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5 Bermudian Eats & Drinks You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

From a traditional chowder reimagined as crispy croquettes to handcrafted ice cream inspired by local rum cocktails, here are a few out-of-the-ordinary tastes to sample while you’re visiting Bermuda.

Fish Croquettes from Marcus restaurant in Bermuda

Fish croquettes from Marcus'

1 Alex & Pete’s Bermuda Artisan Ice Cream

Alex & Pete's Ice Cream in Bermuda

Alex & Pete's Bermuda Artisan Ice Cream

Alex & Pete’s handcrafted ice cream is known for Bermuda-inspired flavours like Rum Swizzle and St. George’s Black Rum & Ginger. They also produce fruity sorbets and seasonal specials like Rum Eggnog. Get your hands on this delicious treat at local restaurants and ice cream parlours, or pick up a pint at many Bermuda grocery stores.

2 Bermudian Fish Chowder Bites

Fish Croquettes from Marcus restaurant in Bermuda

Fish croquettes from Marcus'

If you know anything about Bermudian cuisine, you've probably tasted the island’s signature dish, fish chowder. But you might not realise that superstar chef Marcus Samuelsson has reimagined the soup as a tasty croquette at his restaurant, Marcus'. The fritters combine snapper, scallops, chorizo and spices that are ground up, formed into oblongs and then fried up crispy and brown. They're served with a rum-spiked aioli for an unusual, only-in-Bermuda treat. If you love them here, make them at home with this recipe.

3 Bermuda Pawpaw Casserole

Pawpaws – trees that bear a green-skinned, orange-fleshed fruit – grow wild all over Bermuda and are a staple of island cooking. Taste them in an iconic dish called pawpaw casserole, which features cheese, ground beef, Bermuda onion and tomatoes. The comforting chow is traditionally served on holidays like Easter and Boxing Day, or at any other event where family and friends gather. 

4 Bermuda Gombey Pepper Jams

Some like it hot, especially the folks behind Bermuda Gombey Pepper Jams (named for the island’s famously colourful Gombey dancers). The jams blend fruit, spices and chillis like jalapeños and Scotch bonnet peppers into sweet spreads with heat. The potions bring flair to foods like burgers or glazed salmon and also work with crackers and a hunk of Cotswold cheddar. Find them on the island at places like Common Ground Cafe and the Frog & Onion Pub.

5 Somers Amber Ale

People have been making rum in Bermuda for hundreds of years, but craft beer is a relatively new phenonmenon here. Sip Bermuda-made brew at Dockyard Brewing Co. at the Frog & Onion Pub, which lures locals and visitors with its refreshing, artisanal ales. Start with a pint of their flagship ale, a crisp and refreshing English bitter brew named for Bermuda’s founder, George Somers.