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Bagatelle Great House, Restaurant and Wine Bar and Lord Willoughbys Tavern officially openÇ
Web Posted - Mon Sep 12 2005
Pauls Enterprises Limited officially launched The Bagatelle Great House, Restau-rant and Wine Bar along with The Lord Willoughbys Tavern at the Bagatelle Great House property in St. Thomas recently.

Originally owned by the First Earl of Carlisle, The Proprietor of the Colony of Barbados and built in 1645, Bagatelle Great House is the third oldest Great House in Barbados.

The ownership of the property has changed several times over the years, not always being used as a residential property. Bagatelle fell into several different pairs of hands thereafter. Most recently it was used as a restaurant and during the seventies it was noted as the islanders premier eating establishment, enjoying the kind of acclaim worldwide that is now enjoyed by its close neighbour, Sandy Lane, whose estate borders the north west quarter of the property. Pauls Enter-prises Limited purchased Bagatelle a number of years ago and has subsequently bought the three acres to the north east of the property, making the total acreage on which it stands to just over five.

During the construction and clearing phases of the huge operation to renovate the existing building, listed with the Barbados National Trust, and build the new section that today includes The Lord Willoughbys Tavern, no expense was spared in order to re-create the splendour that is a Barbados Great House. Bagatelle is one of the finest examples of the Barbadian vernacular house style, with obvious Palladian influence. Utilising the unique character of this property, the company has created differing dining operations to offer a wide variety of clients.

The Bagatelle Restau-rant which opens its doors today at 6:30 p.m., is a restaurant stunningly located on three levels. The elevated area in the gallery is a supremely romantic location. The lower gallery seating area, adjacent to the pianist, indoor pool and fountain, is airy and atmospheric, whilst the fifty plus seats on the Mezzanine floor, overlooking the Koi ponds and bridged walk ways of the gardens has an outlook unrivalled in Barbados. The semi-private Camelot Room behind the piano area, is an elegant setting for a table of up to ten people, and once a week, will host a general managers table, in the style of a captains table on a cruise liner. The menu is in a modern European or new British style. The Bagatelle Restaurant is open Monday to Friday 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturdays 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. From October an exciting all-day Sunday brunch will be introduced. The Bagatelle Wine Bar is a cosy forty-seat area that boasts a cocktail wine list to die for and enthusiastic and knowledgeable bar staff. It will serve a range of cold snacks, salads and sandwiches to accompany any choice of wine, classic cocktail, local rum or bottle of Banks. This menu is available from 11 a.m. to 11p.m. and the Wine Bar is open the same hours into the night.

The Bagatelle Great House is set aside for family functions, social gatherings, business functions and product launches and the like. Whether its a wedding, seminar, regular meeting or that special select gathering, the Event and Business Develop-ment team can find the room and menu to suit your function and pocket. The larger of the three, The Richings Room seats 100 in theatre style or 60 in full seminar style. The Tryhane Room seats 40 or 20 in the same formats. The third room, The Private Dining Room is a private oasis, set with multi-media facilities, conference call facilities, private washroom and bar, and is a perfect board room, private party room and VIP area all rolled into one.

The Lord Willoughbys Tavern opened in Marchand has already been a huge success. As the name suggests, it is a tribute to the first Governor of Barbados and as such is decorated in the style of an English pub. Marketed to the younger local and visiting party-goers and modest pocket patrons with its conveniences, it encourages regular patronage tavern style.Ç

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