Experience Local Cuisine in PEC with Countylicious this November 🍽
Countylicious is back and bigger than ever! We’re excited to see this beloved County tradition return for another fall season. Featuring 15 Prince Edward County restaurants you know, love, and have been dying to try, Countylicious is an opportunity to get out and dine local with special prix fixe menus at great prices.
This year, Countylicious features both lunch and dinner menus at two price points reflecting the range of dining options available in The County. Diners can enjoy $20 or $30 lunches and $45 or $60 dinners from November 2-22, 2022, whenever participating restaurants are open. Menus feature more than 55 local producers and include dishes for omnivores and vegetarians alike.
Participating restaurants include Countylicious veterans Bloomfield Public House, Drake Devonshire, Flame + Smith, Hartleys Tavern, Merrill House, 7 Numbers, The Waring House and Waupoos Estates Winery, as well as eateries new to Countylicious such as Bocado, Creekside Cafe, Matron Fine Beer, Onesta, Parsons Brewing, Stella’s Eatery, and The Royal Hotel. Read on to discover what they have planned for their exclusive Countylicious menus and head to countylicious.ca to make reservations and learn more.
Bloomfield Public House
After pivoting in 2020 to become a market featuring local and house-made goods, Bloomfield Public House has returned to its roots as a sit-down restaurant for lunch this summer, with dinner returning to the menu this fall. During Countylicious they’re offering a $60 dinner menu created by Chef Elliot Reynolds featuring product from nearby Blue Wheelbarrow Farm, Van Groothest Farm and Struisvogel Ranch. Standout dishes include locally reared ostrich tartar with corn nuts, biquinho peppers, capers, and olive oil; hand cut pappardelle with honeynut squash sugo, walnuts, buffalo cheddar, and sage; and warm apple cake with dulce whip and cheddar streusel.
Bocado Restaurant opened on Picton Main Street in August 2021 and has been a bustling, reservations-required hot spot ever since. If you haven’t tried Bocado yet, Countylicious is the perfect time to experience this locally-inspired spanish fare from Chef Stuart Cameron. Chef Stuart has worked up two $60 dinner menus for Countylicious, one for the omnivores among us, and one vegetarian. The menus feature local product from Vicki’s Veggies, Cloven Farm, and more. Must-try dishes include croquetas de champinones with Fifth Town truffle gouda and black garlic aioli; papas con queso with ed’s potatoes, iberico nduja, manchego cheese, egg yolk and chives; and helado de pan with sourdough bread ice cream, Morrison Point honey nougat, carmel and coconib crunch.
Creekside Cafe opened in Wellington in summer of 2022, offering a delightful all-day brunch and lunch menu. This fall they have expanded their offering to dinner service, and Countylicious is a great way to give this new spot a try. Chef Remi Parron has worked up a $20 lunch menu and a $45 dinner menu that’s sure to satisfy. With dishes like maple roasted rutabaga and apple soup with Springings Farms maple, Hagerman Farms rutabaga and Cressy apple soup topped with olive oil, parsley and house granola; roasted cauliflower with squash puree, toasted breadcrumbs, and warm caper vinaigrette; and desserts by Royal Sugar Baking, you’re sure to have found a new favourite spot in Wellington.
Chef Amanda Ray at Drake Devonshire has put together a $60 dinner menu for Countylicious this year that features some of the best seasonal produce from suppliers such as Honey Wagon Farms, Prinzen Poultry, and Belleville’s Reid’s Dairy. Dishes you won’t want to miss from this Wellington staple include beet salad featuring pear, kohl rabi, maple candied seeds and dill crème fraiche dressing; Prinzen roasted chicken with carrot puree, Edwin County wheatberries and apple jus; and a classic dessert of sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream.
Flame + Smith
Flame + Smith continues to wow diners all year long Chef Hidde Zomer’s wood smoke-infused menu, and their $60 dinner menu for Countylicious this year is sure to continue that trend. Featuring dishes like Millpond Gardens leek soup with creme fraiche, rosemary & thyme oil, and chive; moroccan chicken supreme with lentil du puy, dried cherries & apricot, salted pork, raz el hanout, green olives, almonds, and coriander; and creme brulee with millpond gardens lemon verbena, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience at this Bloomfield-based restaurant.
Picton institution Hartleys Tavern is serving up yet another fantastic $60 dinner menu this year, featuring Shades of Gray rabbit from Campbellford, Rorafresh Farms, Ivy Dell Farms, and more. With dishes like twice-baked leek souffle with smoked gouda, Rora Fresh radish and fall greens, mustard vinaigrette, and parmigiano reggiano tuiles; duo of duck with seared duck breast, eclair stuffed with roasted duck leg, honey soy glaze, Honeywagon multicoloured chard, carrot puree, and duck jus; and sweet corn panna cotta with Laundry Farms corn, plum consomme, and sponge toffee, you won’t want to miss this decadent experience from Chef Jared Hartley.
