The Artisan Inn exhibits the original artwork of various artists and the public are welcome to view and purchase these pieces.
FEATURED ARTISTS 2018
Kathleen was born in St. John’s, where she still resides. The Newfoundland land and seascapes never fail to inspire her.
“I love to paint. I love to look at paintings. I love to talk about painting. To me it is a delight to sit on a rock and try to translate the scene before me and my emotions about it into two dimensions.
Paints themselves, fat tubes of delicious colour that promise a masterpiece, brushes and pencils, paper and canvas, call me and invite me to buy. A visit to an art supply store is hazardous to my credit card. I always come away with something.
The very act of painting itself inspires me. The application of thick, juicy paint to canvas or the splash of brilliant watercolour onto white paper exhilarates me. Their excitement never fails.
Sylvia Bendzsa is a St. John’s painter and printmaker. Active in the arts since early in life she has contributed strongly to the arts organizations and St. Michael’s Printshop. She likes to divide her art practice between etching, printmaking, printing on canvas and watercolours. She has had many solo and group exhibitions and her work is collected widely.
Also Represented by
Red Ochre Gallery, St. John’s
Devon House Craft Shop, St. John’s
Hollander York Gallery, Toronto
“Paul Dolk’s work is his stretch. He reaches out with a mindful heart and captures the breadth and width of a single moment. And with each extension of his lens, the air is stilled, illuminating the graceful power of a whale or the relentless intent of an eagle. That these moments depict the relationship between himself, wildlife and the sea is clear and inseparable. As when the sea drapes over the nose of a surfacing orca, each one describes the other.“Some photographers take reality… and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation” -Ansel Adams-
Paul Dolk’s photographs embody his spirit of devotion towards the natural world of Newfoundland, the thrill of the photographer’s process and a heart that is oceans wide and deep. Framing the fluid nature of a whale’s descension or extension into the sky, the images are stretched beyond the normal and proper limits of our expectations”
Paul’s studio is located in Open Hall on Route 235. Once in Open Hall, pass the Church and take the second gravel road on your left. The studio features a mural with a large Sperm Whale painting. See the COMMUNITIES AND DIRECTIONS page for directions to Open Hall.
Breakfast: The Twine Loft is open from 8:00am to 10:00am. If you are not a guest of the inn or you are staying in one of our vacation homes you may still join us for breakfast, however, you must reserve your table ahead of time or call before arriving to guarantee a table will be available for you.
Lunch: Please be advised that the Twine Loft does not serve lunch or any food between breakfast service and dinner service.
Evening Meals: The Twine Loft serves a set menu evening meal at set sitting times. 2021 price: $60 plus tax
During the months of June, July, August and September sitting times will be at 5:15 and 8pm. Traditionally dinner sittings are at 5:30 and 7:45, however we are allowing for longer times between sittings to properly prepare the dining room under Covid-19 protocols.
During late May and throughout October, there is one sitting time. Dining is by reservation, however, we can sometimes take last minute reservations, so please do not hesitate to contact us. This time will be set by the restaurant closer to those dates at sometime between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. This will be determined closer to the date.
Drinks on the Deck
The Twine Loft is one of the most beautiful places to relax outside with a drink. One does not need to be staying or dining with us to drop in for drinks on the deck. during the afternoon. Our times of operating for the public will be advertise on our social media and on our website closer to the date. Only guests with dinner reservations may have drinks on the deck within half an hour of dinner service.
Art Viewing Art viewing times will be determined closer to the start of season and will be set out with Covid-19 safety protocols in place.
Artisan Inn Guest Services (This will resume once Covid-19 Restrictions are eased)
Registration Guests may register for their Artisan Inn room or vacation home between 11:00am and 7:00pm. Check-in for accommodations is officially at 3:00pm, however, our staff are available to provide you with a town orientation and accommodations information if you arrive earlier and if your room or house is ready we will check you in as soon as possible. If you plan to arrive after 7:00pm please notify us ahead of time so we can make appropriate arrangements.
Visitor Information The office is open to provide visitor information to the public between the hours of 8:00am and 8:00pm. Please be aware that guests are checking out between the hours of 8:30am and 11:00am and check in usually happen between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. At these times the needs of Artisan Inn guests will be prioritized, but we will do anything we can to help you.We have driving direction cards to most activities and attraction on the Bonavista Peninsula and can help you find hiking trails other dining options during your visit to the area and more.
While Covid-19 in a concern, registration will be largely contactless and orientation information will be provided digitally.
Information regarding the following can be found in order on this page
General Information & Price
Making a reservation
Catering to dietary restrictions
Minimum age of guests
We gained valuable experience operating during 2020. In order to ensure proper social distancing for our guests we will continue to serve dinner on both floors of the Twine Loft with required social distancing between tables maintained. We have shifted from our traditional sitting times of 5:30 and 7:45 to 5:15 and 8:00pm to ensure our staff have enough time to reset the dining room while following necessary Covid-19 protocols and to avoid guests arriving for the second sitting prior to the first sitting guests leaving.
Please do not come to the Twine Loft if you are supposed to be isolating or if you have been in contact with someone who should be isolating.
General information regarding evening dining
The Twine Loft serves as the dining room for the Artisan Inn, however, we are licensed to serve the public and accept reservations for those not staying at the inn. Our restaurant is recommended by Where to Eat in Canada and is a recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Restaurateur of the Year Award. We categorize ourselves as a “casual-fine dining” experience. Our meals are meant to deliver the same satisfied feeling of having a home cooked meal while on the road, highlighted by local flavors, served in a uniquely Newfoundland atmosphere with professional and friendly service that is both attentive and relaxed at the same time.
