We were able to enjoy two meals at The Flour Mill Restaurant at the Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel when we stayed there this past weekend. To start off, the Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel is an absolutely magnificent and beautifully rustic hotel that used to be a former flour mill dating back to 1904. This made for a very historic and characteristic restaurant housed inside the boutique hotel where the walls were made with stone. It was definitely not a cookie-cutter restaurant for sure and I was left in awe of how beautiful its dining room was.
For the first morning of our stay, we were able to enjoy their weekend brunch menu. Brunch at The Flour Mill Restaurant starts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and since we arrived after 11 a.m. (after a nice lie-in), we were served by the hostess and server of the restaurant. She was incredibly nice and asked for our name of booking and room number before seating us in the breakfast room (this was different from the main dining room). There were gold chandeliers throughout the whole room with heavy grey curtains partitioning each two-seater table near the windows. It was a very warm and inviting room to dine in and felt so cozy. It felt like we were in a cozy bed and breakfast, in fact.
They had a lot of great options from their brunch menu including classic breakfast items as well as main plates like burgers and steak & egg dishes.
The Deluxe Grilled Cheese that I ordered came with modena prosciutto, brie, tomato, and a side of house cut fries. There was actually more fries on the plate than I expected and its portion outsized the size of the sandwich. However, the grilled cheese sandwich was prepared really well. I really liked the gooey brie cheese and the chewy and salty prosciutto. The grilled sandwich was grilled so that the bread was very crispy. However, there were a few corners that were blackened from the grill. Nevertheless, it was still a really amazing grilled cheese sandwich. The house cut fries were crispy and slightly salted too.
Ken ordered the Traditional Skillet brunch which included hash brown potatoes, grilled onion, pepper, breakfast sausage, and mozzarella cheese topped with two eggs (done over easy). He really enjoyed it. It was a good mix of veggies and breakfast items like egg and sausage with cheese over it all served on a skillet and presented on a large flat piece of wood.
The service here was really good as our server came often to see if we needed anything. She was very warm and friendly which made for a great impression of a hotel and restaurant all rolled into one — one that cared about its guests with sincerity for sure.
We had such an enjoyable meal that we came back the following morning for their breakfast (that and because it was just easier to dine downstairs at the adjoining restaurant for breakfast instead of searching elsewhere in Niagara — also, we had two $10 cash vouchers to use as well from the hotel stay!).
This time, we arrived before 11 a.m. and we were able to see their breakfast menu. We both ordered the Flour Mill Breakfast which included two farm fresh eggs, two applewood smoked bacon or two turkey bacon or two sausage links, breakfast potatoes, and a choice of toast. While Ken selected the turkey bacon and Rye bread, I chose the sausage links and brown toast. We both chose scrambled eggs and black currant jam.
For $12, this was a really satisfying breakfast of all the classic breakfast items. The portion was more than enough for me and I finished everything just narrowly. I enjoyed the sausage links (there were actually four on my plate as opposed to the two described on the menu). I enjoy runny scrambled eggs so these ones were just a tad dry for me — I should specify runny scrambled eggs next time on my order. I liked how the black currant jam was from the Greaves brand, a local Niagara-On-The Lake brand!
I tried the turkey bacon from Ken’s plate and really liked the large slices of turkey bacon. They tasted different from regular bacon and looked amazing on the plate.
Again, the service that morning was warm and friendly and we got to sit at a window seat too. The same server also remembered us from the morning before.
There was a constant flow of guests coming in for brunch and breakfast on both mornings and it seemed that everyone enjoyed the quiet and cozy dining space at The Flour Mill Restaurant.
What a great restaurant (and hotel)! 🙂