Eating and drinking on Ascension
If your on Ascension more than 2-3days you are probably going to visit the lot in terms of eating and drinking so I will cover the lot in one tip.
Let me firstly deal with drinking (alcohol) as it is easier. All of the establishments covered below under the eating section can adequately provide for your alcohol needs – drinking hours are significantly longer than eating hours. Alcohol can also be purchased at Solomon's Georgetown supermarket and the NAAFI shop.(I understand Solomon's Two Boats store will be closing in June 2013)
You don’t come to Ascension for its Michelin starred restaurants, its sidewalk cafes, its Gelatissimos or any other gastronomic indulgences.
While you will not go hungry you do need to be aware that there are a limited number of food outlets on the island and that they have limited and indeed somewhat odd opening hours. Opening hours are prone to change so do check when you get to Ascension for current hours.
In terms of the places listed below, the Obsidian Hotel (for dinner – they don’t do lunch) is streaks ahead of the others and its offerings (limited choice menu which does change daily) are amazing given the isolation of the Island. As good a meal as you will get anywhere for the price. After (or indeed before and after) relax in the hotel’s Anchor Bar. The young chef here is great and regularly catches the fish for dinner himself.
I also recommend the Volcano Club on the US Base – in the style of an American diner food-wise (though not in looks) - for dinner – I had a great steak here and the pizzas looked good. Menu prices here look expensive until you remember they are in US$! Pounds are off-course accepted though change may come in US$.
Two Boats Club and the NAAFI Snack Bar are both fine for lunch – burger and chips, toasted sandwich level.
I didn’t get to try NAAFi’s or Saint’s Club’s evening offerings so cant comment on them.
There are references to the Tasty Tucker and a bakery in other older tips here on VT and elsewhere. Neither of these were open during my visit and by the look of both they seem not to have been open for some time.
So now the all important opening hours and who does what.
Obsidian Hotel only. Most room rates include a continental breakfast. A cooked breakfast can be ordered for GBP 5
Lunches / snacks during the day
Saints Club – Georgetown - Mon – Fri 10am – 12 noon and 11am- 2.30pm on Sat – be aware we are talking soup in a cup or sandwich of their choice at this hole in the wall (for morning offerings) establishment.
Two Boats Club Snack Bar – Two Boats - Mon – Sat 12noon – 2pm.
NAAFI (RAF) Snack Bar – Travellers Hill - Mon – Fri 9am – 11am, Sat and Sun 10am – 3pm
The Obsidian does lunch (sandwiches or similar) only on day of arrival of the RMS St Helena from St Helena.
Saints Club – Georgetown - Mon, Thur and Fri 4.30pm – 8.00pm
Obsidian Hotel - Georgetown - 7 days – 7pm to 8.30pm (bookings by 12noon time required)
Volcano Club – US Base - Tue – Thu 5pm – 9pm and Fri 4pm – 9pm
NAAFI (RAF) Snack Bar – Travellers Hill – 7 days 7pm – 10.15pm
Favorite Dish: Anything at the Obsidian
You have the Obsidian Hotel Restaurant, the area is the best decorated, but quite expensive. However this is the only place to go to if you enjoy fine restaurant dining.
You have all the clubs/bars that carry snack foods, and Two Boats serves lunches.
The NAAFI snackbar is very popular especially Sunday nights as it is the only place open for food.
You have the US Base snack bar, very popualr with off-base people. the snackbars are like our Fast food alternatives in a way.
You have the bakery and Tasty Tucker Cafe with wonderful inexpensive food, you have the village takeaway at Two Boats aswell.
Plus grocery shops
Finally you always have people doing cook-ups, either at the barracks patios, or on the beach at the beach huts, these usually contain either barbecue, curry/pilau or fresh fish
Favorite Dish: My two favourite places would be the NAAFI snack bar and Tasty Tuckers
These two plus the village take away are well worth your money