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Henry VIII shouldn’t be as good as it is. It’s set walking distance from two Southampton resorts (the Fairmont and the Reefs), all but guaranteeing it clientele. Its menu is all over the place. And its “Ye Olde” Tudor styling, with portraits of former English kings, dark wood and brass finishings could have been heavy-handed. But somehow it all works, and works to such an extent that you’ll be competing for reservations with locals, who keep this place busy place year round (particularly at the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch). Why so popular? The service is kindly, the ambiance fun, and all the food is quite tasty, high quality, and not exorbitantly priced (well, by Bermuda standards). That goes for the pub grub  (burgers, fish & chips and the like), as well as such international dishes as rockfish almondine, rack of lamb or grilled ribeye steak. There’s also a small, Japanese-styled dining room where creative maki rolls are prepared by affable and talented Filipino chefs. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, the restaurant typically hosts live music.