the ArtCafe

artcafe with  sign shop from side

The ArtCafe is a small cafe, bnb guest house and art gallery where you can relax over local refreshments or buy crafts and souvenirs including Claire Frank's silk paintings and hand painted T-shirts. Claire has many Caribbean guide books that can be borrowed and a large archive of useful information about Barbuda that she has collected over 25 years. You can also buy maps, postcards and gifts.

the accommodation

We have one large comfortable double bedroom available to rent here at the ArtCafe. The room is offered on an affordable 'home-stay' basis with us, and is perfect for independent travellers wanting to meet local people and spend time in our village community. It includes wi-fi, cable tv and a diy breakfast, on a three night minimum stay, for up to two people sharing. We can provide other meals on request at the cafe and have a vehicle so can help with any tours, fishing or beach trips that you like at additional cost. It's listed on airbnb but if you wish to book direct with us you can, just This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

the food

artcafe evening with fire deer meat kebabs cooked

The ArtCafe does lunch and supper to order - call in or phone to see what we have available and book a meal with us. Our sample menu is here and more pictures and reviews are on our facebook page (button link top right) We serve fresh fish, lobster, deer meat (venison) local lamb and pork, guinea fowl and a good selection of vegetarian food. We only do food to order so please book first, you can bring your own drinks with you or try our selection of Barbuda cocktails and specialist Caribbean rums. Telephone (+1268) 460-0434 if you are already here or email us on the email button on this page (button link top right). We do gift certificates too, so you can buy someone a romantic meal as a present while they are here. Note - we don't work on Sundays we go to the beach.

the crafts

Silk painting is a technique similar to batik; hot wax is used to draw a picture and gold gutta adds to the final decoration. The pictures and cards are cut out and then mounted on quality card or matte board or framed by a local frame-maker in Antigua, who creates beautiful hand-made frames to suit each individual picture. All of Claire's work is original and her art is also sold online through her website and in Antigua through Harmony Hall.

old Barbuda stamps silks on line

shop view of garden shop shelves

the writing

Claire has been published with various articles about Barbuda and by Penguin in an anthology called “The Map of Me - True Tales of Mixed Heritage experience”. Claire's piece, “In the Middle of Nowhere” is told from the perspective of her daughter, and is the view of a young person growing up on Barbuda, having to leave the island after Hurricane Luis, and their experience of life in the English countryside. That anthology was a limited edition but you can still buy a copy of this and Claire's other Barbuda stories at lulu.com Claire has also contributed information about Barbuda to several guide books on the Caribbean region, in particular the Footprint, Rough Guide, Dorling Kindersley and Lonely Planet guides. She writes this website which is a well used international resource for people wanting information about Barbuda and we often host visiting travel writers. 

barbuda guides

We have a useful written Village and Beach guide to help you find your way round, or read the twelve page history of Barbuda in One Fat Sheep - a complete history of Barbuda to the present day. Order them in an email to this website and we will invoice you by paypal then send it to you as an attachment - they are US$10 each.

other Artcafe resources

The ArtCafe also has a beautiful beach campsite and loans equipment such as tents and cool boxes to people wishing to camp out for some or all of their stay. 

volunteering 

We have a small volunteering programme through Wwoof Caribbean for people looking to visit Barbuda and work here on short-term projects. Just e mail us above right on red button for more info.

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Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
Free the people and let them move in liberty
Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
So the struggle continue.
But while the struggle continue, I'm going to tell you.
We rastaman will set the world free...

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