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British Virgin Islands Food and Drink

There is no shortage of excellent restaurants and inns serving local and international dishes. Most food is imported but local island specialities are often available. In addition to the hotels, eateries can be found on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke.

Specialities


• Seafood dishes, including lobster (the Anegada lobster is reputedly the best in the Caribbean), fish chowder, snapper, whelks, mussel pie, conch stew and shark.
Roti (flavourful East Indian flat bread, filled with meat or vegetables).
Paté (a dish baked or grilled, containing spiced meat, seafood or vegetables, stuffed into pita bread).
Fungi (not actually related to the mushroom but instead refers to a delicious mixture of cornmeal and okra, usually served with seafood and probably closest to Italian polenta in flavour and consistency).
• Delicious local fruits such as soursop, papaya, mango, pineapple, guava, sugar apple, passion fruit and tamarind.

Tipping

All hotels add a 10 to 12% service charge.

Drinking age

18.

Regional drinks


All kinds of rum punch and cocktails.
Local spirits include Pusser's Rum (originally produced for the Royal Navy's pursers).