Restaurants come and go but those that survive 40 years usually do so because of consistently good food and attentive service. Founded in 1973, Bermuda’s Lobster Pot is no exception and has a renowned reputation for its lobster and other seafood dishes.
Unsurprisingly, the menu is dominated by seafood but amongst the appetisers Escargot ‘Lobster Pot’ is a worthy departure. The Famous Fish Chowder is consistently good and regularly wins the Fish Chowder award in The Bermudian magazine’s Best of Bermuda Awards.
Spiny Bermuda lobsters are available in season only (September 1 to March 31). Trying one should be on any visitor’s must-do list. The rest of the year, the restaurant flies Maine lobsters in twice a week. Fresh locally caught fish such as wahoo, tuna, hogfish, and snapper are also offered and can be cooked in a variety of styles.
Combination entrees are also popular. Try the Bermuda Triangle (a combination of shrimps, scallops and fish broiled or deep-fried and served with lemon butter) and the Seafood Lover’s Feast (½ Maine lobster, mussels, crab claws, clams and shell on shrimps, simmered in a saffron stock with vegetables). Stray carnivores can take refuge in offerings such as New Zealand Rack of Lamb or Chicken Breast ‘Forestiere’ (grilled chicken breast garnished with sauteed potatoes and mushrooms, glazed with a red wine sauce).
The interior décor is distinctly nautical. Fishing nets, buoys and other maritime mementoes adorn the walls of the Lobster Pot’s atmospheric dining room and bar. There’s a veranda for al fresco dining but the view of the street isn’t particularly inspiring. For views of Hamilton Harbour you’ll need to dine at one of the establishments on Front Street (Pickled Onion, Flanagan’s etc.).
You’ll find the Lobster Pot on Bermudiana Road in the centre of Hamilton. It’s pretty easy to find. Visitors arriving at Hamilton Ferry Terminal should turn left and walk around 50 yards. Bermudiana Road is on the left. Those arriving by bus at the Central Terminal should exit the station and turn right onto Church Street. Walk along Church Street until you can go no further and you’re then on Bermudiana Road.
The restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11.30 am until 4.30 pm. Dinner is served daily (from 4.30 pm on weekdays, 5.30 pm on Saturdays, and 6 pm on Sundays). Reservations are strongly recommended at most times of the year. In lobster season the restaurant is packed with locals keen to try the local delicacy. Shortly after that the cruise ship passengers and other tourists begin to arrive.
Map showing location of Lobster Pot.
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