Less rigidly formal than the Newport, and with a more spontaneous and less rigid staff, this is one of our all-time favorites for a special night in Bermuda. The service is alert, and the culinary repertoire is inventive -- doubly impressive given the large number of diners every evening.
About 300 years ago, merchant sailors unloaded their cargo directly into the basement of this historic inn and warehouse, now factoring among the many outbuildings associated with the Southampton Princess Resort. Over the years, it has attracted such guests as Mark Twain, James Thurber, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Eugene O'Neill. You can enjoy a drink in an upstairs bar, where a classical pianist entertains. After descending a staircase with a white balustrade, you'll be seated in one of three conservatively nautical dining rooms. Each is filled with captain's or Windsor chairs, oil paintings of old clipper ships, and lots of exposed wood. Menu items include well-prepared steaks and beef dishes, each of them grilled and served according to your wishes, along with tasty other dishes such as seared scallops wrapped in pancetta ham; oysters Rockefeller; Bermuda onion soup; and breast of duck roasted with maple syrup, lentils, and foie gras. In addition, many kinds of fresh fish can be grilled, broiled, or blackened, according to your request.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010