The perfect pandemic pivot: Acclaimed Toronto chefs and restaurateurs discover a dilapidated diner in rural Ontario and redefine the “country experience” at Hearts Tavern & Butcher Shop. It’s worth the drive to Grey County.
Fresh-faced, eager locals in braids, beards and overalls accompany us to our table, past barrels and bar stools; local bar and wine offerings to tempt. The wine list a perfect match to the simplicity and purity of the menu. Local radishes with butter, anyone? We see the delicious prep, a la minute cooking, kitchen hustle & bustle, yet the pace is slow and country and easy like Sunday morning. Delicious, seasonal and local ingredients showcased; dish after dish amaze until we can eat no more. Country purity, wildflowers, checkered tablecloths, all natural, post and beam, and smoke and fire. Awaiting the addition of rooms upstairs for afternoon naps. Again, It’s worth the drive to Grey County. – Susan Willemsen