The Elora Mill Country Inn, Elora, Ontario
Full disclosure…Elora is my village and I love the place. It’s defined by two rivers…the Grand and the Irvine which join at the base of a rock lookout we call Lovers’ Leap. These waterways run through a deep limestone gorge that is so inaccessible and at times treacherous that it was the hiding place for the Neutral First Nations during various native wars. Caves line the chasm and when the founder, Captain William Gilkison saw them back in 1832, he found them reminiscent of the Ellora caves near Bombay, India.
A limestone-built village, even the current Liquor Store (LCBO) was constructed of the quarried stone in 1865 as an Armoury/Drill Shed. Elora is in a blessed location, smack dab in the middle of some of the finest farm land in Ontario. Great farmers markets abound including a well-curated one in a park on Mill Street East. You can buy water buffalo cheese and meat; locally grown tree nuts and a fabulous array of seasonal produce and preserves. There’s even a Cordon Bleu trained baker. The Elora Gorge Park is the jewel in the Grand River Conservation Association’s crown….you can fish for brown trout or even tube the river.
Up till the 1970s, the Elora Mill Inn was an active gristmill and lumber company, operated by the Drimmie family, with pigeons populating the upper floors and feed trucks populating the street. It was renovated during the era where old mills all across the Province were being spiffed up. Mill Street became lined with upscale shops; artists and musicians moved in and stayed.
As hotels often go, the Inn fell on hard times until Pearle Hospitality, an Ontario-based, family-owned company, purchased it and poured literally millions into its restoration over a period of about 7 years. It’s a stunning re-creation of one of the engineering masterpieces of the 1800s.
Today the food at the Mill is exceptional. Executive Chef Moto Nishimura, is a veteran of the Pearle Hospitality team but our paths crossed when he was working at Auberge du Pommier in Toronto. He has a refined style which is so exciting for us in the village as he’s using our local ingredients in a fashion we’ve not seen before.
Pastry Chef, Marc Collyer arrived from a Michelin-starred manor house in the U.K where one writer enthused about his afternoon tea as ‘ exquisite towers of pleasure.’ Desserts have never been finer or more creative and he’s only just begun!
The Mill’s sommelier is equally qualified. Michael Anderson holds sommelier certifications from the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers and the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Between these two talented chefs and a world-class wine expert, the Elora Mill, once again is true destination dining.Food Day Canada 2019 - Elora Mill
Contact The Elora Mill at the number below to reserve a Food Day Canada table.
Contactez The Elora Mill directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre Journée des terroirs réservation.
Elora Mill Inn & Spa,
77 W Mill St,
Elora, ON N0B 1S0
Extra Photos by: Layne and Jonathan Grime