Over the past few years we’ve discovered many interesting stops on our way up to the Summer House. It’s a journey through the small towns of Grey/Bruce County and if you’re not in a hurry there are tons of wonderful places to eat, hills to roam, treasures to find.
Here are some of our family’s favourite places to replenish our bellies and the cottage cupboard:
Terra Nova Public House – Mulmur 20th Side Road
Food and service by the talented brother and sister team, Anna and Malcolm Muth. Set in a beautifully restored century old general store. The food is delicious and fresh, the atmosphere warm and welcoming. Our family, young and old, have had several celebratory lunches and dinners there, and have never been disappointed. The patio has an incredible view, while the inside decor has hints of the building’s past.Afterward, drive up 2 Line East and experience Ontario’s rolling hills; look behind you when you get to Side Road 25.
Flesherton holds several lovely shops. The Leslieville Cheese Market is great for stocking up on local cheeses, crackers and condiments. The Bakery next door is the place to stop for a strong coffee for the rest of your trip and homemade bread.And to compliment both, walk through the cheese market’s inside passage and find Peasemarch Farm. Beautifully prepared soups, sandwiches, quiches and pies, with gluten and dairy free options.
Take a side trip up West Back Line, just south of Markdale and you’ll discover a hidden gem, the Barrhead Pub and Grill. Dating back to 1856, this old mill has a wonderful dining room overlooking the river and a fireplace that makes you feel like you never want to leave. Great selection of microbeers and my girls love the wings and cheese bread. Nothing better than a good pint and a warm fire on your way to the Summer House.
Situated on Grey Road 18 and Highway 18, West of Chatsworth, is the Dutch Store and Gas bar. This is the place to go for all things Dutch. They have about 20 different licorices, windmill cookies and even clogs. Lots of beautiful chocolates and it is family run.
To finish off the food portion of the drive, you must stop at the Harvest Moon Bakery.Located on Highway 6 just north of Ferndale, it is much more than a bakery. You will be greeted by colourful buildings that seem to grow from the earth and house dragons. Inside, the tiny bakery is filled with organic, local treats that include pies, teas, pizza, sweet things and a treasure map for the sculpture walk. Take some time to explore the garden and walk past the giant mosquito, through dangerous (!) skeleton lairs, and frog habitats. Our family’s favourite is the pasties.Look out for great food and lovely people.