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PROVISIONINGWhether or not you arrive on island late, going grocery shopping is not really the first thing you want to do on your holiday! Wouldn't you rather relax by the pool with a cold drink?
We highly recommend taking advantage of the fantastic provisioning services offered by Riteway. Order online and they will deliver your groceries to your villa on the day of your arrival, free of charge for orders over $150 ($25 fee for less than $150). They offer a great selection of fresh goods as well as sodas, alcohol and non-perishables. And if you don't see what you want on their list, just make a request at the end of the order and they can possibly supply it. **Orders must be received 3 days in advance**
*If ordering with Riteway please give my name and number (Sam Pierce, # 542 7872) and delivery time 11am (they know me well!) 72 hour lead time required / And do please let me know to expect them! *
For those of you staying in West End, Harbour Market is a great, convenient grocery store at Soper's Hole (2 minutes from West End ferry and less than 10 minutes from any of the villas in Belmont and Smuggler's Cove). It is a branch of Riteway and is very well-stocked generally, just lacking in fresh meats and fish (plenty of frozen available) and sometimes fruit and veg. It has a deli upstairs and a pretty wide range of wines and liquors. It is open from 7.45am - 6pm daily. If there are certain items that are only generally available at the store in town, you can request delivery to Harbour Market the next day.
Then there is Big Ben's Superette that is open late but is very expensive and is more of a convenience store offering little in the way of fresh items.
For quality wines and liquors try either Tico or Caribbean Cellars, both are conveniently located in Road Town.
If you are interested in eating healthfully then order from the wonderful Good Moon Farm for locally grown organic food. Drive there and check it out at Turnball Estate, off the Ridge Road, just call ahead! Also stop on the main roundabout in town next to the Sol Gas Station to pick up fresh locally grown vegetables, freshly caught fish or drink a fresh coconut.
RESTAURANTS, OUR FAVOURITES......
There are many to choose from, here are the best. And the good news is that most of them are well-priced and casual spots! It is a good idea to call ahead to make reservations during the winter. Also check out the Limin Times for special events during the following week.
Scaramouche, Soper's Hole Marina (West End)
Very cool and alternative waterfront spot, owned by a young Italian couple. Fine dining, limited menu upstairs, excellent food. Cool bar scene downstairs.
The Dove, Road Town **to be re-opened by new owners 2017**
Fine Dining. Fantastic fusion menu using seasonal ingredients. Wonderful ambience and largest wine list in BVI. Voted best Tortola restaurant 2011 & 2012.
Tropical Fusion, Long Bay
A great beachfront restaurant owned by local chef, serving lunch and dinner. Kenneth is also available for private catering.
Brandywine Estate Restaurant, Brandywine Bay
Fine Dining. Beautiful setting and great breezes.
Charlies, The Moorings, Road Town
This is a great waterfront setting, tastefully decorated and with some of the friendliest staff on island. Great varied menu - there is a sushi chef, brick pizza oven and fine dining menu including lobster, (click on menu to view)
Bananakeet Cafe, Carrot Bay (West End)
Relaxed setting, good food and amazing views, get there before sunset and do make reservations - this is no longer a well-kept secret! Great Pimms Sunday brunch.
Da Coal Pot, Apple Bay (West End)
Casual dining in a pretty garden setting. Wide variety, cooked by the fabulous Evelyn. Any conch dish and coconut shrimp is awesome, fresh fish also.
The Sugar Mill, Apple Bay (West End)
Fine dining, set menu and sittings so do call ahead, a very special evening. Wonderful food and the best breakfast on the island too (try the Plantation Pancakes or the Beach Breakfast).
Islands, The Sugar Mill, Apple Bay (West End)
Fantastic burgers, fish and chips, veggie options, salads, soups and wraps, everything.....lunches only. Generally breezy and on the beach. Serving from 12 - 2 but do get there earlier rather than later as it is very popular and they do not take reservations.
Pussers Landing, Soperís Hole (West End)
Perfect for relaxed dining, great for kids, right on the dock. Pizzas, burgers, conch fritters, nachos, fresh fish.
Elm Beach Bar, Cane Garden Bay Beach
Relaxed atmosphere, great food, great fun and great music.....on the beach! Friday and Sunday afternoon/evening are especially awesome when they BBQ and whoever is around with an instrument will be playing with manager Steve Davis' band, The Elmtones......
Myetts, Cane Garden Bay Beach
There's always something fun happening at Myett's, with live music most nights in season and many specials. Right on the beach, it is open 7 days/week, so come anytime for a cool cocktail and more!
Go for dinner and live reggae played by Quito himself. Lunch, dinner and drinks served at the bayside beach bar and inside bar. Finer dining upstairs at the Beach Chic restaurants.
Capriccio di Mare, Road Town (opposite the ferry dock)
Relaxed dining. A genuine Caffe Italiano, superb thin crust pizzas and delicious pastas.
Da Best Cup, Sopers Hole, West End
Awesome fresh breakfasts and coffee.