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Eatdrink #65 May/June 2017

The LOCAL food and drink magazine serving London, Stratford & Southwestern Ontario since 2007

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10 | May/June 2017 |@eatdrinkmag Here are a few more suggestions and recommendations to highlight the variety of choices and styles in the Stratford area. Foster’s Inn In the heart of Stratford’s uptown, Foster’s Inn’s nine eclectic rooms offer comfort and strikingly unique furnishings in a casual and calming environment. This The Restaurant at The Bruce Hotel (above) and indoor swimming pool turn-of-the-century brick building features soaring 14-foot ceilings, fully-accessible en suite bathrooms with modern amenities, an elevator and an excellent steakhouse with a street-level patio in a prime location off Market Square, just steps to the Avon Theatre. Friendly, personalized service and excellent breakfasts are the Inn’s hallmark. You will be the guest of the owner Craig Foster, who is passionate about hospitality. Drop by the quaint bar or street-side patio during cocktail hour or after theatre. Open seven days a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Mercer Kitchen/Beer Hall/Hotel Mercer Kitchen/Beer Hall/Hotel, a unique, smartlyrenovated heritage walk-up located in the heart of downtown Stratford, is a balance between contemporary and traditional. The 14 expansive and comfortable rooms are among some of the most desirable in the core. The street level boasts Mercer Kitchen, a terroir-driven restaurant under the guidance of Chef Ryan McDonnell, with a delicious “from scratch” menu. They also offer one of Ontario’s largest craft beer selections.

The LOCAL Food & Drink Magazine May/June 2017 | 11 The Bruce Hotel The handsomely appointed, 25-room Bruce Hotel features 21 spacious rooms and four “petite suites” designed with a Shakespearean character in mind. There is a luxurious indoor pool and a stateof-the-art gym. The Bruce is situated on six and a half acres of property just a short walk from the Festival Theatre. The gazebo can be booked for special dinners. The dining room is white linen, chic with comfortable square-backed upholstered chairs and settees. This is the top end of dining in Stratford, with Chef Arron Carley featuring cutting-edge Canadian cuisine and wine pairings. The Festival Inn The Festival Inn, offering affordable accommodations in several low-rise buildings and an annex adjoining the main hotel with a covered walkway, has a retro ambience. The hotel has been welcoming guests for over 50 years and is a six-minute drive from the Avon Theatre. There’s an informal dining room and a casual lounge with a large-screen TV and a snack menu. A complimentary continental breakfast is served in the Anne Hathaway dining room, mornings between 7:30 am and 11 am. Rundles Morris House Rundles Morris House, designed by the Canadian architectural firm Shim-Sutcliffe, launched the first ever fractional vacation home ownership opportunity in Stratford. As the beginning phase in the re-development of Rundles Restaurant, starting in the 2017 season of the Stratford Festival, Rundles Morris House will be offered for sale in one-week segments. The house functions Rundles Morris House and kitchen (above) WATSON’S CHELSEA BAZAAR A fun place to shop! as a deluxe two-bedroom suite, has a living room, den, bedroom and en suite bathrooms. Enjoy the wood-burning fireplace in the living room, and views onto the Avon River and parklands. The adjoining restaurant has always been synonymous with innovative culinary classicism and a refined level of wine sophistication. BRYAN LAVERY is Eatdrink’s Food Editor and Writer at Large. Smeg small appliances ... A perfect fusion of practicality, technology and beauty! 84 Ontario St Stratford 519-273-1790