Winter Carb-loading in Hastings County | Ontario Culinary
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Winter Carb-loading in Hastings County

Hasting County is your carb-loading getaway this winter season. With the winter weather blues upon us, we found the best eats to get you through this year’s hibernation season. In Hastings County, you can taste quality Italian foods, sip incredible local beer, visit a cheese factory, and dine like royalty at the English Tea Room. The list of adventures never ends!

What’s a little road trip without visiting a Cheese Factory?!  Aka. Cheese Heaven!

Ivanhoe Cheese

Where: 11301 ON-62, Madoc, ON K0K 2K0 (View Map)

The iconic Ivanhoe Cheese factory is a one-stop shop to taste and learn the art of artisan-aged cheddar. You can experience the time-honoured art of fine cheese making and sample any of their award-winning products. In addition to their delicious cheeses, they offer a wide selection of specialty foods, gifts, baskets, and antiques – not to mention authentic, old-fashioned milkshakes and cones. Talk about a gouda time!

Hidden Goldmine Bakery

Where: 59 Durham St S, Madoc, ON  (View Map)

Truly a goldmine find! Hidden Goldmine bakery offers old-fashioned baking ‘made from scratch that will make you feel right at home. They specialize in butter tarts, fresh fruit pies, cookies, squares, home-style bread, buttermilk tea biscuits, cinnamon sticky knots, and their classic golden fudge nuggets. Stop by and experience Hidden Goldmine Bakery’s handmade treats, and make sure to take in the friendly hometown atmosphere! Make sure to take some sweet treats to snack on for late!

We end our incredible bakery adventures at Sun Run Cafe!

Sun Run Cafe and Bakery

33021 Hastings County Rd 62, Maynooth, ON (View Map)

Sun Run Cafe bake and cook all items in-house with local ingredients and serve the tastiest Madawaska Coffee from just up the road. Sun Run also offers vegan and gluten-sensitive options. Keep in mind the changing menu based on the season but expect ultimate freshness with each feature menu item! We recommend trying The California Chicken club – chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado aioli on 12-grain bread, alongside a daily soup special showcasing seasonal and local produce when available.

It’s time to jump into the main course of our guide and share with you the oh-so-good carb-loaded Dinner spots! Stretchy pants recommended!


Our first stop is For The Halibut Fish & Chips

220 Hastings St N, Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0, Canada (View Map)

Located on the banks of the magnificent York River, they offer a space for you to unwind, soothe your soul, and experience the true beauty of food with the people who matter to you most.

This family-run fish and chip shop will make you think of the good old days and give you the comfort food you’ve been craving. Cooked with the highest quality and freshest ingredients you’ll be over the moon when you taste their mouth-watering hand-cut Alaskan Halibut, their locally grown fresh-cut Yukon Gold Potatoes and homemade sauces and coleslaw.

We recommend their buttery fried Lobster tail or the fan-favourite Clam Chowder! No matter what you order prepare to engage in an unforgettable culinary experience at The Halibut Fish & Chips!

Our second stop is The O’Connor House English Tea Room

Where: 369 Main St, Deseronto, ON K0K 1X0, Canada (View Map)

Take a step back in time and feel the nostalgia and style of the O’Connor English house – Situated in the core of historic downtown Deseronto ON, The O’Connor House English Tea Room provides a wonderful selection of delectable meals and sweets to experience in our Victorian dining room. Give your taste buds the royal treatment and experience tasty food, lace curtains, linen tablecloths, fine china and silver. We recommend you arrive for afternoon tea, freshly prepared and served on beautiful tiered plates and includes a medley of finger sandwiches, sweets, preserves, real whipped cream, and, of course, the finest Devonshire scones in the area.

Lastly, we end our Hasting County journey at The Barn Chefs

Where: 5543 Hwy 620, Coe Hill, ON K0L 1P0, Canada (View Map)


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Get ready to get a slice of Italy in Coe Hill. We recommend you visit the husband and wife duo at The barn chefs in the heart of Coe Hill. The Barn Chefs offers an incredibly wide range of handcrafted, quality Italian foods, including salami, preserves, and pasta, along with custom design cakes and chocolates.

So sit down, relax, and Mangia!

Seasonal Recommendation:

Take a hike across from The Halibut Fish & Chips and visit the Eagle’s Nest Lookout. The Hawkwatch, a favourite destination within the park, provides an amazing vista over the York River valley and the town of Bancroft below. It is an ever-changing landscape, but especially beautiful in the fall of the year.

Come back soon!

We hope you enjoy your time in Hasting County and return soon. There is SO much to do, see, eat, sip and explore here.