Royal Navy Dockyards
Last March, Don and I stayed in historic St. George's, Bermuda. We spent one day taking buses and a ferry to get to the historic Dockyards. From the ferry, we had a good view of the old clock towers and the lovely blue water.
Frog and Onion Pub
We entered the "Victualling Yard" which was once the heart of the naval operations. The large stone buildings once stored, prepared and packaged food and drink for naval fleets.
We spotted a sign for The Frog and Onion Pub, which was inside the Cooperage, where barrels were once made.
Beer and Cricket
I thought eating in an old Cooperage would be a dining adventure, but the place was empty on a Wednesday in March. We sat at the bar, which offered many traditional English beers and we wondered where everyone was.
The bartender and male servers were there, they were just quiet. They were glued to the TV screens, watching a match between India and Bangladesh. Occasionally they came to life with cheers, but we felt a little like we'd invaded an intense gathering.
The Cooperage Room
I wandered into the Cooperage Room with its giant fireplace, once used for working the iron hoops, which bound the barrels. The barrels were made to hold perishables, which were then salted and sealed inside. I loved the history of this building from 1831. I loved the stone walls and the flags...
... And Bottles
There was a lot to look at from bottles to drippy candles. I'm sure the pub is warm and welcoming at night, but it was lunchtime and we needed a day-dining-adventure. It was just too quiet and the servers were too distracted by TV.
The Dockyards Bistro and Pastry Shop
Just steps away, we found another option, this one with a walled in patio.
Hot Cross Bun With Codfish
It was 2 days before Good Friday, so I was able to order a food traditionally eaten on that day. The tall, rounded bun had to be squished a bit to get a mouth around it! The sandwich was yummy which was a relief, since codfish initially sounded scary.
I had my back to the wall, when I was startled by this sweet visitor. Don spotted the two horses and riders, before I heard a snort over my shoulder.
What a fun surprise to add to the dining memory!
The Frog Pub had offered no people encounters, so this was a nice change. We chatted with the women on horseback, who asked about the food. One laughed and said the horses wanted burgers.
After I finished my Hot Cross Fish Sandwich, I headed inside to the restroom. When I came out, Don had met a young couple with a baby. The man was from Spain and they were spending 3 years in Bermuda, since he was with the Oracle Team USA. Sailors and Horse Women! I was feeling inspired!
Horses and Boats
We love learning from the people we meet on our dining adventures.
I was suddenly ready to buy a horse or a sailboat! But spotting a boat named Elizabeth on the way to the ferry, was about as close as we got to either whim.We'll save the horses and sailing for next time.
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.