“Where should we eat?” is a question we often get asked as Guest Concierges at The June, and while Google may lead you to a “5 Places You Should Grab A Bite in The County” article, a comprehensive list is dearly missing! Don’t fret, we’ve set out to compile everything you need to know about dining out or grabbing takeaway in beautiful and delicious Prince Edward County!
Wondering where the vegan friendly spots are? Look for the * to know which places are serving up plant-based eats!
New(ish) to The County
The County has long been known for its culinary scene, and more things are added by the year! These bright and shiny spots are relatively new to The County and we’re pleased to welcome them with a special mention!
Beacon Bike & Brew*
Serving up lattes and delectable eats (their squash and avocado toasts are to dine for), Beacon Bike & Brew is a stylish addition to the already quaint Picton Main Street. Bike Shop meets Cafe meets Bar in a space well suited for catching up with a pal or working remotely (bonus: they have wifi). You can often find our Guest Concierges sipping away on an oat milk latte and noshing down on the best vegan muffins (who knew raisins could be so delicious?)! We highly recommend this friendly spot - and be sure to check out their social for updates on events & specials!
Photo by @beaconbikebrew
Like your Americano strong and dark enough to pull you out of any type of exhausted Monday morning vibes? Look no further than Picnic! Starting out as a beloved County food truck & catering service (that’s still operating), Picnic has opened up the cutest, teeniest little coffee bar and takeaway counter in Prince Edward! Bringing hot pours & yummy treats to Main Street Picton, be sure to check out their sandwiches - their famous Tofu Banh Mi is a must (and can be made vegan without mayonnaise) - and for the cheese lover, their Caprese Sandwich is a bite straight into Italy. Do yourself a favour and buy the cookie - you know you want to!
The Blue Sail
Seafood & fish lovers rejoice! A brand new addition to Picton, Blue Sail brings you a double threat of a sit in restaurant and a seafood market! Opening its doors in September 2019, reviews are good and menus look delicious! Not a seafood fan but going out to eat with someone who is? Fret not - their salads and risotto make for easy to accommodate everyone nights out!
Yum Club PEC*
While County Yum has been around for a little while, they’ve moved into a new location in Picton with a fresh new vibe! Offering dine in, take out, and a catering service, Yum is a triple threat with fresh and tasty eats friendly to all dietary restrictions and preferences! A concierge favourite is the Chickpea Shawarma in a salad - trust us, you’re going to want to try this one!
Photo by @yumclubpec
The Marans Dinebar*
Taking over the dining space beside the Regent Theatre, The Marans brings globally inspired and locally sourced eats to The County is well loved by locals and guests alike! Looking for a farm-to-table experience with French cottage feels and a relaxed atmosphere? Chef Guerin whips up incredible tastes from Korean Bulgogi to Beef Braise to the best Mushroom Toast you’ve ever tried, complimented by incredibly friendly service and a chat with the Chef himself if you time it right! Don’t forget to try the soup - you’ll regret it if you don’t!
Brightening up the Wellington food scene is newcomer La Condesa, opening up in Spring 2019 and bringing authentic Mexican cuisine to beautiful Prince Edward County. Featuring bright decor and even brighter cocktails, an extensive menu and great service comes together in a hip, instagrammable restaurant a short walk from Wellington’s Rotary Beach! Finish off a day of catching waves with devilishly good churros!
Photo by La Condesa
Feeling inspired to get out and try all the County dining experiences? We haven’t even scratched the surface! On to our County Classics - organized by location!
What happens when you combine craft beer with a Chopped winning chef? A brewpub that should be top of your list for County Eats! Dishing up delicious food and pouring great brews, a couple musts are: the pizza, the Reuban Dog & for the vegans: The Falafel Burger (will also satiate omnivores - just try it - you can thank us later). Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere inside in the cooler months and hit up the patio in the summer! Ample parking nearby is a perk!
If you find yourself dreaming of Italy, butter, and melt in your mouth pastries, Enid Grace is the place for you! Plating the best cheesecake in the county and so much more, this local hot spot will be closing its doors in December 2019 and reopening across the street as Enid Grace Culinary and the Piccolina Coffee Bar in Spring 2020! Stay tuned to their social for updates on the new space and ventures!
Photo by @enidgracecafe
Craving a little Asian-influenced take out? Idle Wild is your County stop for all things fresh, tasty and authentic! Stop by this cute little takeout spot for yummy beet salad and other scrumptious dishes - don’t forget the cash! Enjoy your spoils on their patio and hit the road and take it home!
