Hog Penny Bermuda
Great Bermudan & British Cuisine
$$, Pub with British & Bermudian cuisine
Just a few steps off the Front Street in the City of Hamilton, the Hog Penny is a great old-fashioned pub & restaurant serving British and Bermudian food. This is one of the oldest pubs in the island opened in 1957. In fact they claim that it is the oldest licensed establishment of Hamilton City and has been the original source of inspiration for the Cheers Pub in Boston, USA.
With its dark wood finishing in British decor, bentwood chairs, and antique mirrors, Hog Penny offers a nostalgic feeling of London Pubs. There's live music and DJs most nights (starting at 10pm) in summer and less frequently in winter.
Some of the popular dishes at Hog Penny (and our favorites as well) include the Fish Chowder with a shot of Goslings Black Rum, mussels steamed in a broth of leeks, shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, white wine and cream. I would certainly not miss out on the dark Samuel Smith beer or the British ale from the tap.
But our absolute favorite here is the authentic Indian Masala Chicken prepared with lots of fresh Indian herbs and served with vegetables and Mango chutney. Masala means 'spice' in Indian and they offer a few authentic Indian curry dishes here as well.
If you are planning for lunch in Hog Penny, a great choice can be the pub specials including Yorkshire pudding, shepherd's pie or tuna salad. Chicken and lamb preparations are very nice.
Fish & Chips and steak-and-kidney pie are some of the all-time favorites here. You can also choose from an impressive burger selection.
There is no lunch served on Sundays. Dinner menu at Hog Penny Bermuda is more elaborate. We would typically go for a whole lobster, a fresh fish of the day like Bermuda yellow-fin tuna, and excellent Angus beef prepared really well.
If you are strictly looking for seafood dinner, Barracuda Grill
, a restaurant upstairs in the same building, in my view is a better choice. Hog Penny is essentially a pub and is one of the best in the island in its own category.
With its cheerful and lively environment, we have always found Hog Penny bustling with people and the service quite good despite being very busy. There's nightly entertainment from 9:30pm to 1am.
Soups & Salads: $8 to $12, Appetizers: $12 to $16, Main Courses: $24 to $35.
Indian curry dishes range from $20 to $22.
They accept credit cards. Reservation is recommended.
Update January 2013: Fresh draft beer locally brewed by the Dockyard Brewing Company is now available at Hog Penny. You won't have to go all the way to the Frog & Onion Pub in the dockyard to get the freshly brewed local beer. They are now available in Hamilton both in Hog Penny and Pickled Onion. Several different types of beers are served.
Lunch daily 11:30am - 3pm
Dinner daily 5:30pm - 10pm
Pub daily 11:30am - 1am
Location and Contact
5 Burnaby Hill, city of Hamilton, Pembroke Parish. Phone: 441/292-2534
Bus route: #1, 2, 10, 11. Walking distance from Hamilton ferry.
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Visitors' Reviews & Comments
David Sementilli (September 2013)
I traveled to Bermuda in 1964, as a young teenager, with my parents. Travel to the island was with BOAC (now British Airways) aboard their Super VC 10. One of my fondest memories of the trip was the great food at the Hog Penny Pub. I'm glad to learn that it is still doing well after so many years.