Following a £4 million restoration, Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, will debut its new-look Estate House Bar and Restaurant when it reopens in December 2016. The private island resort, located just off the coast of Antigua in a 19th century plantation house, will be returned to its former grandeur with a design by Dennis Irvine, inspired by the property’s rich history and island traditions.
Combining the aesthetics of a traditional colonial home with a contemporary perspective, Irvine’s redesign will represent a modern interpretation of the Colonial spirit. Retaining historical elements of the original structure, the redesign will pay homage to The Estate House’s roots in empire-era glamour with subtle nods to the island’s history and traditions throughout.
A two-story, vaulted ceiling will provide a dramatic entryway to the bar, while an airy courtyard, connecting the main restaurant, three private dining rooms, and the Wine Room, will serve as an outdoor lounge space to savour pre or post dinner drinks, amongst tropical plants and a fountain made by a local artist.
Curated local artwork depicting local Antiguan life, flora, and fauna, and vintage maps will adorn the walls, while sophisticated tableware and accessories in bespoke Ginori china, silver and crystal will offer a refined dining experience.
Inspired by the island’s verdant landscape, a colour palette of rich greens will be used throughout, and handcrafted furnishings in ebony, teak, rattan, and wicker will emulate the style of past travellers and explorers. Sweeping terraces will offer views of the island landscape, and, in keeping with The Estate House’s new look, restaurant and bar staff will wear uniforms designed by Emilia Wickstead.
The restaurant’s menu will combine classic fare with modern island flavours, drawing largely from the culinary traditions of the West Indies. Among the menu’s highlights will be monkfish and black trumpet casserole with crispy jasmine rice pancake, spiny lobster with Armagnac flambe, tomato, saffron pearl, and sear urchin, and Black sea bass with potato confit.
“The restored Estate House will represent the best of the old and new,” comments Andrew Hedley, Managing Director of Jumby Bay and Regional Vice President of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. “Already renowned as one of Antigua’s most sought after dining destinations, the re-imagined Estate House will emerge as the Caribbean’s ultimate social club for gourmet fare, sophisticated mixology, and mingling from day to night.”