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Onions pub a success in US for island couple

Wednesday, April 13, 2016  
Posted by: Emily Owens
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Onions pub a success in US for island couple
By Raymond Hainey

A Bermudian couple have renovated a historic inn in the US and given its restaurant an island flavour.

Allan Powell and wife Kathy took over the Tilton Inn in New Hampshire three years ago and renamed the restaurant Onions Pub and Restaurant in honour of their home.

And the menus feature an island twist with Bermudian favourites like fish chowder, fish and chips and bangers and mash.

Mr Powell, who ran the Wharf Tavern in St George’s and later Freddie’s pub on the square, said: “Our story is we were offered a chance to own and resurrect this historic inn in Tilton, New Hampshire at a price we could not say no to.”

Ms Powell, who formerly worked for a reinsurance company, said: “We’ve grown and we’ve got a good local clientele.

“And there are a few people from Bermuda, or who have lived there, who have come by and enjoyed some of our food.”

She added: “It’s amazing how many people have been to Bermuda, whether it’s recently or years and years ago.

“It’s nice for people to be able to get a dark ‘n’ stormy or a rum swizzle without having to travel.”

Ms Powell said: “The food has a couple of Bermudian offerings and a bit of an English flavour to it.

“It includes some of the items Allan had in the Wharf restaurant which he brought here.”

The couple took over the inn, which dates back to 1875, six years ago and embarked on an ambitious plan to revamp it. Read more at

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