During my recent trip to Barbados, I was travelling with a recovering broken ankle. At the time I was waiting to go back to the hospital to see if I needed an operation, this meant I was using my crutches but I also took with me a knee scooter which was the best thing ever to help me get around much easier.
As I have visited Barbados before I had a good idea of some restaurants which would be suitable for me and some which wouldn’t on this occasion. I wasn’t able to walk up and downstairs but I could use my scooter if there were some small ones!
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When it’s something I’ve not needed before, I tried to do some research but found limited results so for restaurants we weren’t sure about, we contacted them first to ask about their accessibility options.
There were 5 restaurants we went to which stood out for visiting with accessibility needs which I wanted to share in case you are in a similar situation and want to still have a nice time on your travels.
We went to every restaurant via taxi (or we hired a car for a couple of days) and the taxi drivers were always so helpful at helping me into the car or assisting with putting my scooter in the back. Even when we weren’t going very far they were always happy to help us.
5 Barbados Accessible Restaurants
The Beach Club by Paul Owens
Situated in Holetown this was probably the best for accessibility needs. They have an open entrance and it was easy to get to the bar area for a cocktail and also to our table. They have a disabled toilet which is separate so if you needed help you would be ok. The food was incredible too – Paul Owens was previously the chef at The Cliff restaurant.
Again in Holetown, The Tides was easy to access and all the staff were so helpful. Although they didn’t have a specific toilet in the ladies they had a slightly bigger toilet to the right which was sufficient to fit my knee scooter in. Staff also helped me get into the taxi as it was a slighter higher one than I would have liked! We arrived for dinner at sunset and the view was fantastic and so was the food!
Tapas on the South Coast is a wonderful restaurant and if you can book a table on the very front overlooking the boardwalk there are no steps as they have a ramp outside or you can enter from the boardwalk. If you are further back in the restaurant there is just one. There is no disabled toilet but the toilets are easy to get to from the restaurant. It’s near our hotel so we visited Tapas a few times both during the day and at night and we always helpful service and delicious food.
Champers is also on the South Coast and has a ramp outside (although it is quite steep). On my first night, I went without my scooter which was a mistake but I was still getting used to things and they loaned me a wheelchair as I was struggling a little bit with my crutches. They were really kind about it and friendly. Again, we went a few times both day and night and always had gorgeous food. In the ladies, they had a disabled toilet (I’m not sure about the gents).
The Fish Pot
The Fish Pot is north of Speightstown and we visited in our hire car, where we were able to park outside and easily get into the restaurant. We went during lunchtime and had a view of the ocean as we enjoyed a delicious lunch. There was one step up to the toilets which I managed using my scooter and the toilets themselves were spacious and easy to access. It was a really nice few hours at The Fish Pot.
I hope this helps if you like I was, are searching for some restaurants which you can access whilst in Barbados. Even if you don’t need any wheelchair access, these are all nice restaurants that I would highly recommend.
Other restaurants we visited were The Round House which has ramp access but steps to the toilets, Baby Doll which is flat and next to the boardwalk (I only went for drinks on this trip but have enjoyed their pizza in the past) and we also got lots of takeouts from Just Grillin’, which is always a firm favourite.