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“Worth the Trip to Speightstown”
Review of Mango's By The Sea - CLOSED

Mango's By The Sea
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 3 March 2012

We have never heard of Mangos as they don't advertise in the usual places but we were taken by some friends who had been before. It's right in the centre of ST and doesn't greet you well. However once you go up the stairs to the bar, dining area and art gallery its a transformation. They are busy doing some redevelopment (which didn't intrude on our experience) which will certainly benefit the place. This includes dining downstairs on the beach and the production of a huge mural on the side of an adjacent disused warehouse. It will be worth another visit just to see the finished mural. The setting of the bar and dining area (once inside) is idyllic and the staff very friendly. They have both a standard menu and a daily specials board. It falls between casual and elegant dining and that extends to the prices that are reasonable rather than cheap. We will go again.

Thank Radnet
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

Pierre Spenard is the proprietor of this very special seaside restaurant in Speightstown, St.Peter.
He is a superb chef and creates the dishes offered on his small but enticing menus.
Try the savory fresh crab brûlée to start-absolutely delicious and subtle flavours-followed by the medley of seafood lightly grilled served with a vegetable salsa and basmati rice.The wine list is also moderate but with something for everyone to enjoy.
Sitting on the balcony overlooking a beautiful beach and the calm Caribbean sea is icing on this special cake.
Apart from being a brilliant and creative chef, Pierre is an entrepreneur with an amazing talent and he is almost single-handedly transforming this wonderful and quaint old town on the calm Caribbean sea into a unique visitor experience.He has commissioned the famous Trompe L'Oeil artist, John Pugh of California, to paint and erect an 80 feet by 20 feet mural depicting the history of Barbados on a wall adjacent to his restaurant and which will form another aspect of this unique Barbadian dining experience.The work is in progress now and will be completed in March 2012.
Pierre will soon also establish an adjoining micro-brewery.
If you have time visit Speightstown and Mango's By The Sea and ask for Pierre.You will be entertained.
Speightstown was formally settled around 1630 and in the earliest days of Settlement was Barbados's busiest port . Ships laden with sugar and other commodities left Speightstown bound directly for London and especially Bristol. For this reason Speightstown is sometimes known as Little Bristol. The quaint town has now become the centre of a tourist area as well as a secondary shopping centre.
The area of Speightstown was the first major port and commercial centre of Barbados. The city is named after William Speight, a member of Barbados' first Assembly during the colonial years as well as the former land owner where the city is located. It has a long and colorful history reaching back to the 17th century when it served as one of the main ports connecting the island with the “mother country,” England. Back then Speightstown was sometimes called “Little Bristol” because of these trading connections with Bristol in England. This little village was the port that Ayscue could not take, when dispatched by Cromwell to quell the insurrection in Barbados in 1649. The Barbadians were loyal to Charles I, and would not accept Oliver Cromwell as their protector. For six months Ayscue was unable to land in Barbados, and concentrated attacks on Speightstown were repelled by the small forts along the shore.
The tiny island was landed only with the help of a defector who led Ayscue and his men to land at Oistins Town where they met with representatives of the island and signed what has become known as the "Charter of Barbados". Signed in 1652, the agreement gave Barbados rights and privileges unheard of in any other Island. In particular it guaranteed that Barbados could not be taxed without the consent of a Barbados General Assembly.
Many historic buildings dating from colonial times, including Arlington House, still remain standing in the town and can be seen mostly along Queen Street, Church Street and Orange Street. Speightstown saw a lot of activity during the reign of the sugar industry and the day of the slave trade. Many slaves would have passed through this town, even if they were to be shipped on further to other islands or America.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Very pleasant restaurant overlooking the sea in Speightstown, Barbados. Unusual cocktails made expertly, excellent cooking. I recommend highly.

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Reviewed 17 February 2012

We sent to Mangos for Valentines Day dinner with family. They had a lovely fixed price dinner with appetizer, dinner, and dessert. The food was very good and the ambiance was very nice.

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Thank MElizabethL
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

Excellent fresh food and a very nice wine list in 2011. Do order fish here. There seems to be fewer American wines this year (2012) so check the wine lists if you do not like Chilean or Australian wines.

Thank CLB409
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