At the St James we encourage our visitors to try the local traditional foods. This might be roasted breadfruit, sugar cakes, tamarind balls or guava cheese. Water and jelly straight from the coconut, chopped open for you at the roadside. The scent of limes making lemonade. Dense coconut bread and denser lead pipes. Golden apples and avocados still warm from the sun. Bunches of ackees sold by the roadside. Hot fried flying fish, served straight from the pan. An all chicken roti on the run.
The St James offers the perfect accommodation to try something new, as you can eat at a different restaurant every night; or shop in the local supermarket to create your own delicious meals, or buy ready prepared meals and snacks from the local fish and food stalls and vans, or hire a cook for some or all of your stay – the choice is endless!
The history of rum in Barbados and Barbados itself are forever intertwined. So what could be better than enjoying a tipple on your first night at The St James as you gaze at the ocean view and let your cares drift away on the sea breeze? All apartments will be supplied with a complimentary bottle of rum and mixer.
When you are ready to leave the luxury of the St James, you could further indulge your new-found love of rum punch with a visit to a rum shop. The social hub of Barbados, rum shops are the place to go to share a laugh, a story and a drink. Moreover it’s an integral part of Bajan culture that dates back some 300 years.
There is a really popular rum shop close to the St James called ‘Vicks’ – it’s only 200 yards away. Step up to the counter and order a rum punch, some cou-cou and flying fish. The local people will be pleased to see you and will embrace the opportunity to tell you about their island – your first visit to Vicks is unlikely to be your last!