Situated within the Walsingham Nature Reserve, Tom Moore’s Tavern is one of Bermuda’s best fine dining restaurants. Indeed, it is one of only a handful of restaurants on the island to hold four AAA diamonds.
The restaurant occupies a beautiful waterside home that was built in 1652, just a few decades after the island was first colonised. The name comes from Thomas Moore, the famous Irish poet. Moore spent a few months in Bermuda in 1804 and stayed at the house, composing works while resting under the calabash tree here.
The menu is continental with a strong French influence and isn’t for those on budget. Appetizers such as mussels, calamari, and Carpaccio are priced at around $18. Main courses, average just under $40, and include roast quail, veal loin and sausage, and beef tenderloin. The wine list is large and has many extravagant options that only regulars such as Ross Perot and Michael Bloomberg can afford. Service is impeccable.
In recent years, like many restaurants on the island, Tom Moore’s no longer insists on jacket and tie for gentlemen. Smart elegant is now the dress code, although many of its older customers still like to dress traditionally.
The restaurant is situated on Walshingham Lane in Hamilton Parish, just off Harrington Sound Road, and close to the Crystal Caves. It’s around eight miles from Hamilton and four miles from St George. Rosewood Tucker’s Point and the Pink Beach Club are nearby so it’s a good choice for guests of these properties that wish to dine outside their hotel. It’s open every day for dinner only (lunch by request). Hours are 6.30 to 10 pm.
Tom Moore’s is also one of the island’s most popular venues for wedding receptions and other special events. It can accommodate 100 guests inside and 160 on the terrace.
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Tom Moore’s Tavern
7 Walsingham Lane