Lemon Arbour

The parish of St. John in Barbados is home to many places of interest. Places like Codrington College,  a serene location which is home to the local theological college which serves a cross-section of denominations, at least five Anglican Churches, a fishing village by the name of Conset Bay and a popular picnic site known as Bath, just to name a few. More recently, with the death of The Hon David Thompson, it is likely that his burial site at The St. John's Parish Church will also become a place of interest in the future.


In this very parish on the east coast of the Barbados, there is a weekend gathering spot in an area called Lemon Arbor. Every weekend, from as early as they can possibly get there, persons from all classes, colours, walks of life and from every corner of the island, make their way to this spot to socialize and for refreshment. Many of them stay all day long well into the evening and night.


Its popularity continues to grow. Initially made famous for its pudding (steamed and seasoned sweet potato) and souse (a local Barbadian delicacy made from pickled pork, cucumber, breadfruit and lots of spices and seasonings) and other pork dishes, the owners of the Lemon Arbor liming spot have significantly expanded their menu items to capture the non-pork eaters. In addition then, one can get barbequed or fried chicken or grilled fish, grilled vegetables, macaroni pie to name a few. And the portions are spot on!!! Ask any of the regulars.


For the comfort of its patrons, there is a smoking and non-smoking section. As for drinks, you can order to your heart's content so long as you are willing to pay the price. Beer, rum, Twist (a branded sandy made by the local Banks Brewery), Coke, Sprite and most of the other soda like Frutee (a delightful red soft drink) are available here.


Do not miss and get there after one or two o'clock in the afternoon, because it is likely that you might leave with a very sad face and an empty stomach. Why? Both visitors and locals are fully aware of this venue the food is really tasty and it is in demand. So the question is, why not combine a Saturday ride into the country with a "lime" at Lemon Arbor, St John. If you are able to sit long enough, you will be sure to combine food, drink with gathering of local information on and general knowledge about Barbados. A visit to Barbados is not complete without a drive into the countryside, whether by car or bus.


For directions ask one of the locals at your hotel or the nearest hotel accommodation to where you are staying. Getting to Lemon Arbor is an adventure in itself, so ensure that you go with a group and write down the directions before leaving base point, befriend a local and go along with them or simply get a map, follow the signage that takes you to Orchid World, St. George or Four Roads, St. John and ask the way to Lemon Arbor from there.


When you get there and after you are fed and watered, start planning your trip to St. John for the following weekend.


Opening Hours

Tuesday - Wednesday    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday   11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday   11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday   10:00 am - 10:00 pm


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