80 Senses #1... Lunch at Scilly Cay, Anguilla

80 Senses #1... Lunch at Scilly Cay, Anguilla

We can't think of a more perfect place to have lunch. The island of Anguilla in the Caribbean is little more than a glorified sandbank, albeit a sandbank with some of the best beaches and finest hotels in the Windward Islands, but what really makes this island stand out is the food. The quality of the eateries is exceptional, and the cherry on top of this delectable cake is the small island restaurant of Scilly Cay.


The perfect lunch

We can't think of a more perfect place to have lunch, and the experience starts from the quayside in Island Harbour where you wave to the island, a couple of hundred yards offshore. A boat will zip over to pick you up, and once on Scilly Cay itself you realise there is no electricity, and it's just a series of glorified shacks with the walls inlaid with vivid pink conch shells.


Punch and lobster

There is a menu of sorts, but it's all about the lobster here so pop round the back, single out your own crustacean and the chef will read it the last rights before cleaving it in two and whacking it straight onto the grill. (You don't have to see this bit, obviously!) Next, settle back to enjoy the view clutching a potent Eudoxie Rum Punch, named after the owner, Eudoxie Wallace, a former professional tennis player and semi-professional smoothie.


Walk on water

The lobster is served on a bed of coconut leaves with a very mild and extremely scrummy curry sauce and it is, quite frankly, delicious. After lunch, you can snooze on the beach, snorkel around the tiny island or have another rum punch after which, Eudoxie assured us, 'you can walk on water.'


Part of our new series 'Around the World in 80 Senses', celebrating our favourite things from our extensive travels. As with any self-respecting list, there's absolutely no scientific basis to the choices we've made. It's all shamelessly subjective! For more information on tailor made trips in Anguilla, contact Original Travel.