Will be making a visit to Cobourg (from Toronto) this weekend and I've read about the Matterhorn, Jail, Victoria Inn, and Oasis. Have I missed anything that's in town or along the way? (Will steer clear of the big apple after reading the reviews earlier this week!) I will be mostly on the waterfront but if there are suggestions for activities these will be greatly appreciated as well.
the oasis is way over rated. your meal will cost you too much for what you get....service is very slow, it is the place in town for those that think they are someone....best place to eat in town is the small place on king, north side of king, just easat of division street. greek place, can't recall the name...food is fantastic, great value for your money. Stay away from the buttermilk, not good at all...
Loved the Matterhorn. It was not open the Sunday night we got there so we stayed over the next day for lunch and I thought my DH might just go face down in the spatzle. Sunday night we found a pub around the corner, cannot remember the name. We had a great dinner starting with escargots and main of a seafood shepards pie, salad and dessert. It was all 10.50 Canadian. We definitely want to go back. It has been a few years and travelling with dogs through Canada back into the US is difficult. Coburg is a great little town.
LOVED the Matterhorn! Good thing my cholesterol is normal because of all the butter they must have used to grill the schnitzel! I'm not a fan of butter but it definitely was a case of using real ingredients, not too much pre-made or processed. Next time I'll have to go back for lunch...I've never understood why the same meal is cheaper mid-day. The room is old skule, as in themed and well, old, but it added to the atmosphere.
The Northside was...good, not spectacular, in a respectably competent, non offensive manner. The best tablecloth place in Cobourg, it would be an awesome neighborhood joint in Toronto.
Wandered into the Cat and Fiddle pub. After grilling the waitress there and seeing the more mod place next door empty, took a seat in the red velvet banquet and had quite decent pub fare. Excellent fries with my cornish pastie, and a separate pat of butter (a theme I think...) for the peas. The room is clean and has been tricked out in british pub style at just the right amount so you 'get' the flavour but it doesn't punch you in the face.
The service everywhere in town was excellent -- people were friendly and treated you like you are keeping them working. Beats most places I've been to here in Toronto where they either treat you with careless indifference or fake saccarine bonhommie and not much in between.
One for small town Ontario!
We went to Cobourg a few weeks ago and on the main street I asked a few passerbys and they recommended a yellow fronted cafe, cant remember exactly name butter..cafe (buttermilk cafe^), near and opposite Victoria Hall,and we were not keen as we wanted a good meal but gave it a try and had a wonderful dinner both having different fish (mine was meltinyourmouth salmon with crusty pecan coating)very well prepared and veggies included corn on cobetc and was reasonable in price and generous portions-it included a tasty greek salad starter. I would certainly be a return customer when back in the area.
Agreed Oasis is the best place in downtown Cobourg. Oysters supplied by Rodney. Never understood the big deal about Matterhorn.
For breakfast, Dutch Oven Bakery & Coffee Shop is nice. Not necessarily spectac, but nice.
For pub food, I like Beamish House in neighbouring Port Hope. They have a white tablecloth restaurant in the front and a pub in the back. Makes for a nice, two-part evening. Haven't eaten there for quite a while, so I'm hoping it's still good.
My favourite greasy spoon in Southern Ontario is nearby as well. Rhino's in Bewdley has all the necessary spoon food, good breakfasts, friendly service, and a view of Rice Lake.
Victoria Inn is very romantic, BTW. If the weather warms up, book the patio for sunset. It is just beautiful.