A Blog About Barbados Restaurants

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I stumbled across Barbados Restaurants blog last week, and I haven’t quite figured out what it is.

Is it a hobby? Is it a business for advertising restaurants? Does the author trade reviews for meals? (Heck.. they do that at the New York Times so it is hardly a secret anymore.)

Anyway, Barbados Restaurants is a well written and pleasing to the eye blog – even if Champers is their favourite place. Check out Barbados Restaurants blog (link here).

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5 responses to “A Blog About Barbados Restaurants

  1. iandi

    not a fan of champers. had 2 negative experiences there. found the management to be rude and condescending. too bad for them because their competition gained from my patronage.

  2. BFP

    Yup… and we weren’t seated upstairs because VIP’s were there – and Shona and I didn’t fit the mould – no matter how many credit cards we had, and how well dressed we were.

    Nope… you have to be of a certain type of couple to be seated upstairs when “he” is there.

  3. BFP

    Just to be clear…

    I am convinced that one of us is not “tanned” enough.

  4. [04/22/05] Another sad reality is that the majority of our tourists reside in countries where the daily newspaper is generally considered reliable and accurate. Such distortions, omissions and untruths as we have experienced regarding this latest incident would be considered inconceivable for The Daily Mail, Maimi Herald, The New York Times or The Toronto Star!

    The fact it was printed in the Barbadian press ironically imbues a sense of credence to the report!

    Most of the visitors who were in Barbados during this period have long gone home without reading any apologies or retractions in the press. Their recount of the story to their fellow countrymen has already accomplished irreparable damage.

    We were too slow to react. Could this happen again? Will we allow it to happen again? Should there be strategy in place and ready to implement within 24 hours of such an incident? The calI-in radio shows appeared to attract a more passionate and outspoken observer than any one professional body on the Island.

    I think the old adage “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” will make any newspaper publisher think twice before behaving in such an irresponsible and unprofessional manner. Can you imagine a newspaper with absolutely no printed advertisements in their daily paper for just one day let alone three months??? But which body will assume the responsibility to protect its Members?

    The report has undoubtedly had a negative impact on our Tourist Industry. We need to empower and support the BHTA should they assume the responsibility to protect our cause and industry.

    Kim Abed

    WEST INDIA COFFEE COMPANY LIMITED

    29 PINE ROAD

    BELLEVILLE

    ST. MICHAEL

    BARBADOS

    WEST INDIES

    TEL: (246) 427-1400

    I have followed this story with great interest as from the very start I believed that the story as reported in the Nation newspaper was not a true representation of the facts. I agree with other members comments that the Nation is most unlikely to print “the other side”. We should contact Harold Hoyte and ask him to print the restaurant’s story and that if he doesn’t agree to do so we will take the following action:

    · stop all advertising in the Nation Newspaper and all related magazines publications etc for three months.

    · discontinue the practice of giving a copy of the Nation to our guests.

    The Nation must be made to understand and accept that they have a responsibility to give accurate, balanced reporting. For years they have been publishing half truths & facts and hiding their apologies and retractions in some remote part of the newspaper. Their inaccurate and unbalanced reporting could have a negative financial impact on the restaurant, let us show our displeasure to the The Nation in a meaningful way, by withhold our advertising $, I am sure we will get their attention.

    Harry Roberts
    Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary

    Colin,

    You expressed my sentiments exactly. There was a small retraction in yesterday’s paper on page titled “Pisces Reps did attend court”. It measured one and a half inches high by three and a half inches wide and contained exactly forty five words. I wonder how many persons saw that compared to the original page four article with family picture.

    Even if the other side of the story is printed on the front page it will not address the real issue here. That issue is that we must insist on responsible, credible and professional conduct from our national media at all times. The other issue is that the retraction will not eliminate the damage that has already been done to Pisces and the livelihood of its employees.

    Printing the retraction is not enough. We have to ensure that it does not happen again. We are all affected by this and will continue to be unless we do something about it.

    Ricky

    Acute Vision Inc.

