Celestine Giles and Esta Butcher run a restaurant on the road leading to Harrison’s Cave serving delicious home-cooked Bajan food. It is frequented by locals either as a quick lunch stop while at work or after a hike in the area.
A growing number of visitors have found this unique spot. It is good for lunch while visiting Harrison’s Cave, Welshman Hall Gulley, Hunts Gardens or the Flower Forest.
Celestine’s many homemade drinks, like Mango, Sour Sop, Golden Apple, Lemonade and Sorrell are made from locally picked fruit. Her dishes include Flying Fish, Chicken, Rice & Peas and Macaroni Pie.
Friday the special is Salt Fish and Cou-Cou. Served in a large bowl with Sweet Potato, Pickle Cucumber and Okra. It’s REALLY worth driving across the island for!
Celestine uses local produce. Her garden and the surrounding farms grow the herbs and vegetables used in her kitchen.
In addition, most days she bakes coconut bread. But these are usually sold out by 10am to her regular customers. If you are visiting the cave, stop on the way in and reserve it to collect when you stop for lunch on the way out. Fish Cakes (Locally called Bread & 2) are served as a morning snack to tide you over to lunch time.
These ladies are an example of someone who through hard work, a good product and catering to the customer has made a good living in a very competitive environment.
Celestine’s is on the way to Harrison’s Cave: Allan View, St. Thomas, Barbados.