Few restaurateurs have had such an impact on the Canadian hospitality industry as Bill Bennett and Mary Beaton. Bill is an architect with a passion for old Ontario structures and between them they completed the first renovation of The Millcroft Inn in the small mill town of Alton on the Credit River. The renovation was so fine that he won a National Award of Honour for Heritage Preservation. While they were operating the inn as a Relais et Chateaux (one of the Canadian charter members of that prestigious organization) they were on a country drive and found a mansion in the middle of a Waterloo County forest. It was in massive disrepair but still clung to the grandeur of the past.
Built in 1902 by Langdon Wilks, the son of an English man who inherited American wealth, the grand home was intended as a summertime contrast to life in New York, London, and a château in the Loire valley. Thanks to the hard work and courage of the Bennett/Beaton team, Langdon Hall has finally achieved what we can easily call its “glory days”.
Dr.Leslie Laking, the former director of the Royal Botanical Gardens came out of retirement to design the magnificent, now mature, gardens. You’ll often find Chef Jonathan Gushue in the one that’s tucked behind a high field stone wall. He harvests his garden and also forages in the Carolinian forest that surrounds the hotel. A brilliant chef who cooks with both his head and his heart, Chef Gushue has propelled his team and his kitchen onto the world stage as a recipient of one of World’s 100 Best Restaurants 2010. It’s a huge honour from what some call “the most recognized international ranking system for restaurants,’.
A Gushue menu will sing of the seasons and a deeply rooted sense of place – venison loin served with the wild leeks he picked that day or Mulmer Vista lamb sirloin with Jerusalem artichokes from the garden. It’s a Five Star all-Canadian experience! The recent tasting menu that I was privileged to enjoy was one of the most intelligent meals of my life.
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa is one of about 250 restaurants that celebrate Food Day across Canada. Contact them at the number below to reserve a table.
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa est l’un des 250 restaurants à travers tout le Canada qui participent au Journée des terroirs . Contactez Langdon Hall directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votre réservation.
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel and Spa
1 Langdon Drive
Cambridge, ON N3H 4R8
T: 519 740 2100