    This information should be posted on the notice boards of all our members. Our people (Amaryllis and Allamanda) have been talking about this since Sunday without the benefit of this side of the incident, and many have the incorrect impression. From time to time our team members advise our guests about other restaurants and I would not wish them to avoid speaking about Pisces because of this. I would not hold my breath until it appears in the newspaper in question. We will certainly be posting it.

    Colin E. Jordan

    Director of Finance & Administration

    Palm Beach Hotel Group:-

    Amaryllis Beach Resort/Allamanda Beach Hotel

    ( (246) 438-8000 ext 5289

    Ladies and Gentlemen

    I am sure it has been forwarded but just in case you have not yet seen the “OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY” which one of our National Newspapers chose NOT to get prior to printing their Pisces story last Sunday.

    Nothing would please me more than to see this printed or aired in the media. Not only for Pisces as they deserve it but also for the Barbados Police Force, The hospitality industry in general and Barbados as a tourism destination of choice for many.

    The Newspaper in question should be ashamed.

    However, as a business persons and human beings we have to accept the fact that everyone makes mistakes and we should in no way doubt that an organization like the the newspaper which printed such a sensationalized version of the incident would do what is necessary to ensure the public is given the chance to read Pisces Restaurant side of the story.

    I look forward to seeing it.

    To all of us who work so hard to improve our tourism product and by extension the people of Barbados, similar to Mr. Dottin and his team at Pisces, keep up the great work.

    Those who choose to be irresponsible, at times, and as a result cry down our people and in turn jeopardize our businesses and our country, wake up. We will not take it lying down unless we deserve it.

    17th April 2005
    BAD MANNERS LEAVE MORE THAN A BAD TASTE

    Mr. Bascombe dined at “Pisces Restaurant” on Wednesday 13th 2005 during which time he ordered dinner and a bottle of Meridian Pinot Noir 2001. The waiter presented Mr. Bascombe with the bottle and informed him that it was a different vintage, 2003. Mr. Bascombe instructed the waiter to open it and pour it for him to taste. This is the customary procedure of serving wine in any restaurant. Mr. Bascombe failed at this time to bring to our attention that he did not want the bottle of wine. Mr. Bascombe consumed over half the bottle on his own during dinner and when presented with the bill then loudly protested to the waiter that he wasn’t paying for the wine because he didn’t like it. I then, as the manager on duty, became involved to try to resolve the situation. My inquiries about the whole incident were met with much hostility. Efforts to deal with the situation at hand in a civil manner were proving to be extremely difficult and unsuccessful as Mr. and Mrs. Bascombe’s behavior was causing disruption to other guests in the restaurant.

    Mr. Bascombe placed himself in the entranceway of the restaurant where his behavior escalated to the point of being abusive in manner and was banging on the front desk and shouting at our patrons trying to enter that they should not eat in the restaurant. I stated to Mr. Bascombe that if he wanted to behave in this manner that he would need to leave the restaurant. Mr. Bascombe insisted he was not willing to deal with me and demanded that I call the police. It was obvious that Mr. Bascombe was out of control so I made calls to the owners of the restaurant informing them of the situation and as Mr. Bascombe requested I called the police. Two uniformed police officers one of which was the station sergeant from the Worthing police station arrived. The officers were informed of the incident involving the bottle of wine and our inability to resolve the situation because of Mr. Bascombes erratic behavior. We informed the officers that whatever they needed to do to resolve the situation would be supported by us. This is where Mr. Bascombe had the opportunity to sit and inform the officers in a calm manner what his grievances were. When the officers attempted to obtain information from Mr. Bascombe he maintained his rowdy behavior and stated clearly once again that he was not paying and refused to move from the front desk where he was still obstructing the flow of guests to and from the restaurant. The police requested that he calm-down. Again, he refused and was advised by the officer that if he did not calm himself that he would have to accompany them down to the police station, to which he readily agreed. Mr. Bascombe was taken to the Worthing police station where he resumed his escalating loud and aggressive behavior, which he and Mrs. Bascombe were now directing towards the police in a belittling and derogatory manner. It was after futile attempts to enter into a respectful interaction that Mr. Bascombe was subsequently arrested and charged.

