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Looking for a country pub....

With the nice weekend weather on the way, I'd love to drive out of the city and find a nice country pub....perhaps with brunch and a beer garden.

I've tried looking on-line, but have not been able to find anything.

Any suggestions/recommendations??


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  1. Try Glen Williams. The pub is, well, a pub. No outdoor area though. You can trek a bit further as well to The Forks of the Credit, with lots of interesting (though touristy) spots. It'll be much better now though then when the weather gets better.



    1. where are you hoping to drive? if you're thinking west, there's a couple decent places in Guelph. my old favourite was the Woolwich Arms, at the corner of Yarmouth and Woolwich downtown.

      Woolwich Arms
      176 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON N1H, CA

      1. The "Woolie" is Guelph is nice (great hand pumped ales) but isn't really a 'country' pub. Another one, a bit further afield, is the Mono Cliffs Inn in Mono Centre, Ontario (the Bruce Trail literally goes in front of the pub), which has great food (not sure about brunch) and a neat pub in the Cellar. I'm sure they have a web site. There may be a pub in the Hockley Valley somewhere.

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        1. re: WelcomeBack

          I second the Mono Cliffs Inn, it's terrific.

        2. You could try Mono Cliffs Inn. Go for a walk in the nearby Provincial Park before partaking in a pint.

          The pub is in the basement. The dining room is upstairs and they do have outdoor seating. I am not sure whether the patio would be open yet.


          1. I heard the Mono one was good as well, gonna check it out soon.
            As well, last summer when i was through Bellfountain i saw a nice looking pub with a great patio in Erin which is close by on it's main drag - in a big mansion similar to the wooley in Guelph... Otherwise there's some decent spots in Elora if you're willing to go that far.

            1. This is excellent....thanks for all of the great suggestions. Can't wait to try them out!!

              1. which direction are you heading? The Tin Mill in Uxbridge is on my list to try out. Here's a thread about it -

                Tin Mill
                53 Toronto St N, Uxbridge, ON L9P, CA

                1. A liitle farter afiel, but worth the beautiful drive would be the Shepherd's Pub in Elora (or the Elroa mill Inn which also has a nice pub overlooking the gorge).

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                  1. re: Finnegan

                    I realise this is almost a year after the original request but if someone comes across this in their own search it will be worthwhile because it needs to be said: under no circumstances go to the Shepherds Pub in Elora.
                    My family & I (two adults, three teenagers) spent a weekend in Elora for my birthday and the day we arrived we decided to stroll through the village and see what was on offer. We decided on the Shepherds Pub for dinner. Two of us had the fish and chips. The portions were huge but soggy over-battered fish and limp fries had us scraping off the batter to find what dinner we could in the huge plate of inedible food. I don't remember what the others had but I do remember that none of us had a decent meal.
                    What a waste of over $100 for a meal that didn't include alcohol.

                  2. The McCarty Pub in the Calendon Inn on Hwy. 10 just outside of the town of Caledon is my favourite spot whenever I'm up for a country day. (www.thecalendoninn.ca)

                    1. It's a bit north of Toronto, but you might enjoy Hogan's Inn in King City. Take the King City exit east from hwy 400 and travel a few blocks - it's on your right at the four corners. Fine dining, but also an excellent pub on the lower level with a very good menu.