Bloomfield Public House
You probably know that The June is a big fan of this stylish and fresh coffee spot and foodie haven. With a smoker beckoning passersby inside with scents of perfect smoked meats and strong coffee, BPH is a must when visiting The County! Motelier faves include: The Caesar, The Shrimp Toast & Vicki’s Tomatoes!
Flame + Smith
The County’s signature wood fire steak house has a focus on sustainability and supporting the surrounding community. Guaranteed to please all eaters in a well styled space, take your date or the grandparents for a delightful evening.
Photo by Flame+Smith
Sand & Pearl (seasonal)
An oyster bar minutes from the beach? Sounds like the ideal summer evening to us! Just down the road from the white sandy beaches of Sandbanks Provincial Park is a roadside seafood lovers dream specializing in fresh oysters, Fogo Island Crab, local pickerel, local produce & more! With nightly campfires, live entertainment and weekend events, this seasonal gem is a must stop for a perfect summer’s night.
Photo by @sandandpearloysterbar
Lake on The Mountain
Miller House & Lake on the Mountain (seasonal)
With a patio overlooking stunning Lake Ontario and well crafted platters, tartines, and flambées combined with relaxed vibes and the best County view, Miller House is the perfect stop for an appetizer before heading across the road to the full service dining experience at Lake on the Mountain Inn! Snuggle up by the wood fireplace or enjoy unparalleled views of Lake on the Mountain on the patio!
Jackson’s Falls Inn Dining - The Schoolhouse (seasonal)
Make the drive to Milford and embrace the rustic, cozy-casual atmosphere amidst delicious foods and eclectic decor. Featuring the fusion of European and First Nations cuisines and decor, escape the bustle of busy Picton peak season and escape into the intimate countryside in a well styled and well-plated culinary adventure.
Huff Estates (seasonal oven)
Our favourite Partner in Wine, and maker of our Peace Love Rosé, we bet you didn’t know that during peak season the wood fire oven is roaring and serving up delicious pizzas - a perfect compliment to your wine tasting!
You already know that The June is a big fan of Parson’s (we serve their crafty brews in The Lobby Bar!), and we’re even bigger fans of their cantina! With a kid-friendly outdoor patio and amazing flatbreads in the summer, Parson’s is a stop guaranteed to please the whole group! Their guac is a County winner in our eyes, and pairs well with the Yuzu Pale Ale or the Sparkling Hibiscus Tea! Open year round, stay updated to their Instagram to get the scoop on seasonal menus and hours!
Photo by @jennamaries
The Vic Cafe*
Perhaps one of the most dietary restriction friendly places in The County, this County staple has a new, bright location and features the best brunch in The County - trust us - you’ll regret it if you don’t get the tots! Join their colouring contest while sipping a fresh smoothie or hit them up for their Wednesday special: 2 Burgers, 2 Sides, a salad & 2 on-tap pours for $30 - this special can’t be beat in price or taste!
Blumen Garden Bistro
Fine dining meets amazing atmosphere in this minutes from Downtown Picton gem! Be sure to call for a reservation to experience seasonally inspired Old World Cuisine in the heart of Prince Edward County. Whether it’s date or taking the parents out for dinner night, everyone is sure to leave satisfied and wowed with the quality of PEC’s dining! Don’t forget the house made sorbet for dessert. Concierge must: The Chickpea Fries - these crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside fries blow ol' potato fries out of the water. You'll come back for more, we know it!
Photo by Blumen Garden Bistro
This hip pink hotspot is a local favourite serving up tapas and gourmet dishes on an ever changing menu based on what’s in season in The County! Sip on a craft cocktail while enjoying ricotta dumplings with the sauce of the week and soak in all this cute bar/hangout has to offer! With a great wine selection and delectable desserts, this spot will impress any dining duo.
Your one stop shop for good pub vibes, County Canteen has a great selection of local brews on tap, local wines on the list, and delicious snacks & meals! The Fish & Chips are Concierge approved and you can’t go wrong with a local brew. Watch out for live music events to spend an evening amongst talent and friends.
Acoustic Pub & Grill
Enjoy food, music & harmony at Picton’s favourite weekend music venue year round! Grab a tasty brew, a craft cocktail and a juicy burger while listening to local talents and enjoying good vibes!
Fine dining meets tavern meets the after hours local haunt - you can have an evening of all three at Hartley’s Tavern! Serving up local ingredients with bow-ties and aprons, if you make it until the late night menu you’ll get a sneak peek into the local scene.
Proudly a part of The Taste Trail, The County isn't lacking for culinary options, and only the brave set out to try it all - or you can just come back! 😉Thanks for reading and be sure to ask your concierge for their top faves upon check in - we're happy to talk cheese & char!
Happy tastings from your friends at The June