The Bruce Hotel, Stratford, Ontario
Set on 6 1/2 acres on the outskirts of Stratford, one of Ontario’s most beautiful and most intense food-loving cities, The Bruce Hotel is making its mark as a culinary destination as well as an elegant location from which to explore the region.
Stratford is the food hub for much of southwestern Ontario with its world-renowned Chefs School and all the attendant spin off suppliers that have chosen to make it their home. The Bruce’s owner, Jennifer Birmingham who named this CAA 4 Diamond hotel after her late father, recognized the potential and engaged Executive Chef Arron Carley. Arron describes his vision as ” looking forward into the undiscovered wilderness of our nation we will forge New Canadian Cuisine.”
Chef Carley is putting his stamp solidly on the cuisine of the region with a full-fledged charcuterie programme and a very solid exercise in cheese-making overseen by Pastry Chef, Gilad Rosenberg. Take time to sample the more casual lounge menu. In cooler months there a roasted mushroom soup topped with a spoonful of in-house made crème fraîche or the grilled flat iron steak, red wine onion jus, caramelized onions, and skinny fries.
Dinner is full on gastronomic heaven with its array of meaty mains and some beautiful seasonal vegetarian dishes like a winter squash tagliolini served forth with Ontario heartnuts, fresh cheese, sage and brown butter.
There’re good beers on tap and a very strong Ontario wine list which Chef Carley often showcases in his series of wine dinners. If you’re lucky enough to join them for breakfast, they bake all their own bread including the best English muffins I’ve ever tasted. Along with their crème fraîche, their yogurt and butter are made in house from Hewitt’s Dairy milk, one of Canada’s oldest family owned dairy processors.
Afternoon teas are centred around a beautifully-curated list pulled together by tea sommelier Regan Theil. There are perfect pastries that begin with savoury – 5 Brothers cheese & chive scones with Arron’s cultured butter; smoked trout on their Russian rye and the necessary cucumber sandwiches then proceed to an array of sweets…salted maple eclairs, sea buckthorn meringue tartlets, macarons…the list is long and luscious.
Contact The Bruce Hotel at the number below to reserve a Food Day Canada table.
Contactez The Bruce Hotel directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre Journée des terroirs réservation
The Bruce Hotel
89 Parkview Drive,