1609 Restaurant To Open At Hamilton Princess

May 12, 2014

On May 24th, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess will debut a new harbour-side bar and grill located on the hotel’s state-of-the-art marina – 1609 Bar & Restaurant.

Named to commemorate the year the survivors of the Sea Venture wreck became Bermuda’s first settlers, 1609 is situated in one of Bermuda’s most breathtaking locations and features uninterrupted Harbour views from every vantage point.

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The 2,500 square foot open air space is designed to offer a casual and social atmosphere featuring a menu that ranges from charcuterie and pizza to burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as a variety of seasonally inspired entrees.

A carefully crafted cocktail menu offers Bermuda classics such as the Rum Swizzle and Dark & Stormy, as well as island-inspired libations including Passion Fruit Mojito, 1609 Frozen Rum Punch, and White Peach and Tropical Red pitchers of sangria. 1609 has 125 seats, include 25 at the bar.

Serving lunch, dinner and cocktails, 1609 will be open seasonally from early spring through late fall hosting locals residents, hotel guests and boaters. The bar and grill will be an integral part of the new marina, providing a convenient location for boats to restock food and drink supplies or come off the water for a bite and a cocktail.

“We are delighted to unveil 1609 as part of the more than $90 million renovation of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess,” said George Terpilowski, managing director of Fairmont Bermuda. “We are confident that the stunning location, complemented by the menu and proximity to town will make 1609 a popular after work spot.”

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The menu features a wide array of items from king prawns and sashimi seafood salad to charcuterie plates and a selection of pizzas and Asian dishes. Main dishes include a snapper fillet with pickled fennel, garlic confit and preserved lemon; steak frites with a café butter, chimichurri sauce and arugula; and several pasta dishes. In addition, 1609 offers an assortment of burgers, sandwiches and salads, which also are served poolside.

The bar offers a wide selection of wines and Champagne, as well as a menu of signature cocktails such as The Shipwreck Shot of double barrel aged rum, blended exclusively for 1609, served over ice; the Bermuda Old Fashioned, featuring Gosling’s Family Reserve Rum, bourbon, peach bitters and orange peel; and the Gombey Bombay featuring Bombay Sapphire, fresh lemon elixir, and local Gombey Jam lengthened with club soda. Classic Bermuda and island-inspired cocktails are also served, as well as pitchers of favourites like sangria and hibiscus punch.

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To complement the dramatic waterfront location, the interior of 1609 reflects a marine atmosphere with clean, simple lines and a natural colour palette of sandy tan incorporating teak and Spanish cedar to create an island ambience. Instead of walls, the bottom half of the structure features a translucent glass railing with the top half covered or open with Bermuda push-out shutters.

At its elevated level with floor-to-ceiling openness, guests at 1609 have the feeling of floating on the water. Consisting of lounge and bar seating, as well as regular dining and high-top table seating, every patron is able to enjoy the panoramic seascape. Additional seating lines the dock adjacent to 1609 under square umbrellas.

The new venue will employ 30 colleagues, and will be open seasonally from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

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  1. Tough Love says:

    Can’t wait to eat there!

  2. Terry says:

    Well you must have lots of disposable income as it ain’t gonna be cheap.
    Try a local restaurant.
    Help support others not the Billionares.

    • Jim Jones says:


    • Memory says:

      Last I checked Hamilton Princess was owned by a Bermudian Family… Hmm… muppet.

    • MilkShake says:

      your comments are stupid. inane, disrespectful and WRONG. I have not seen the Greens name on any billionaires list AH

      • Alex says:

        Peter Green’s net worth circa 2005 was over £600m, over $1b with today’s exchange rates.

    • Toylike says:

      If you spent your time doing something productive rather than pi55ing people off on here, maybe you too Terry could afford to eat here.

    • IMCDN says:

      If it wasn’t for the Billionaires of Bermuda… Hamilton princess wouldnt be doing renovations and creating jobs… If it were not for the Billionaires of Bermuda, Most of the restaurants in Bermuda are owned by Restaurant groups.. that make people richer…..


  3. Bermyguy says:

    how many of the 30 jobs are goin to be filled by bermudians, now that is the question.

    • Apply says:

      All of them, if Bermudians actually apply for them and accept the salaries as offered.

  4. Smiths says:

    lets hope they hire some bartenders that aren’t afraid to go and get ice and wash dirty glasses.

    • Toylike says:

      Too true, princess bar staff are rude and tired. New blood please.

    • Time for a strike? says:

      After all, nobody asked Chris whether or not the new restaurant could open on time.

  5. Smart Gal says:

    Colleagues? Who wrote this piece? Just want to know who their 30 associates, partners, collaborators, confederates are?

  6. Awake says:

    Terry: Who are the “others”? You sound like a complete moron!

  7. JJ says:

    They should have named it 1834 in memory of the abolishment of slavery.

  8. Tony Brannon says:

    A brilliant new tourism product. It is absolutely stunning. This will be a big hit !

  9. Valirie Marcia Akinstall says:

    Point of clarification…is this the restaurant by the renown international chef Samuelsson, or, a completely different restaurant re-opening in the Hamilton Princess Hotel?

    Sounds very impressive, and I concur with Tony Brannon, may it become a big hit.

    London, England

    • PBanks says:

      Different, to my knowledge. Samuelsson’s scheduled to open a ‘pop-up’ facility over the summer but his restaurant won’t open until the following year.