On a snowy April 4th, 1974, plans for the renovation of 15 Bow Street were laid down. Shortly thereafter, construction of the Dolphin Striker and then-unnamed tavern began. During the excavation of the cellar, a spring-fed well was uncovered, which local historians verified as the Spring Hill Well, circa 1761. This prompted the naming of the tavern and a search into the fascinating history of Ceres Street.
Set in a historic building at the corner of Ceres and Bow streets, adjacent to the Portsmouth Harbor, the Dolphin Striker is a gem in Portsmouth’s Dining Scene. The thoughtfully crafted menu, drawn from cuisine worldwide and tailored to New England tastes, looks to celebrate the region’s freshest bounty. With its curbside appeal and great location nestled amongst Portsmouth’s galleries and boutiques, the Dolphin Striker is a ‘must-see’ when in Portsmouth.
Here the first market was established, and in 1761 the tavern erected a building called The Market. The women from the Maine side of the River came in small canoes with farm produce to sell or barter. Their leader was Hannah Mariner, one of the Market’s most formidable characters.
In 1630, the first settlers sailed up the Piscataqua and anchored in the cove where the tugboats are new berthed. They came ashore and climbed a small strawberry-covered hill to find springs of water, one of which now feeds the Spring Hill Tavern Well. This area, at the junction of Bow and Ceres Streets, soon became known as Spring Hill.