Cottage Cabin Fever. In Search of Restaurants From Lakefield to Bancroft (Hwy 28)
My cottage is near Apsley and I've had enough of being socked in due to the rain over the past 10 days. I need some fresh air and a change of scenery. We went to St. Veronus in Peterborough last Sunday, but it was nearly an hour's drive each way, so we won't likely do that again just for a meal. We tried The Hideaway in Coe Hill last night, which was okay, but not worthy of a return visit twice in one week. Now, our sights are set on Lakefield or Bancroft. I can set aside my pho, momo or dim-sum cravings for something a bit more local, but I'd still like something more interesting than a burger and fries. I've been cooking up a storm here at the cottage, but I'm ready for someone to cook something for me ... and do the dishes afterward!
We will probably be going out for dinner, since we are working during the weekdays and 2-hour lunch breaks are not reasonable. There are no restaurants in Apsley, aside from the Sandman Motor Inn's little lunch counter, which is pretty terrible. Can anyone recommend restaurants in Lakefield or Bancroft or along Hwy 28? In past years, we've never really had any desire to eat out, but we've spent an extraordinary amount of time at the cottage this year and much of it has been rainy and gloomy and cold. Help!
Best restaurant in the Kawarthas is the Riverhouse Co in Lakefield. Great food, great prices and great casual atmosphere!! The braised lamb shanks are terrifif. The scallops devine. All foods are fresh and made with local produce and even the ice creams are prepared in house. Just new but the chef is a food network chef who started her own place.
Unfortunately, we didn't get out to any more restaurants. I really wanted to go to Lakefield, but we were on a mission to eat our way through as much of our supplies as possible. The Riverhouse will be at the top of my list next spring when we open the cottage again. Thanks again for the suggestions. I wish we had a place like Riverhouse in Windsor, where I spend much of the rest of the year. The restaurant scene here is bleak, mostly.
A new cottaging season has begun. We finally tried Riverhouse Co and had a wonderful meal there. We shared a single, bread plate-sized ravioli filled with house-made ricotta. I wished I had ordered one for myself. Slow-smoked lamb shank with a hoisin 5-spice glaze was wonderful, as were the sides of grilled asparagus and smashed new potatoes. Service was friendly, yet professional.
We're on the hunt again and are looking for suggestions. Is there anything decent in Bancroft that makes it worth the drive?
We were recently in Peterborough and tried out Saigon Boys. Thumbs down for the bun, which was lame and very small. Their grilled pork salad rolls were fresh and tasty, though. The goat curry was large, but quite sweet. The owners are Chinese, but claim to have lived in Vietnam. I can't speak for the pho, but with no other diners in the restaurant, I didn't order it because I had visions of them defrosting a big block of broth and plopping in some noodles and frozen beef. I feared there would have been no fresh herb plate.
Has anyone been to Uncle George's in Woodview or The Swiss Bear on Hwy #28, just outside of the town of Apsley?
Well if there is anything decent in Bancroft let me know. Have been to the Chinese food place on the main street when craving an old fashioned fix. It's ok. sort of,.portions are huge. New place in Haliburton ??Aziz (mentioned on this board)
was very good. The Algonquin Cook House in Harcourt (outside of Wiberforce) has their old chef back and although I haven't been is suppose to be pretty good. Saturday night prime rib dinner seems quite busy.
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Check out Old Bridge Inn at Young's Point. http://www.theoldbridgeinn.com/
Riverhouse co. in lakefield (new - haven't tried it myself but have heard good things) http://www.riverhousecompany.com/
In Lakefield, for lunch: Nuttshell Next Door
Afternoon Tea in Lakefield: Devonshire Tea House - www.devonshireteahouse.ca
They're licensed so you can enjoy an English beer or glass of wine if tea is not your thing...
We have had little luck going up Bancroft way - except for the fish & chips in Bancroft (as you are leaving town, before the Tims...) Not bad at all!