Let me tell you how it all started.
I thought I was lost. I had followed the directions to a tee but had found only a long, graveled road flanked by tall sugar cane stalks on both sides. In the background, huge oil pumps were busy at work.
My instincts urged me to press forward. As I came closer, I noticed a lone building on the left surrounded by miniature palm trees. Had I finally found my “oasis in the desert”?
This made it even more alluring.
The resident dog and I stared each other down as I walked into the main building. There I discovered a beautifully, renovated World War II coral limestone structure sitting on 72 acres of agricultural land in the countryside of Barbados. This was not what I was expecting at Kendal Sporting.
The grounds were well-kept and as my eyes swept the area, I was thinking how perfect it would be for a wedding. Sure enough, that’s what Dave the Restaurant Manager confirmed as I settled down for lunch. Private functions, weddings, cocktail parties and holiday parties make this a very popular venue for Bajans and visitors. It is definitely something different in Barbados to do.
Some wildlife was observed in the nearby ponds, totally undisturbed by the occurrences. I’m sure they’re used to the noise.
The atmosphere was very relaxed at the Flying Rabbit Restaurant with its small pool and cascading waterfall. The food was really good and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients. The menu is varied with “specials of the day”. Even my little one enjoyed his fruity drink and Hawaiian pizza.
If you’re touring the island and you’re looking for a local place to eat with good food and good service, just stop by the Flying Rabbit Restaurant.
Kendal Sporting Country Club, or Kendal Sporting as they are otherwise known, is located in Carrington, St. Philip and features many sporting games like pistol and shotgun shooting, archery, paintball, table tennis, cricket, billiards and football. It’s also a great place to socialize with friends and one of the fun vacation things to do in Barbados.
Kendal Sporting sponsors three courses that are rotated throughout the year: The Introductory Pistol Course, the Personal Protection Course for firearm owners and the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Confederation) Black Badge course.
IPSC shooting offers a more diversified course of shooting than the traditional structured shooting courses. Matches are based on the principles of power, speed and accuracy.
But Kendal Sporting is not just for grown-ups. The Club also features several activities for kids during their Summer Days Events like paint ball, table tennis, road tennis, cricket, darts, an obstacle jump tent and water slide. All of the kids’ activities are free except paint ball. There is a US $5 entrance fee for non-member kids.
Kendal Sporting is closed on Mondays. Operating hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is also closed for a few weeks during the summer (2011 summer schedule: August 29-September 19).
The Restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Dinner is served on Friday nights only. Private functions are held on Saturday nights.
Every Thursday night Kendal Sporting offers specials on alcoholic mixed drinks.
Yearly membership is commonplace, but sports shooting packages are available for visitors. Admission fee is US $15 for non-members with US$10 redeemable at the bar and restaurant.
Transportation is available Tuesday through Thursday to visitors staying on the South Coast only.