This pub at Royal Naval Dockyard has a strange name but there’s actually some logic behind it. It’s named after two former owners; John-Paul Magnin from France (the Frog) and his Bermudian business partner Carol West (the Onion).
The Frog & Onion is huge and obviously didn’t begin life as a pub. The imposing setting is actually an old barrel-making building. We’d take an educated guess that it’s probably the largest pub in Bermuda. An enormous stone fireplace, which once functioned as a forge, is the centrepiece of the dining room. There’s also a bar, games room and souvenir shop. Out front there’s a pleasant covered patio interspersed with palm trees. Authentic naval artefacts give the pub a distinct sense of history.
The Dockyard Brewing Company is attached to the pub and is Bermuda’s only brewery. In fact its beers are one of the only products actually produced on the island (most things are imported). 5 ales are brewed here and are served at the Frog & Onion and a few other outlets around the island.
Pub favourites such as North Rock Cornish Pastie and St David’s Lager Fish & Chips more than satisfy visitors looking for ‘Olde English Fare’. House specialities include Fire Charred Yellowfin Tuna and Jumbly Seafood Pasta. Portions are large enough to prepare the most energetic for a day’s exploration of the Royal Naval Dockyard.
Had enough of the kids? Give them some quarters and let them while away their time in the games room. It has a good selection of arcade games and is one of the few places in Bermuda with a pool table.
The pub is open every day of the week. In the summer it’s open from 11.30 am until midnight. Lunch is served between 11.30 am and 5.30 pm, and dinner from 5.30 pm until 9.30 pm. Entertainment is provided nightly. For details of what’s on check the official website or Facebook page.
If you’re a cruise ship passenger you will have no difficulty finding it. After leaving your ship, head towards the mainland, turn right onto Maritime Lane and follow the signs for the Bermuda National Museum. The pub is directly opposite the entrance. Visitors coming from elsewhere can catch a bus or ferry. Bus 7 and bus 8 travel from Hamilton to Dockyard. Through the year there’s a ferry service from Hamilton to Dockyard. In the summer there’s also a ferry to Dockyard from St George.
Cuisine: British, Pub Grub
Map showing location of Frog & Onion Pub.
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