Bermuda dining guide: dinner with a side of historic charm
By Andrea Milam on 2nd January, 2018
No trip to Bermuda would be complete without a sampling of authentic local cuisine, especially if it comes with a side of historic charm. A number of the island’s restaurants have been delighting customers for decades, if not centuries. Here’s three of the best restaurants that every foodie and history buff should visit.
Tom Moore’s Tavern
At Bermuda’s oldest eating house, you can enjoy an elegantly casual evening of fine dining in a centuries-old setting. Built in 1652 as a private residence for the Trott family, guests can still view the calabash tree on the tavern property that Irish poet Tom Moore, who stayed at the home in the early 1800s, made frequent reference to in his songs and poems. Enter Tom Moore’s Tavern and you’ve traveled back in time to the 17th century; the home’s original casement windows and unique dining room fireplace have been admired by the more than 3 million people who’ve wined and dined here over the centuries.
Tom Moore’s dinner menu pairs flawlessly with the restaurant’s refined historic setting. Enjoy a first course of traditional Bermuda fish chowder, whose flavors are enhanced with black rum and sherry pepper. The rack of lamb with a mustard crust is perfectly executed by Executive Chef Robert Nicolle and his team. Do not miss the special daily baked souffle; accompanied with one of Tom Moore’s special coffees – it’s the perfect way to end your sumptuous meal.
Visit: Walsingham Lane, Hamilton
Book: 441-293-8020 | www.tommoores.com
Fourways Inn & Restaurant
Originally built in the 1720s and later established as an inn and restaurant in 1974, Fourways has remained unchanged at heart despite extensive renovations. Nowadays, an old 18th century Bermuda fireplace, sturdy cedar beams, and original stone walls lend an alluring sense of character in a space that is steeped in tradition.
Enjoy a first class dining experience at Fourways Inn. Guests will be treated to unerring hospitality, lavish meals, and a Wine Spectator award-winning selection of reds and whites, all against the melodic background of the dining room pianist. Their iconic dinner classics include Fourways’ Escalope of Veal in a lemon and lime butter sauce, which has been a bestseller for more than 40 years. Desserts are always a must and Fourways does not disappoint. They have the lightest, mouthwatering soufflés that are offered in more than 10 delicious varieties.
Fourways is also widely recognized for their Sunday brunch, where international cuisines are accompanied by a generous helping of local flavor on buffet. Lastly, they recommend the Peg Leg Bar & Lounge, the most historical part of Fourways, as a lovely spot to retreat for post-dinner drinks.
Established in 1979, La Trattoria is one of Bermuda’s longest standing restaurants and a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Year after year, La Trattoria is recognized as best in Bermuda for their rustic, thin crust pizza and warm, kid-friendly environment, all at an extraordinarily affordable price.
Nestled in the heart of Hamilton, the red brick walls and rustic tile floors are warm and familiar, with an authentic Italian feel. La Trattoria boasts one of the island’s only wood burning ovens. The award-winning pizzas are made in true Neapolitan fashion— thin crusts and decorated with the freshest ingredients. Crowd pleasers are the Arugula Pizza, with a thin layer of tomato sauce and delicate slices of Parma ham, and the Margherita Pizza, with homegrown basil.