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“Wish we would have found this place years ago”
Review of Sandpiper

Sandpiper
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
“Wish we would have found this place years ago”
Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

From the moment we arrived greeted with ice cold peppermint towels and a delicious rum punch we knew we were going to love this place. We were upgraded to an upstairs suite because of the building work on the beach (which by the way didn't bother us at all) and I cried when saw the room, the sound of the sea crashing the view spectacular (room 21) . The understated elegance of this resort should never be underestimated. The gardens and beach immaculate at all times. Towel fluffing, fresh sorbets and the most obliging water sports team enhanced our experience. Every single member of staff was quiet, curteous professional at all times and friendly. We had four restaurants booked even though we were half board and cancelled two of them because the hotel food was spectacular. We were introduced to head chef who shared a recipe with us. Harold from the bar was a legend he organised all our outings and for my birthday at tides he organised a complimentary glass of champagne a cake and table decorations. What's left to say, wish we had found this place years ago, they have a very magic formula and our friends and us will return next year and the year after and bring our families too. Thank you Sandpiper for making our 30th wedding anniversary a very special and memorable occasion, we are lifelong members of your exclusive club.

Visited June 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great Food variable service”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

We ate here every night whilst staying at the Sandpiper hotel. We could have eaten out at other top restaurants as we had a dine around package but felt the food was so good we did not want to try anywhere else. We were told by locals that we met elsewhere that it is difficult to get a table at the Sandpiper as the restaurant is usually full with resident guests and it seemed to be so everynight.
The style is traditional fine dining with a dresscode, no vests or Tshirts and long trousers required for men which seems to suit the diners who dress up quite a bit (particularly the ladies!).Traditional limed wood, subdued lighting, candles on the table and good quality musicians playing most nights create a relaxing affluent ambience.
The food is really good on a par with the best restaurants we have eaten in anywhere bettering michelin star in the UK.
There are five starters every night which change on a weekly basis plus two specials which change on a daily basis. Three salads and five pasta dishes which change on a weekly basis. There are eight mains, which includes three "local dishes" which change on a weekly basis plus two specials which change on a daily basis plus " from the grill" which includes T bone steak, rib eye, chicken,lamb Salmon,shrimp and fish. Our favourite starters were; seared sea scallops with caramelized carrot puree, chilled cream of asparagus soup with creme fraiche and caviar. Our favourite mains were;caribbean shrimp from the grill,duck done differently on several occasions, beef tenderloin with red wine and onions, and kingfish on mash with a spicy green salad.We usually finished off with creme brulee or Eton mess both of which varied each night eg with Bailey's or blueberries or with spun sugar or without.To be honest two courses would be more than sufficient but when you have paid in advance and the food is so good it is easy to indulge.
Wednesday is the buffet day which is extensive and delicious and not to be missed even though it sounds like the chef's night off (and probably is) you will not find a better buffet which includes lots of hot food such as pasta or curry cooked to order. Similarly Sunday is Bar BQ night which again is extensive with fish, shrimp and a variety of meats cooked to order (which creates a queue) but is very expensive BDS 150 (ie £50) if not on half board.
There is a good wine list with a lot of new world wine, we particularly liked the NZ sauvignon blanc BDS 80 which is very reasonable (BDS 40 in the supermarket) but champagne eg Moet is very expensive BDS 290 (BDS 150 which is £50 in the supermarket).
The only thing we were disappointed in was the quality of the service. Not bad enough to make us eat elsewhere because the food is so good but it stops the experience being the absolute best. The staff are nice and friendly but made little mistakes eg on the buffet night they were not ready at 7.30pm. Then we were told there was no gravy for the meat but then it appeared 20 mins later when we were on our afters; our amuse bouche were delivered to the next door table so when our starter came we had yet to receive them and the starters were left on a serving table until we hastily consumed newly delivered amuse bouche; we received the wrong main course one night (cock up in the order or the kitchen) and one night a rock hard stale bread roll which when replaced was left lonely on a side plate. All of that occured in the first four days and then the owner appeared and the staff that had tended to drift about and talk between themselves upped their game.
An average meal if you pay a la carte would be around BDS 160 around £55 which includes VAT and 10% service. Paid for in advance on half board I think it is $60 USD or about £40 which is an absolute bargain for food of this quality in such a fine setting. With top quality service it really would be world class.

  • Visited April 2013
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Greenlawn, New York
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Formal dining at the beach”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stayed at the sister hotel The Coral Reef and decided to ry the resturant at the Sandpiper one evening. We were not disappointed. It is open air although the setting is more formal than at some of the other places we tried in the area. Service couldn't have been better. The food was very good. there was a piano player singing in the background to give the place a nice romanic feel.

Visited April 2013
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birmingham uk
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Excellent all round experience”
Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

As homeowners in Barbados and after visiting the main west coast restaurants a group of six of us decided to give the sandpiper a try, we were not disappointed. It was a busy evening with a nice three piece band giving a nice feel, we had drinks in the bar area to start and ordered from here, a very good menu, with the choice of small or larger portions, perfect. It was difficult to choose as there were lots of things that appealed, I chose from the grill the veal t bone super.... The hot soup starter was excellently presented and very tasty. My husband had the duck and said it was the best he'd had in a long time.,,,, we all commented the same, beautiful meal, good staff, albeit a little pricey, but on this island you definitely get what you pay for. Highly recommend.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A treat, but worth it!”
Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

Charismatic and charming staff set the tone of your evening here. That, coupled with fine food such as fresh seared tuna, followed by perfectly cooked surf and turf, whilst listening to the quirky songs of the local acoustic band made for a fabulous evening!

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