In the Age of Discovery, tobacco was king and indentured servants from Britain were amongst the first to toil the fields of Barbados but they soon fell victim to tropical diseases. When the bottom fell out of the tobacco market, sugar took over and a new source of labour was found – African slaves. From our archives: expert input of historian, Leroy Harewood, and Lt. Col. Stephen Cave, a descendant of a plantation family. In this feature we explore the interior of Barbados and its capital, Bridgetown, to discover the island’s early history. For more information: visit www.ontopoftheworld.net and check out episode #154 in the International category. View Video
When you imagine a wedding in paradise, what springs to mind? Sandy beaches, swaying palm trees, a warm breeze and delicious, fresh food? That's Barbados, and it's easier to plan a wedding there than you might think. Whether you'd like a ceremony by the beach, on a private Catamaran, surrounded by lush plant life or deep in an underground cave, there are lots of venues in Barbados that deliver.
The Warren family are excited to be making our annual trans atlantic voyage to London for the UK Rumfest which takes place at the London Excel Centre in the Docklands on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October. As usual we will also have a barrel of St Nicholas Abbey rum with us all the way from sunny Barbados.
Yesterday, staff of the legendary Sandy Lane Hotel paid a trip to St Nicholas Abbey and were looked after by Heather.
Heather says "We had a visit from some of the Sandy Lane Staff yesterday. They were out for the day
touring various attractions in Barbados and we thank them for including St Nicholas Abbey in their itinerary.
I enjoyed showing them around and extended an invitation for them to return, especially when we start our grinding of the sugar cane.'
Recently a panel of spirits experts visited St Nicholas Abbey to learn more about Authentic Caribbean Rum and we were very pleased to receive positive and favourable feedback from these experts.
Today we hosted Mark and Alex Ayling at the abbey who won a six month round the world competition with www.mydestination.com and chose Barbados as one of their countries.
Simon Warren, son of Larry Warren, the owner of St Nicholas Abbey, was recently married on Saturday 13th April at St James Church followed by a reception, dinner and dancing at St Nicholas Abbey for 180 guests who had travelled as far afield as England, Canada, Switzerland, Middle East, USA to help with the celebrations. Copious amounts of St Nicholas Abbey Rum were enjoyed! Congratulations to Simon and Camilla!
We are pleased to announce that St Nicholas Abbey recently won two awards at The Golden Rum Barrell Awards in London, England.
Save the date for Christmas Carols by Candlelight to be held at St Nicholas Abbey on Sunday 23rd December
Please save the date of Sunday 23rd December for Christmas Carols by Candlelight to be held at St Nicholas Abbey with the Barbados Police Band performing. A lovely festive event for all the family. Further details and ticket information will be released in due course.
Please be advised that St Nicholas Abbey will be closed for christmas from 24 - 26 December.
We wll be closing at 2pm on 31 Dec and closed on 1 January.
We will be open as usual from 2nd January.
Please note we will also be closed on Friday 29 March for easter.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
We are pleased to announce the 2013 dates for our popular St Nicholas Abbey Moonlit Dinners. They will be taking place this year on Saturday 26 January, Saturday 23 February, Saturday 23 March and Saturday 27 April. Further details regarding tickets will be announced in due course. We do hope you can join us.
We are pleased to announce that St Nicholas Abbey has been nominated for two awards at The UK Rumfest Golden Barrell Rum Awards. We have been nominated for Distillery of the Year and Larry has been nominated for Master Distiller of the Year. Larry, Anna, Simon and Camilla will be present at the awards dinner in London, England. We are delighted to have been nominated for the awards and have our fingers crossed!!!
St Nicholas Abbey inscribes and hand delivers bottle of rum to the racehorse St Nicholas Abbey at The Derby, Epsom, England. June 2012
Simon Warren from St Nicholas Abbey and his girlfriend Camilla were present at The Derby at Epsom on Saturday 2nd June to witness St Nicholas Abbey, the thoroughbred racehorse, triumph in his second consecutive Coronation Cup.
In his first Breeders' Cup, Joseph O'Brien became the youngest rider to win the prestigious race on St. Nicholas Abbey; the horse named in honour of Barbados' oldest Jacobean plantation home.
Simon and Camilla meet Rihanna at her Loud Tour in Canada!
St Nicholas Abbey (13 April 2007 foaled) is a thoroughbred racehorse trained by Aidan O'Brien. He won Beresford Stakes and Racing Post Trophy in his two year old career, making him Europe's champion two year old. He started a short-priced favourite in the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, but only finished sixth in what would be his only three year old start. Returning as a four year old in 2011, he was surprisingly beaten in the Alleged Stakes, but showed he retained his high class when easily winning the Ormonde Stakes and followed up by winning the Coronation Cup from Midday.
St. Nicholas Abbey will be featured on Morning Barbados on local channel CBC Channel 8 on Wednesday, 28 July at 6.45am
Overseas viewers can watch online at: Jump Today!
St. Nicholas Abbey is now on Facebook!