In keeping with the upcoming DFW Restaurant Week(s), which officially begins Monday, I’m continuing my Bermuda trip report series with a pair of restaurant reviews. As we were planning to spend all day off the ship during our three days in port, we’d need to find someplace to grab lunch each day. We’d researched the Frog & Onion Pub ahead of time and decided to go there on Sunday during our day in the Dockyard, but hadn’t really looked in to places to go while we’d be in St. George’s and Hamilton. After walking back to St. George’s Town from our visit to Alexandra Battery and Fort St. Catherine, we happened upon the White Horse Pub right on the harbor. That looked good to us – especially considering our feet needed a rest and we didn’t want to walk around anymore to look for something else.
White Horse Pub & Restaurant
- 8 King’s Square, St. George’s, Bermuda
- Hours – Monday-Thursday 10 A.M.-10 P.M. (nightclub open until 3 A.M.); Friday-Saturday 10 A.M.-10 P.M.; Sunday 9 A.M.-10 P.M.
- Price – $25-35 per person, no alcohol; 15% gratuity automatically included
- Directions – on St. George’s harbor, just before the bridge to Ordnance Island, and across from the Old Town Hall. If coming on the ferry from Hamilton or Dockyard, walk down Water Street towards town, turn right at the end of the street, and the restaurant will be on your right.
Website – http://www.whitehorsebermuda.com
The White Horse, like pretty much every other place in St. George’s, has a long history. The building the pub is located in dates to the mid-1700s, and a restaurant has been located here since 1930, when it was known as the White Horse Tavern. The current iteration has been open since 2006, as the White Horse Pub & Restaurant.
The White Horse doesn’t look like much from the outside, but much like the Frog & Onion, has a distinct British Pub feel on the inside (the photos you see are of the original building, constructed in the mid-18th century; the bar was added on later).
Both inside and outside seating is available. Although it would have been nice to sit out on the patio and enjoy the harbor view while eating, there was a wait for an outside table, but we could be seated inside immediately. We were really hungry, so we took a table inside. The White Horse has a highly varied menu, including traditional British pub food like fish ‘n chips and chicken strips, fresh seafood, and even pizza and pasta. Normally, this isn’t something I take as a good sign; restaurants that serve everything tend to not be very good at anything in particular. Anyway, both the wife and I started off with one of our favorite soups, french onion.
We’d been enduring the subpar ship’s version for a few days, and this one was much, much better. This version had a nice, gooey, nicely browned crust of cheese up top, with enough beef stock to give the soup a good consistency without being overpowered by beef flavor. Done incorrectly, french onion soup can be too thin, but this was just right. My wife also ordered the calamari.
I’m not a big fan of calamari in general – too rubbery for me – but I tried a couple. These were pretty good, nicely fried without being too oily, and just a little bit of kick, I presume from a touch of pepper in the batter. My wife polished off the whole plate. For lunch, we decided on the chicken fingers with honey mustard dipping sauce.
The chicken fingers were good, not quite great. They weren’t excessively greasy, which is good, but I prefer crispier chicken fingers. The honey mustard sauce was tasty. The fries were excellent, crisp but not greasy. Overall a good meal, better than I expected given the Heinz 57 menu.
Service was a bit slow. There were only a couple of inside tables occupied when we arrived, though the outdoor patio was full. I overheard a couple of other guests trying to hurry things along with the waiter; apparently they were on a cruise ship tour and didn’t have much time to get back to the bus. Of course, since we were touring on our own, we were in no real hurry, and in any event, we were still out in a little under an hour. Just be aware, if you’re on a guided tour and only have 45 minutes for lunch, it might get a little tight.
I wasn’t in the mood for alcohol, but the White Horse has an extensive drink menu, including traditional Bermudian favorites like a dark ‘n stormy or a rum swizzle (though unlike the Frog & Onion, the White Horse doesn’t offer microbrews). And just like most other restaurants in Bermuda that cater to tourists, if you order a mega-sized drink, you get to keep the glass for free. The White Horse also advertises live entertainment nightly, along with a nightclub open from 10 P.M.-3 A.M. Monday through Thursday. Be aware, though, that if you’re visiting on a cruise ship, there’s no easy way to get back from St. George’s to Dockyard or vice versa at that time of night, since neither the buses nor the ferries run after about 8 P.M. Unless you’re on one of the smaller ships that docks at St. George’s, you’ll need to spend the night close by to enjoy the nightlife, or arrange for an expensive cab ride back to Dockyard.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars. Better than I expected, and a reasonable choice if you’re in St. George’s. Would I come all the way out here just to eat here, probably not.