The Newly Renovated Tides Reopens to Rave Reviews
When you read the story behind The Tides Restaurant, you understand why it has become one of Barbados’ most highly acclaimed fine dining restaurants and why the owners never settle for anything less than perfection.
In 1988, Chef Guy Beasley, originally from Coventry UK, moved to Barbados, where he worked for the O’Haras, owners of Coral Reef Club and Sandpiper hotels. Tammie Mark was Food and Beverage Manager at Treasure Beach Hotel, which was where Guy and Tammie first met. The two moved to the UK to gain further experience in the restaurant and catering fields, eventually landing jobs with the infamous French Roux brothers, Michel and Albert. The Roux brothers, known for their exquisite French cuisine, are credited with having enhanced Britain’s gastronomic standing in the world.
Guy worked in the Michelin 3-star kitchen of Le Gavroche, while Tammie managed the brothers’ Gavvers Sloane Street restaurant in London. Three years later, the couple returned to Barbados where they got married and opened their first restaurant, Putters on the Green, at the famous 5-star Sandy Lane hotel.
The stars all came together for Guy and Tammie when Guy stumbled upon the ideal seaside location for their new restaurant – The Tides – while their dreams of starting a family were realised with the birth of two beautiful daughters, Morgan and Leah.
The Tides opened its doors in October 2000, quickly earning its reputation as one of the Caribbean’s leading restaurants. Constantly expanding to meet locals’ and visitors’ demands, the latest renovation was the most extensive and nothing short of a miracle. In just ten weeks, Genesis Contractors diligently completed what should have taken ten months, under the watchful eye of top architect, Michael Gomes. Gomes was insistent that the charm and elegance of the old Tides be maintained, while adding modern features like the spectacular giant Wedgwood chandeliers that hang from the high pavilion ceilings. Natalie Manning of Natz Interiors added the finishing touches with sleek furniture and accents that you would expect to see in world-class restaurants.
The new, stunning air-conditioned glass gazebo overlooking the sea is a hit, especially with the lunch crowd. The Tides now offers a popular two-course lunch special for BBD 72.00 and there is also a vegetarian and children’s menu. Owner Tammie Beasley commented, “The Tides reopened quietly last week, so that we could make sure that everything was running smoothly, and the patrons have been blown away by the décor of the new Tides! The comments and reviews have been phenomenal. We couldn’t be more excited for people to come and experience dining in this exquisite setting. Best of all, we have maintained all our food and beverage prices because we value our local customers. We’re committed to offering a quality dining experience at an attractive price.”
The Tides is proud of its team of seventy-five of the most highly skilled professionals in the industry, including Restaurant Manager Henry Sealy, Executive Chef Simon Tempro and new Chef James Lidsey (who brings sixteen years of experience in Michelin-starred restaurants and has worked under famous 3-star Chef Marco Pierre White). “I’ve always loved cooking. Now I feel a renewed zest to get to work and see what we’ve been able to achieve with the renovation, and we can’t wait for everyone to experience the new Tides Restaurant!” adds owner Guy Beasley.