Beyond the Beach in Bermuda

Take a look at the island’s celebrated food and drinks culture.
By Lola Méndez

From the sea to the nutrient-rich land, Bermuda serves incredible food prepared with locally harvested ingredients and seafood. This foodie paradise relies on seasonal bounty to serve memorable dishes that meld the flavor of the island’s historical influences to create a fusion of British, Portuguese, African, Caribbean, and Native American cuisines. Dine at beautiful establishments with breathtaking coastal views or pack a picnic of your favorite local treats and enjoy them on Bermuda’s iconic pink-sand beach.

Seafood Galore

A variety of seafood dishes to try while you’re in Bermuda include fish chowder infused with black rum and sherry peppers, codfish for breakfast, and freshly caught sea-to-table offerings. Spiny lobster (also known as rock lobster) is available from September to March and can be found at Wahoo’s Bistro, The Lobster Pot, Henry VIII, and other establishments around the island. You can never go wrong with the quintessential local delicacy of a fried fish sandwich served on raisin bread with all the fixings. You can even join the efforts to reduce the number of Lionfish in the ocean surrounding Bermuda, order the tasty fish at many restaurants around the island.

Vegans Rejoice

Bermuda is nicknamed “The Onion Patch” for good reason. The island grows an abundance of the culinary staple. Besides onions, there are plenty of wonderful farm-fresh vegetables in Bermuda. The produce rotates with the season including unique fruits such as loquats. In the winter, broccoli and pumpkin become available followed by Surinam cherries in the spring. Summer brings with it bay grapes and paw paw with guava, spinach, and turnips available in the fall. The perfect vegan lunch in Bermuda can be found at Devil’s Isle — order the Classic Harvest Bowl, with artisanal organic greens, sprouts, flax seeds and more, all over your choice of grains. Dig in!

Rum Cocktails

If you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage to sip at the beach, enjoy one or both of Bermuda’s signature cocktails, the Dark ‘n Stormy® or the Rum Swizzle. A Rum Swizzle is made with citrus juice, a blend of spices, and bitters. It’s the perfect refreshment after a day exploring the island. The Swizzle Inn claims to have invented the rum concoction if you’d like to sip it in its alleged birthplace. It’s popular to enjoy the cocktail here before bidding farewell to the island and catching your flight back home.

You’re probably familiar with the ginger beer and rum mixture of a Dark ‘n Stormy® but be aware that Bermudian rum is a bit darker and sweeter than Caribbean rum. Be sure to order Gosling’s traditional Black Seal with your cocktail—a Dark ‘n Stormy® legally has to be made with this specific Bermudian rum, especially while on the island.

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