

 

Day 3: Peter Island – 

Leave Norman Island and head to Peter Island. Anchor in Little Harbour. (Approx. 30 minutes)

Snorkeling in Little Harbour.
Lunch on board the boat. 

Depart Peter Island and head back to Nanny Cay Marina. (Approx. 30 minutes)

 

Our three day meal plan:

Breakfasts: 

Bacon sandwiches, tea and coffee.


Lunches: 
  • Shrimp, chorizo and black bean fajitas with a black bean salad and all the toppings.
  • Tuna pita pockets with mayonnaise, raisins, apple and smoked cheese.
  • Cold cuts, charcuterie board and cheese platter with crackers, marinated olives, hummus and pita breads.

DINNER:
Surf and turf – barbecued steak and shrimp, mashed potato and steamed broccoli. 

 

I have more watery adventures of the sailing kind coming up later in the year so stay tuned for those! 

 

If you’re planning a sailing or boating vacation of your own in the BVI, you might want to check out my packing guide here. What to take (and what to leave at home) when you’ll be traveling by boat!

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Lunch at Lady Sarah’s Farms

Lunch at Lady Sarah’s Farms

I have been loving all the openings and re-openings this year, some after the hurricane and some entirely new faces appearing. It’s been so much fun having new and exciting restaurants, resorts and venues to add into our rotation.

Lady Sarah’s Farms is a bit of an anomaly in that it first opened as a tea room and cafe on Tortola in 1998 but sadly closed in 2002. Fortunately for us in the BVI, this closure wasn’t permanent though. Sixteen years later Lady Sarah’s Farms re-opened in their location on Main Street in June 2018 and has been gaining popularity ever since. Increasingly tough to get a reservation in this charming little cafe, Lady Sarah’s is a key venue on the Road Town working lunch options.

Open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday and serving up delicious meals with their farm fresh ingredients.

Lunch at Lady Sarah's Farms - Farm fresh ingredients in Road Town, British Virgin Islands

The menu changes daily and features, small snacks, sandwiches, soups and salads along with larger entree dishes. While no alcohol is served on the premises, the menu also features amazing fresh tea and lemonade options – like their refreshing and tasty watermelon lemonade or their lemongrass iced tea. The menu is full of Caribbean flavour and features all local ingredients, many of them produced on their own farm. I’ve been steadily making my way down the menu trying as many different dishes as possible over the course of several visits.

Lunch at Lady Sarah's Farms - Farm to Fork ingredients in Road Town, British Virgin Islands

The Bang Bang Conch was the perfect light and crispy starter – shared so that we didn’t feel like quite such greedy piggies.

Lunch at Lady Sarah's Farms - Farm fresh ingredients in Road Town, British Virgin Islands

The Calypso chicken with coconut jasmine rice and slaw seems to be something of a staple on the menu and for good reason – it’s the perfect sticky bbq chicken with a rich, dark glaze.

Lunch at Lady Sarah's Farms - Farm fresh ingredients in Road Town, British Virgin Islands

Aunt Becca’s seafood bowl marries together fresh mahi mahi and shrimp, with tropical fruit and just the right amount of heat for a really light and fresh lunch.

Lunch at Lady Sarah's Farms - Farm fresh ingredients in Road Town, British Virgin Islands

The quinoa salad bowl with chicken tasted as good as it looks.

Be sure to leave a little space for something from the bakery – the spiced apple donuts I tried were delicious and I hear good things about the pound cake!

Lunch at Lady Sarah's Farms - Farm fresh ingredients in Road Town, British Virgin Islands

This past weekend Lady Sarah’s Farms opened up on a Saturday for brunch. Sadly I wasn’t able to get over to Tortola this time, but I look forward to trying it as soon as possible – I have my eye on their banana pancakes and the ginger spice hot chocolate.

I see from their promotional material that they have some Sunday brunches coming up with live jazz music and different food stations. The first on Sunday 21st October and a further two penciled in for 18th November and 20th January, which sound incredible.

Contact +1 (284) 496 8011 to request your table, or visit their Facebook page – reservations for lunch are highly recommended. Will you be paying Lady Sarah’s a visit?

For more suggestions of dining options around the BVI, check my restaurant guide here. Are your favourites featured?

 

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Michael Kors Watch
Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey
Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey
Studded Buckle Bracelet
Studded Buckle Bracelet
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Cut-out Wedges
Bamboo Ark Bag
Bamboo Ark Bag
Brightening CC Serum
Brightening CC Serum
Sunday Riley Good Genes
Sunday Riley Good Genes

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