During my most recent annual trip to Antigua and Barbuda in the West Indies, I also had the opportunity to explore the island of Montserrat, a short twenty-minute flight from St. John’s. On a later date I will go write more in-depth about my eye-opening excursion around the island, including my trip to the restricted zone close to the active volcano that dominates the tiny yet breathtaking island.
I could not resist sharing about my lunch at Sir George Martin’s home, also known as the Olveston House near the central western coastline of the island. Whilst Martin is not in residence, his island home is transformed into a guest house and restaurant that serves traditional English cuisine with an essence of “Caribbean flair.” Our tour guide, Charles Daley of Daly’s Tours, recommended lunch here and he was more than spot on. The staff was very lovely and accommodating. He could not have chosen a better place to relax and unwind. The rooms were very spacious and clean. On the hallway walls, you can view photos of The Beatles that were taken by Sir Paul McCartney’s late wife, Linda McCartney.
To start off our Sunday lunch, I had two glasses of Lime Squash over ice ($8/XCD*), a slightly sweet carbonated beverage with hints of honey, and lime served with a Maraschino cherry. I fell in love with how soothing and refreshing this beverage was; I couldn’t resist asking for this drink at almost each restaurant we dined at in Antigua and Barbuda. As an appetizer, we split their shrimp cocktail served with a sweet and sour sauce and vegetables (sliced tomatoes, and cucumbers). The shrimp was succulent, bursting with flavor, and the sauce was magnificent. We kept the remaining sauce as a dressing for our main course salads.
My husband had the grilled ham and pineapple with a side of rice and steamed vegetables, while I had the chicken and mushroom pie served with a side salad and cole slaw. Each bite was so savory and satisfying. My chicken and mushroom pie had a crispy pastry curst with toasty, warm chicken and a creamy sauce that enrobed each forkful. Additional entree specials on their board included lamb with mint jelly (only available on Sundays), roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, and salmon and sweet potato fishcake. Every item was very reasonably priced and most of the ingredients are locally sourced, including the lamb.
For dessert, we all split the Sticky Banana Cake with homemade vanilla ice cream and caramel drizzle. It was divine! Moist layers of sweet and sticky cake that I gobbled right up. I did not miss a beat. I would order it again in an instant.
After dinner, I purchased about a dozen or so postcards ($3, XCD) to send home to family and friends, as well as some to keep as I collect postcards from each and every country I visit.
*XCD: Eastern Caribbean Dollar prices