The Cauliflower Hotel was established in 1838 and husband-and-wife team Justin and Pippi Drew bought the pub in 2014. They immediately got to work mapping out a fresh new concept.

Upstairs a former three-bedroom apartment has been transformed into a laid-back St Lucian rum-focused cocktail bar, The Forgotten Cask. For those whose idea of rum ends with coke, this cocktail bar wants to change that.

There is a Caribbean theme to the venue, from the palms and the grass roof, to the vintage posters of rum lining the walls. The cocktail bar extends into the lounge deck and out onto the tropical-inspired rooftop terrace.

All the cocktails are named after pirates. Signatures include The Captain AA, a twist on a Dark and Stormy with spiced rum, habanero chillies, lime and ginger. There’s also the Bonnie and Reed with Amaretto, macadamia nut, coconut water and lemon. Or just grab a coconut.

The food offering is a playful take on Central and South American dishes, but pub classics such as steak and chips and schnitzels are on the menu, too. There is a spicy jerk-chicken sambo; fajitas with ancho chilli con carne, guacamole and salsa criolla; and tacos with Southern American spices. On the weekend there are eggs with avocado, frijoles, adobo sauce and tortillas. And breakfast tacos with scrambled eggs and guacamole. The menu is available upstairs and downstairs.

Downstairs the vibe is completely different. It’s a themed rock bar with local, live music every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. And rumba nights.

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Updated: February 24th, 2017

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