Video: Fairmont Hamilton Princess Details 1609

May 23, 2014

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess offered additional details about its 1609 restaurant ahead of its official May 24 opening, outlining its unbeatable views of Hamilton Harbour, price value for appetizers and entrees, and an interior design that focuses on clean, simple lines that promote a relaxed beach ambiance.

Named to commemorate the year the survivors of the Sea Venture wreck became Bermuda’s first settlers, 1609  features uninterrupted harbour views from every vantage point.

George Terpilowski, managing director for Fairmont in Bermuda :

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 will offer 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, including 25 at the bar.

1609 roof wetting

Serving lunch, dinner and cocktails, 1609 will be open seasonally from early spring through late fall, hosting local 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.”

1609 cocktail

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.

1609 Steak Frites

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.

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 ambiance. 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.

1609 outside

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 11.00am until 10.00pm.

1609 Charcuterie

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  1. Impressive says:

    Went by yesterday to view property. What an awesome job they have done. The vision of the developers coupled with the backing of the Green family has turned out to be a great balance. Well done to George Terpilowski and the Fairmont Chain as well for their continued involvement and support of our island

  2. Lick My Chicken says:

    very nice. i hope i can afford it.

  3. home.grown says:

    See that steak with the 8 French fries… 68$
    Fancy = small over priced

    Nice job thow

  4. home.grown says:

    Can I smoke weed on you terrace ?
    If not i think ill pass lol

  5. Sunny says:

    Awesome location, but , I think that with the calibre of the Chef, should have done much better on menu choices. ( and Im not a chef ).

  6. Juan de Bermudez says:

    Just back from lunch @ 1609! Superb construction, venue, atmosphere, staff and menu. Food was yummy and great overall experience – chillin and watchin the activity on the harbour. I’m local n I’ll be back! Great vision Green Family – thank you.