Iconic bar and restaurant to reopen in November 2016 with new design, menu concept, and island-inspired diversions

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, the private island resort located just off the coast of Antigua, recently announced that its signature bar and restaurant, The Estate House, will reopen in November 2016 following a four-million-pound restoration.  The circa 1830 plantation house, once the centerpiece of the island’s sugar plantation and the oldest building on Jumby Bay Island, will be returned to its former grandeur with a design scheme and culinary concept inspired by the home’s rich history and island traditions.  The new Estate House will include a main restaurant and bar with three new private dining rooms each featuring a different island-inspired menu, as well as a wine room.

Representing a modern interpretation of the Colonial spirit, the restaurant’s menu combines classic fare with modern island flavours, drawing on the culinary traditions of the West Indies. Among the menu's many highlights: Monkfish and black trumpet casserole with crispy jasmine rice pancake; Spiny lobster with Armagnac flambe, tomato, saffron pearl, and sear urchin; and Black sea bass with potato confit. For dessert, sweet indulgences include Rum Baba with berry compote and preserved citrus and Baked Alaska with rum flambe and Antiguan black pineapple. The Estate House’s three private dining rooms will also feature menus inspired by different regions of the world and the West Indies. The Blue Room will offer a variety of seafood, the Map Room will feature dishes from the Antilles region, and the Tent Room will feature dishes with Moroccan and North African flavors, drawing on the history of Spaniard colonists who had been under Moroccan influence before traveling to the Caribbean. 

The bar will boast an extensive rum collection as well as creative cocktails inspired by Antigua’s history including the Christopher Columbus, a powerful libation of English Harbour 5, Captain Morgan and Cointreau with lime, pineapple and pomegranate; the Carlisle Collins, a spicy blend of Johnnie Walker Black Label shaken with fresh lemon and home-made molasses nectar; and Colonial Classic, a refined concoction of Tanqueray 10 and Cavalier White rum stirred with St. Germaine elderflower liqueur and grapefruit oils. In the evening, guests will enjoy poker tournaments and sunset champagne cocktail hours, as well as special rum tastings.  On Saturdays, The Estate House will invite guests to dress in their sportiest whites for games of lawn bowling while enjoying Pimm’s Cup cocktails.  The Sunday Rum Brunch will be another new signature of The Estate House, featuring rum-infused takes on classic brunch dishes, to include rum-raisin sticky buns with rum-infused honey and Antiguan Rum cappuccinos. 

“The restored Estate House will represent the best of the old and new,” said Andrew Hedley, Managing Director of Jumby Bay and Regional Vice President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.  “Already renowned as one of Antigua’s most sought after dining destinations, the reimagined Estate House will emerge as the Caribbean’s ultimate social club for gourmet fare, sophisticated mixology, and mingling from day to night.”

Richly combining the impressions of a traditional colonial home with a contemporary perspective, The Estate House’s redesign, led by acclaimed designer Dennis Irvine, represents a modern interpretation of the Colonial spirit. Retaining historical elements of the original structure, the redesign will pay homage to The Estate House’s roots in empire-era glamour with subtle nods to the island’s history and traditions throughout.  A two-story, vaulted ceiling will provide a dramatic entryway to the bar, while an airy courtyard, connecting the main restaurant, three private dining rooms, and the Wine Room, will serve as an idyllic outdoor lounge space to savor pre or post dinner drinks, amongst tropical plants and a fountain made by a local artist.  Curated local artwork depicting local Antiguan life, flora, and fauna, and vintage maps will adorn the walls, while sophisticated tableware and accessories in bespoke Ginori china, silver and crystal will offer a refined dining experience.  Inspired by the island’s verdant landscape, a colour palette of rich greens will be employed, and handcrafted furnishings in ebony, teak, rattan, and wicker will emulate the style of past travellers and explorers.  Sweeping terraces will offer unparalleled views of the island landscape.  In keeping with The Estate House’s new look, restaurant and bar staff will wear fashionable uniforms designed by acclaimed designer Emilia Wickstead.

The design of The Estate House’s three private dining rooms – The Map Room, The Tent Room, and the Blue Room will embody different facets of the island’s character. The Map Room will personify wanderlust and discovery through carefully curated objects and antique maps from the golden age of exploration.  The Blue Room will feature hand painted trompe l’oeil island scenes and rich blues inspired by the twilight sky. Draped fabric ceiling and walls in the Tent Room create a romantic Empire Era dining experience.

For more information or reservations please contact Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort at 268-462-6000, or visit www.rosewoodhotels.com