Matron Fine Beer
Matron Fine Beer, located just off the Millennium Trail in Bloomfield has been serving up their signature floofy pours of handcrafted beers since 2019, and this is their first year participating in Countylicious. Matron’s in-house chef Neale Aziz will be serving up a $20 lunch menu that’s perfect for getting cozy with a beer from their broad lineup (or choose from one of their recommended pairings). Featuring roasted tomato soup with coconut milk, warm spices and pumpkin seeds; a mouthwatering reuben with house-made pastrami, turmeric sauerkraut, thousand island and aged cheddar; and a vegan winter veg tartine with maple roasted root vegetables, lemon tahini, fermented chilis, and kale, this menu is sure to warm you up on a November day. Matron’s Countylicious menu uses local suppliers such as Enright Cattle Co., Walt’s Sugar Shack, and Pleasant Valley Hops.
This year for Countylicious the Merrill House is serving up a $60 dinner menu you won’t want to miss. Chef Michael Sullivan was inspired by classic British fare when preparing this year’s menu, so expect dishes like stilton and stout soup featuring Parsons Brewing stout; a Sunday roast with Enright Farms roast beef, yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, parsnips, brussel sprouts, and Honey Wagon Farms carrots, & jus; and trifle with Black Prince sherry-soaked sponge with house-made red curant jelly, strawberries, custard and blackcurrant swirled cream. Merrill House’s menu also features a number of optional add-ons to enhance your feasting experience.
Onesta made its mark in Prince Edward County in 2020, by offering home-delivery of freshly made pasta, sauce, focaccia and other delights, as well as doing pop-ups and selling product at local farmers markets. Two years later, Onesta has its own spot in the historic Masterfeeds Building, just off Picton Main Street. During Countylicious, Chef Martin Brzozowski will be serving up a $60 dinner menu that is a perfect showcase of everything we love about Onesta, which is quality, handmade Italian food that is unfussy and simply delicious. Be sure to try the burrata with root vegetable agrodolce, almonds, and focaccia; tagliatelle alla bolognese featuring beef & pork ragu, fresh egg pasta, and padano; and tiramisu featuring Vortex coffee, lady fingers, and mascarpone.
Parsons Brewing has become a favourite destination of many when visiting Prince Edward County thanks to their incredible beer, inviting space, and delicious Argentinian-inspired menu available throughout the warmer months. But Chef Sean Finnerty has provided us with yet another reason to visit Parsons this November with their $30 lunch and $60 dinner menus. Featuring items such as roasted root vegetable salad with Edwin Farms maple roasted carrots & parsnips, chicory, parsons malt vinegar, crème fraiche, and pumpkin seed brittle; compressed watermelon “tuna” tostada with Paper Kite Farms coriander pesto, avocado, cucumber shallot, spicy vegan mayo, and crispy bits; and grilled stone fruit with Edwin Farms maple crème fraiche and Parsons brewing spent grain crumble among many others, you’re sure to want to come back for a second round.
If you hail from Toronto you will be familiar with 7 Numbers, a Southern-Italian restaurants founded by Chef Rosa Marinuzzi. Prince Edward County is home to the only 7 Numbers outside the big city, and we’re very glad for it! Led by Jay McColl, the Picton restaurant has put together a $20 lunch menu and a $45 dinner menu for this year’s Countylicious. Dishes featured on the menu include, house-made mortadella with cider-pickled pears and toasted ciabatta; an unrivalled chicken parmesan sandwich; and trifle with butternut squash, rum caramel and crispy pecans. 7 Numbers works with producers from Laundry Farms, Campbell’s Orchards and Kinsip House of Fine Spirits to produce this menu, among many more.
Stella’s Eatery got its start in 2019 with Stella’s Wine Bar in Picton, then in 2021 they opened a second location in Waupoos called Stella’s Eatery. Now Stella’s Eatery is their focus, but Chef Leah Marshal Hannon continues to serve up inventive dishes featuring locally-sourced and foraged product. Their $45 dinner menu for Countylcious is no different, featuring produce from Mirepoix Farm, Fiddlehead Farm, and the Blueberry Patch just down the road in Waupoos, among many more. Make the drive to experience dishes like crispy Hagerman’s brussel sprouts with Lighthall cheddar mornay, raisins, and toasted pecans; wild rice risotto with Blue Wheelbarrow kale, Edwin County Farms squash, and Cloven Farms mushrooms; and Waupoos poached pear with Koopmans maple anglaise, and granola crumble.
The Royal Hotel
After more than 10 years of planning and major renovations, The Royal Hotel reopened on Picton Main Street in late 2021 and has been welcomed by the community and visitors alike with open arms. Their dining room, led by Chef Albert Ponzo, is well worth the wait for a reservation, and their $60 dinner menu is a great way to experience the flavours of The Royal at a lower price point. With dishes like ribolita with white beans, braised greens, and sourdough; mussels with autumn ale, bacon, and grilled bread; and apple crumble with roasted apples and calvados, you won’t want to miss this menu. Featuring produce from Edwin County Farms and Ponzo Family Farms, the phrase “home grown” means so much more.
The Waring House
Waupoos Estates Restaurant
So what are you waiting for? Reserve a table for Countylicious today!
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