Eat, drink and explore on new food tour
A new enterprise called Bermuda Food Tours has launched and is offering the opportunity to eat, drink and explore restaurants in Hamilton.
The three-hour walking food tour includes tastings at seven establishments in Hamilton. Stops include Devil’s Isle, Little Venice, Bulli Social, L’Oriental, Beluga Bar, La Trattoria, Flanagan’s, Hog Penny pub, Ruby Murrys, Milan Milan, and The Astwood Arms.
Guests on the small group tours can sample food and drink at all seven venues, while also learning about historical, cultural and architectural points of interest along the way.
Cheri Davenport and Heather Lamb are the team behind Bermuda Food Tours.
Ms Lamb is a local who has a background in hospitality, having worked in the hotel industry for many years. She said: “This food tour is for anybody who is seeking out a new and personal experience, because the tour sizes are so small, it’s an intimate setting. It’s great for corporate team building, family reunions, guest visiting for destination weddings, and locals love to eat and for people who haven’t been to the restaurants listed. We highlight diversity.”
Bermuda Food Tours are certified tourism ambassadors working with the Bermuda Tourism Authority, and the business prides itself in hiring local tour guides.
Mrs Davenport and her husband Mark are fractional owners of the Newstead Bellmont Hills Hotel. They bought into Newstead to have a place in Bermuda they could stay throughout the year.
Mrs Davenport is from Rochester, New York, and fell in love with the island the first time she visited.
She mentioned the idea for the food tours came to her during a visit to California. She said: “My husband and I were looking for things to do and stumbled upon a walking tour. We thought this would be a great business idea for Bermuda.”
She believes Bermuda has a challenge in showing people, especially tourists, that there are other restaurants besides Front Street and she wanted to highlight this through the food tour business.
“When I visited the island initially, I never knew there was anything off of Front Street. We wanted to do something that included food, taking people in many different walkways and seeing neat things and places to explore.”
The food tour agency launched last week. Mrs Davenport and Ms Lamb said the feedback has be great and everyone is enjoying the experience. They are currently marketing by word of mouth, social media and flyers in different locations and hotels.
The food tours accommodate dietary issues. The website offers booking options for those with food allergies or restrictions. All ticketing is done through the website, and each tour is limited to 12 guests.
Currently the tour dates are Thursdays to Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.
For booking and more information visit: http://www.bermudafoodtour.com. There is a Facebook page for Bermuda Food Tours and Instagram @BermudaFoodTours.