It is my sad duty as the King of Redonda to mark the passing of one of Antigua’s more colourful characters. Nicholas Montlake has died here in the UK
Nick was one of Antigua’s characters who involved himself in many aspects of the community and was well known for his piano playing skills.
One of his ventures was Playbach’s Bar opposite Falmouth Marina and home to the Royal Redondan Yacht Club of which Nick was a one time Commodore.
Nick was also knighted by the then King of Redonda, my predecessor Bob the Bald. Typical of Nick, he used his title of Sir Nicholas Montlake to get upgraded on flights between Antigua and the U.K.
Nick was also famed for his restaurant, HQ2, in the Officers’ Quarters in Nelson’s Dockyard which he sold before moving to the U.K..
Before Antigua and as a fluent French speaker, Nick had run bars and restaurants in alpine ski resorts where he was an avid skier.
Continuing the catering tradition, on his return to the U.K., Nick, with partner Erick Chobert, acquired a licence of the Queen’s public house in Selbourne near Alton, Hampshire.
In May this year Nick and Erick converted a barn at the pub into a deli restaurant, which rapidly became an outstanding success.
Nick was an Associate Member of the Tot Club in Antigua, a strong supporter of causes such as ABSAR (Antigua Barbuda Search &Rescue), the RNLI, Operation Smile, saving the dolphins and opposing dog fighting which still occurs in Antigua.
Nick will be missed by all those who knew him.
Michael the Grey