We had lunch at Almonte Barley Mow (there are several locations). I've featured them before. They had a massive flood in spring, 2014), with a sudden snow melt. It's a lovely spot, with the water rushing by. There is much controversy, as Enerdu wants to harness the power of the water. The bridge, no longer used, is falling apart. I am hopeful, if Ontario keeps going in the right direction, we won't need to wrestle with HydroOne, or use the Athabasca Tar sands anymore. But I digress.
I was so disappointed with lunch. We've been before, quite a few times. We took the kids after the Puppets Up! festival in 2013. Thursday, it was to be grilled veggies, with chicken, but the chicken was overcooked. The veggies were, to quote my ex-late father-in-law, "Burned on the outside, scared on the inside." They weren't actually burned, but that is how he liked his steak! My veggies were crunchy, raw, and hardly grilled. The chicken dry. I love my veggies. In some restaurants it is hard to get veggies, especially in a pub. I was most discouraged. This isn't even the shoulder season, never mind the high summer tourist season.
We arrived at noon, and it appeared that none of us were in a hurry: couples holding hands, family, or good friends having a nice meal. There is no excuse for this. I asked the server, there were two on the patio, if they expected all these people, an unexpectedly hot spring day. She said no, they had lots of time, this is hardly busy at all. (You'd think that would be a clue for her!) That said, they were very slow at bringing drinks, menus, etc. I don't mind waiting for 2nd drink, or a freshly cooked meal. She was juggling several groups. It was a disappointment. I went to their website and told the manager. The tip was not a large one, hubby tells me!
It is a lovely spot, with condos all about. Converted mill buildings.