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Waterlot Inn

Defining Bermuda’s steakhouse experience for nearly 350 years, the historic Waterlot Inn remains Bermuda’s best. Nestled dockside on Jew's Bay, the Waterlot Inn offers breathtaking sunsets and proudly boasts both AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator Awards. Serving the finest steaks and seafood, this classic dining room regularly introduces new inspired dishes that include time-honored signature specialties while incorporating bold, new flavors. Fresh ingredients, unique preparation and first-class service, surrounded by warm furnishings are the hallmarks of The Waterlot Inn.


Mention the Waterlot Inn and the immediate response is a vision of exquisite gourmet food served in an old Bermuda home setting.  Indeed, so widespread is the reputation of the Fairmont organization’s showcase Bermuda restaurant that it is listed in the obscure, but vigorous ‘Guide Select Gastronomique’, whose author, Peter Brown, met Waterlot founder Claudia Darrell on his first visit to the island in 1937.

For three hundred years the Waterlot, located below the Fairmont Southampton on Middle Road at Jews Bay, was the ancestral home of the Darrell family.  Built in 1670, its cellars were for years used by seafarers for storage of cargo from the vessels moored just offshore.

The home was traditionally passed on to the eldest son of the Darrell family, but earlier this century Miss Claudia Darrell (1869-1949), a legendary Bermudian character, broke the all-male chain when she took possession of the family home.

For years Claudia served as postmistress of Southampton East, using for her office the old carriage house.  She inherited the job from her father, James Thomas Darrell who was a direct descendant of Bermuda’s first postmaster, James Perot, who issued the now famous and precious Perot stamps.

Claudia eventually converted her home into an inn redolent of an old English tavern.  “Come in and make yourself comfortable” was the cheery and sincere refrain given all visitors, among them Eleanor Roosevelt, Mark Twain, James Thurber and Eugene O’Neill. Furthermore, a US President and First Lady, as well as Olympian Gold Medalists, Ryder Cup golf and America's Cup sailing champions, alongside Oscar winning Hollywood actors and various other celebrities from the sports & entertainment world were spotted at the iconic restaurant.

“She runs the establishment much in the manner of one of her seafaring ancestors running his ship, issuing orders in short clipped sentences uttered in a peculiar sort of undertone which brings instant action from her assistants”, wrote Edith Lightbourn in the March 1941 edition of The Bermudian.  “As you might expect, the service at the Waterlot is speedy, civil and unobtrusive”.

Those same qualities permeate the Waterlot Inn today, though it is now owned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.

John Lance

Defining Bermuda’s steakhouse experience for nearly 350 years, the historic Waterlot Inn remains Bermuda’s best. Gracefully nestled dockside on Jew's Bay, the sophisticated restaurant offers breathtaking sunsets and proudly boasts both AAA Four Diamond and Wine Spectator Awards. Serving the finest steaks and chops, this classic dining room has introduced a newly updated and inspired menu that spans time-honored signature specialties and incorporates bold new flavors.

Sous Chef John Lance leads the team at The Waterlot Inn and The Dock and ensures that his team of chefs continues to serve Bermuda’s best steaks. Chef Lance joins us from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Canada where he oversaw various 4 Diamond rated restaurants, including banquets. He previously worked at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia and The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Canada, holds various culinary awards and certificates, and studied the Japanese language and culture for ten years.