The Beach Tent at The Royal Pink Plan­ta­tion House

Sand, Sea and Scrump­tious Is­land Food

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One of the best kept se­crets on Re­duit Beach nes­tles in the sand in front of the grande dame of is­land re­sorts, the Royal St Lu­cia by rex re­sorts. This rus­tic lit­tle beach­side res­tau­rant is open for lunch and din­ner, but re­gard­less what time of day you set­tle down on one of its com­fort­able rat­tan chairs, the views are com­pelling and the hos­pi­tal­ity is truly Saint Lu­cian.

Although it is part of the re­sort, the Beach Tent is open to all hun­gry beach­go­ers so whether you're tak­ing a welcome shade break to en­joy a healthy salad, or fill­ing up with hearty Lu­cian fish broth af­ter a stren­u­ous swim in the crys­tal blue waves, the Royal's rus­tic wooden shack with the thatched roof is a per­fect spot to dine and watch beach-life go by.

With menus cre­ated by the re­sort's Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Eike Lauff, you might ex­pect this to be an ex­pen­sive out­ing, but the rea­son­able prices are great value for the qual­ity and lo­ca­tion. The Royal's el­e­gant Pool Bar is also a won­der­ful place to chill out with a Happy Hour sun­downer—in fact cock­tails are two for one from 5pm un­til 7pm ev­ery day, and there's an end­less list of trop­i­cal blended in­ven­tions and clas­sic in­ter­na­tional favourites to choose from.

White cot­ton ta­ble-set­tings feel ca­su­ally chic and the wine list is sim­ple but top class as the sunset captivates your at­ten­tion, dip­ping be­low the hori­zon in front of the bay, and of­ten throw­ing vivid or­ange and pink brush­strokes across the fad­ing blue sky. Depend­ing on the night of the week, the Beach Tent menu of­fers ei­ther a steak­house or Ital­ian theme, and both choices are im­pres­sive.

Choos­ing fish on steak night might seem con­trary as Mary, but the Royal's culi­nary team make it very hard to refuse the pescatar­ian al­ter­na­tives like Grilled King­fish on Wild Mush­room Ragout or Herb-Crusted Mahi Mahi with Spiced Pump­kin Puree. Meat eaters will love the choice of steak cuts ac­com­pa­nied by fresh lo­cal side dishes and clas­sic sauces, cooked to your pref­er­ence and al­ways melt-in-the-mouth. There's even a tuna steak which is won­der­ful cooked rare, paired with sweet potato mash and Cre­ole but­ter.

Ap­pe­tis­ers in­clude a zesty wa­ter­melon salad and crispy lo­cal-inspired fish­cakes, and por­tions are hearty so be sure not to fill up too much for dessert be­cause the chef's rum baba cus­tard con­coc­tion is ab­so­lutely un­miss­able, although the cho­co­late brownie with vanilla ice cream is a def­i­nite con­tender too!

Open for lunch and din­ner, we think you'll love dis­cov­er­ing the se­crets of the Beach Tent, so take a walk down Re­duit Beach and give them a try.

Call 457 3131 for in­for­ma­tion or reser­va­tions.

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