By: Cassie Lewis & Nori Evoy
Fresh sea breezes and the soothing sounds of gentle waves. Oh, how they effortlessly fold onto the disguised crystals... Anguilla's powdery-fine sand. Nature performs for you, right before your eyes, as you dine just a few feet away. This is the setting for an Anguilla favorite, Roy’s Bayside Grill.
Roy's Bayside Grill on Sandy Ground
Many moons ago, Roy's Bayside Grill was tucked away on Crocus Bay. Home to the best fish & chips on the island, it was the most charming English pub. It was then known as Roy's Place, owned and operated by Roy himself.
Today, Roy's Bayside Grill maintains that laid-back, easy-going and welcoming English-pub vibe (complete with bar with TV and Heineken on tap!), with Roy's daughter, Claire and her husband, Patrick at the helm.
Roy's Bayside Grill
I still remember the first time we stepped foot inside the "new Roy's" way back in 2004.
We met up with our friend and favorite Anguilla real estate agent, Jackie Pascher to try, what she declared to be - the best fish & chips on the island.
"You won't be disappointed," Jackie promised.
Upon the first forkful of fresh, soft snapper enveloped in light, hot, crispy batter, we were smitten!
Roy's uses the freshest of snapper, the batter always light, never heavy, the whole dish served with fresh-cut chips and a side of tartar sauce.
With our eyes feasting on Sandy Ground's beauty and our mouths on true British fish and chips, we were in heaven!
Flash forward years later and Roy's famous fish & chips stand the test of time...
The Famous Fish & Chips
If fish & chips doesn't catch your fancy, Roy's has plenty of other mouthwatering mains on the lunch menu. The 8oz. Angus Beef Burger is often touted as one of Anguilla's best...
Roy's Angus Beef Burger
Served on a homemade sesame seed bun with lettuce, red onion and your choice of extra toppings including swiss, cheddar or mozzarella cheese, fried onions, mushrooms and bacon! The word "sumptuous" doesn't even begin to describe this delectable burger.
A number of lighter options, like lobster wraps, chicken wraps and even a vegan veggie burger populate the menu.
Chicken BLT Wrap
Richly enough, the menu is also stacked with many local Caribbean dishes, like chicken curry and sautéed local snapper. All reasonably priced and oh-so yummy!
Rounding out the irresistible mains is dessert...
Roy's Flourless Chocolate Cake
The homemade slice of flourless chocolate cake is one of our favorites. Pleasantly accompanied by a cold scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with warm chocolate sauce, it's almost too good to eat. We still have fond memories of that very first bite! How the flavors of the ice cream hugged those of the cake, oh my! An absolute must try when visiting Roy’s!
After lunch, it's time to grab a cocktail...
Or a cool Corona...
And head to the shimmery, fine sands that faithfully embrace blue beach chairs that eagerly line the outskirts of the restaurant. Shade is generously given from the sweet coconut leaf umbrellas. Tropical beach bar meets English-style pub at Roy's.
Once the sun starts lying low in the sky? Time to head home for a quick rinse-off before contemplating dinner. Don't be surprised if Roy's jumps to the top of your dinner list, too. With affordable and excellent food, consistently terrific service and so many tempting mains...
Outstanding Steak Kebabs
You just may find yourself back at Roy's for the second time in one day, this time soaking up the friendly night-time vibe. It's that good!
Directions: Roy's is located in Sandy Ground. Take the Sandy Ground round about and stay straight. The road will bend and then fork. Take the left fork. Roy's will be on your right. Use the map below for exact location.
Good for fish and chips, pub-style food and Sunday roasts.
Hours: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Closed Monday.