    Mr. Bascombe was the most disruptive, uncooperative, abusive and aggressive customer I have ever come across. The intervention of the police was justifiable and totally unavoidable due to his conduct. The bottle of wine was not the overall issue but more Mr. Bascombe’s blatant display of disrespect to everyone around him. I was concerned for the safety of my staff and the comfort of the other patrons joining us that night. Mr. Bascombe’s almost violent disposition and irrational behavior seemed unwarranted for something which could have easily been resolved if he could have maintained some sort of civilized dialogue with me. However, it resulted in an exhibition of bad manners and insults that a manager in any establishment in this country should not ever have to experience and accept. It was a situation that even the most experienced of Supervisors would have found difficult if not impossible to deal with.

    Now to address some for the inconsistencies and out right lies noted in the Sunday Sun Newspaper.

    1. Mr. Bascombe’s wine was not opened before it arrived at his table. Pisces Restaurant is not in the business of mediocrity which is reflected our 30 something years of operation.

    2. In addition, The Nation was also incorrect by printing that no representative from the restaurant was present at the law courts when the magistrate raised the matter. I personally attended the hearing. Any knowledgeable person would know the magistrate does not drop charges without proper representation. It upsets me as these statements seek to reflect negatively on my character not to mention the Barbados justice system.

    I believe I sought the necessary mediation for a situation that had inexplicably got out of control. For the Nation Newspapers to print such allegations with out the proper investigations is irresponsible, seeing as I was not contacted at anytime on the matter, prior to the release of the article.

    The reports made in the Newspaper seek to portray the entire tourism industry of our country Barbados in a bad and unjust light. It reflects upon us as a backward, indifferent and unfriendly society, who seek to unlawfully ill-treat visitors who come to our shores, at our fancy. On the contrary, the success of our tourism market, as compared to some of our neighbors, has been built on the friendly nature and professionalism of our service persons. We must be cognizant that some visitors to our Island arrive with many misconceptions about our region. We must also be aware that the service we provide is one which demands a certain respect in return, the respect that is seemingly granted to our counter-parts, in other so termed more developed countries in the world. In no other part of the world, would the behavior exhibited by Mr. Bascombe been tolerated. Therefore, why should we accept it here and be made to cast our eyes to the floor in subservience. We must be ever watchful in what we accept as the norm as we open our doors to the Global Market. After the labors of our predecessors and the developments of 39 odd years, we should not aspire to become “a Nation of Foot Stools”.

    The Royal Barbados Police Force must be commended for their speedy arrival and the expeditious manor in which they dealt with the matter. They exercised extreme patience and tolerance in view of Mr. Bascombe’s insults and aggressive behavior. As an active member in the service industry and as a citizen of this country, it is reassuring to know that there is an unbiased mediator in the form of the police to whom we can call upon when the need arises.

    A Barbadian newspaper of The Nation’s standing choosing to print an article without the proper procedure of verifying ALL the facts is beyond believe. I know I speak for all at Pisces who have been embarrassed and hurt by these false allegations. A restaurant is not just about a few who manage it but the whole team who work and take pride in what they do. This article is so inflammatory and debilitating to the welfare of ALL Barbadians. I now wonder if what is reported in The Nation newspaper is factual or is it just another tabloid trying to sensationalize and sell more news, right or wrong?

    BY DWAYNE DOTTIN
    PISCES RESTAURANT MANAGER

  5. Rumplestilskin

    Unfortunate. But the writer above asks ” I now wonder if what is reported in The Nation newspaper is factual or is it just another tabloid trying to sensationalize and sell more news, right or wrong?”

    The Nation allegedly recently reported another incident which itself alleged that two persons committed acts reflecting racism, also without proper investigation of the facts. Certainly at the least without telling both sides of the story.

    It must just be coincidence that such errors result in a spin on the stories which would impact the sale of newspapers.

    Surely such an approach would not be intentional, even if only the result of amateurish, sad reporting rather than good journalism.