If you are on Ascension Island more than 2-3 days you are probably going to partake of all the available options in terms of eating and drinking so I will cover the lot in one review.
Let me firstly deal with drinking (alcohol) as it is easier. All of the establishments covered below under the eating section can adequately meet your alcohol needs as long as they are not to sophisticated with drinking hours significantly longer than eating hours. Alcohol can also be purchased at Solomon’s Georgetown supermarket and the NAAFI shop. I believe the Solomon’s Two Boats store closed just after my visit in 2013 and no, I did not drink it dry!
You don’t come to Ascension Island 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 – Sunset Bistro (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 (pictured above) on the US Military Base – in the style of an American diner food-wise – 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$ while the rest of the island operates on pounds sterling. Pounds are off-course accepted though change may come in US$.
Two Boats Club (first picture) and the NAAFI Snack Bar (below) are both fine for lunch – burger and chips, toasted sandwich level. The Saint’s Club (below) in town offers very basic lunch options.
I didn’t get to try the NAAFI’s or Saint’s Club’s evening offerings so can’t comment on them.
I have seen references to the Tasty Tucker and a bakery in other online reviews. 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 (as in 2013) 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