Several decades ago, Tom Kershaw visited Bermuda’s Hog Penny and was so inspired by it that he decided to open a similar establishment in Boston called the Bull & Finch Pub. In the early ‘80s the producers of a certain TV series were looking for a location for their set. They choose the Bull & Finch. The TV show? ‘Cheers’. The rest is history.
Established in 1957 and named after Bermuda’s hog money, this restaurant and pub is located right in the heart of Hamilton. If this was trendy London or New York it would be called a gastropub. It’s small and cosy and has a distinctly British atmosphere. In fact much of the furniture in the pub comes from old Watney’s pubs in England. Wood-panelled walls decorated with old farming implements, intimate nooks and crannies, and antique mirrors complete the effect.
For an appetiser you might like to try Garlic Sautéed Shrimp or Duck Liver Pate. Entrees include English pub favourites such as Shepherd’s Pie and Bangers and Mash, Indian curries, cuts of beef, and house specialities like Dark and Stormy Rockfish (pan-fried rockfish with a Gosling’s Black Seal rum and ginger beer sauce).
After dinner the Hog Penny becomes a lively pub (although anybody who wants just a drink is welcome at any time). The pub is a bit on the small side and can get extremely crowded with a mixture of locals, expats and tourists. Getting served at the bar appears to be a daunting task but is actually quicker than meets the eye. Beers on draft include local brews from the Dockyard Brewing Company plus imports like Boddington’s, Carlsberg, and Samuel Adams.
During the summer months there’s nightly entertainment almost every evening. Live music in 2013 is provided by Will Black. The Canadian singer plays from a repertoire of his own material and 500 popular rock songs. The pub also hosts music trivia and open mic nights.
The pub is open 7 days a week from 11.30 am until 1 am. Lunch is served between 11.30 am and 3 pm, and dinner from 5.30 pm to 10 pm. For details of what’s on and special offers visit the official Hog Penny Facebook page.
The Hog Penny is one of several establishments in Bermuda owned by the Island Restaurant Group. The others are the Barracuda Grill (upstairs from the Hog Penny), Pickled Onion, Victoria Grill, and the Frog & Onion (at Dockyard).
Cuisine: Indian, Pub Grub, Seafood, Steakhouse