Tom Moore's Tavern
We attended a friends 40th on Saturday, and a fantastic night it was too, at a little restaurant I had heard much about, but never been. Tom Moore's Tavern
is Bermuda's oldest restaurant, originally built in 1652 as a private home. In 1804 the Irish poet Thomas Moore
visited and stayed for a year and wrote some of his most famous verses.
In one he referred to a calabash tree that still stands near the tavern apparently, I didn't go out to look. Tom Moore's started serving food in 1900 and it is said that Prince Charles lunched here in 1970. The current owners are Italian, although there is only a small hint of their provenance on the menu, but Bologna-born Bruno Fiocca was a fabulous host.
Set amongst cedar trees and tucked up the end of a narrow drive Tom Moore's was excellent, and a perfect place for a celebration and also to appreciate Bermuda's history. The quality of the food easily distinguished itself amongst the island's rather mediocre restaurants.