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“THE BEST rum punch”
Review of Smiling Harry's

Smiling Harry's
Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Freetown
Cuisines: Caribbean
Description: When entering the National Park "Half Moon Bay" just west of Freetown, you cant miss Smiling Harry's Restaurant and Bar.
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Description: When entering the National Park "Half Moon Bay" just west of Freetown, you cant miss Smiling Harry's Restaurant and Bar.
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“THE BEST rum punch”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

Half Moon Bay and Smiling Harry's are worth the drive from St. John's. Indeed, they probably are worth the flight from anywhere.

Abandon the cramped tourist beaches on the west and south west of the island and head immediately to Half Moon Bay. Once there, stake out a patch of sand under the trees, take a swim and then walk to Smiling Harry's for the best rum punch in the known universe.

Harry himself staffs the beach-front trailer (drinks only) and his brother is up at the cafe. Both are legends and have stacks of great stories. Ask Harry about being Silvio Berlusconi's driver and get the straight dope on the abandoned hotel.

Their opening hours are "whenever they are open" but they generally are there (in season) from about 11 or 12.

Be warned, between their food, rum, sunshine and lovely beach you may decide to abandon your family, job and home so that you can devote your time to being a professional beach bum.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
UK/Antigua
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95 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“almost as famous as Half Moon Bay itself!”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Smiling Harry's is a local institution - and justifiably so. Set slightly up the road from the spectacular Half Moon Bay, it is THE place to stop for a drink and a bite to eat during the day. The menu's about as basic as it gets - great burgers and a local dish or two every day. The drinks are cold, and dispensed with unique charm.

You can make a quick stop on a sightseeing tour, or while away some time talking putting the world (and cricket) to rights.

It would be worth the trip over even without the beach...

  • Visited March 2013
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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A great place to grab a bite to eat before / after the beach”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

There aren't many places to eat on the South East of the Island but this one is perfectly located next to Half Moon Bay. We ate there on the way to the beach a couple of times and you order from whatever is available in the kitchen on the day. First time we had chicken and a burger, the next, fish and chicken - both times the food was superb and the children (10 and 12) ate well. Service is friendly and custom appreciated. We shall return as it is next to our favourite beach!

  • Visited April 2013
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Orlingbury, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“The place to be”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Whenever we visit Antigua we drop into Smilin' Harry's, the bar/restaurant on Half Moon Bay. Harry and his brother are excellent hosts, the bar a great location and the prices are good.

Half Moon Bay has no facilities, the hotel having been in a state of disrepair for some time. If it wasn't for Smilin' Harry's it just wouldn't be possible for us to linger as long at our favourite beach in Antigua. The bar's restrooms are very clean and close by.

Harry also had a small satellite bar next to the car park by the beach so there isn't far to stroll for a cold beer.

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4 restaurant reviews
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“The real Antigua!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Just back from Antigua and visited Harry's three times taking US and Canadian friends from the resort, couldn't have been made more welcome! Great place to eat, just ask what he's got in and enjoy, two fresh fish and four ice cold beers for $20 can't be beaten. Don't tell anyone else but Halfmoon beach is our favourite on the island.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank hilary02
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