Price: A 3-course evening meal is $60 plus tax in 2021. Our pricing is based on the cost of ingredients, whether that cost is from employing a gardener to grow our greens and herbs, purchasing from specific local food harvesters or covering the fuel and human resource costs involved in making trips that are sometimes up to 6 hours to procure ingredients. We also believe in ensuring our staff a livable wage deserving of someone who dedicates themselves to taking care of those who travel to our small corner of the Canada.
Dining Times: May & October 7pm, July through September 5:15 & 8pm. (Please note that during the should season we run on nights when we have either guests of the inn or our vacation homes with dinner reservations or if we can have a minimum of 6 guests from outside the inn request dinner for that night. ex if a table of 4 then a table 2 requested evening dinner by 12pm that day, we would operate) If you want to dine with us in the shoulder season and do not wish to rely on others to book, we recommend booking a room or vacation home through us. Stay and Dine packages are also available for certain properties.
The Meal: Because of our small kitchen size, we have decided to focus on a small, but well-prepared menu each night. Guests are served a three-course meal with a choice between 2 appetizers, 2 main courses (usually a meat or fish option), and a dessert. 3 course Vegan, Vegetarian, Celiac and Lactose-free menus can be arranged in advance. Please see the section below regarding dietary restrictions. All guests must pre-select their main course option the morning of the reservation and will be sent their choices the evening prior by email.
Please note this may not be your option on the day of your meal
Choice of Cod Chowder or Warmed Spinach and Bacon Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing
Quidi Vidi Honey Brown Beer Braised Lamb Shank served with Roasted Root Vegetables and Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
Fresh Local Cod en Papillote served with Sauteed Asparagus and Roasted Lemon Potatoes
Blueberry Lemon Torte
Other sample menus: Please note we can only confirm our menu for a certain night by the day prior. When booking you will have the opportunity to let us know if there are any principal proteins you won’t eat to help us plan then menu for that evening.
Catering to your dietary needs
We understand that set menu dining can sometimes be difficult for clients with special diets or allergies. For this reason, the Twine Loft has developed special gourmet menus for those with such needs. Because we require our guests to identify any allergies when they book and to contact us the morning of their reservation to pre-select their main course, we are able to have a discussion in advance so that when guests arrive for dinner they can relax and enjoy the experience.
We do request that when discussing dietary concerns guests clearly identify between a severe dislike, an intolerance and an allergy. Guests will have the opportunity to provide this information on our online booking form that accompanies dinner reservations made online.
Example of a 3 course Vegan Menu at the Twine Loft
Please note this may not be your option on the day of your meal
Carrot Orange Soup
Lentil Ragout on a Bed of Rice
Making a Reservation:
Guests can contact the Twine Loft at 1-709-464-3377 to make a dinner reservation request or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also use our online booking system to request a reservation.
When emailing please include
1. The primary date you are interested in reserving
and if there are additional dates you would be interested in if we cannot accommodate you for your first choice.
2. Number of people in your party If you are hoping to book a private reservation for one bubbled group please contact us with as much detail as possible.
3. Dietary restrictions
The Twine Loft is a set menu restaurant and a number of our courses are slow-cooked and prepped throughout the day. Last-minute notifications of dietary restrictions cannot always be accommodated. Please be specific when providing details regarding allergies during the booking process.
If you inform us that you or someone in your party does not eat a specific ingredient let us know if it is because of an allergy or if it is a personal preference.
If someone requires a gluten-free option, please specify if it is because they have Celiac Disease, a strong sensitivity or if gluten is something that is avoided, but eaten sometimes.
If someone in your party is lactose or dairy intolerant/sensitive, please specify if dairy can or cannot be baked into dishes. Specify if the intolerance includes butter as this is an ingredient used in a number of our dishes.
If someone in your party is vegan or vegetarian please use the correct terminology for their diet since vegan and vegetarian meals are prepared differently.
Confirming a request
The Twine Loft will require a minimum of 6 guests to operate on a given evening. Exceptions may be made for guests staying in Artisan Inn properties.
Once a request is confirmed, a credit card number will be required to hold the reservation. There is a $25 cancellation fee per guest for a reservation cancelled within 22 hours of the reserved dining time and the full meal price is charged when a cancellation is made within 2 hours of the dinner.
A seat at the Twine Loft will range between $60 and $65 plus tax per person. This means that even if 2 guests request to split a meal, or someone wants to opt-out of a course the price for each seat will remain at full price.
We recommend a minimum age of 12 years old to attend our evening dining experience. We do make exceptions to the minimum age. More details are available here. Minors are required to eat at our earliest sittin.
Dinner will be served both upstairs and downstairs to maximize the number of people we can safely serve in a night. Please indicate if someone in the party has mobility concerns and must be seated downstairs.
Like other years, requests for window tables will not be taken. Accommodating this request for everyone is simply not possible and depending on the table size it could impact our ability to give parties proper distancing from each other. During these challenging times please respect our staff’s decision on where to seat people and understand that a number of factors are being taken into consideration when deciding this.
The first floor of the Twine Loft (the dining room) is wheelchair accessible. We have 1 wheelchair accessible washroom and the waterside deck is wheelchair accessible as well. If you or someone in your party uses a wheelchair, scooter or walker, please inform us in advance and we will arrange for the closest parking spot possible.
Because our property uses gravel in accordance with the town heritage laws, we recommend guests with wheeled mobility aids take advantage of our closer parking spots for more direct access to the ramp. The ramp is located to the right of the driveway therefore, we recommend the guest requiring the ramp enter and exit their vehicle on the right hand side.
Should you or someone you are travelling with have a disability, do not hesitate to discuss ways we can better serve you when you make your reservation, or when you are on the premises. It is our goal to provide the best dining experience to everyone we serve and continuously educate ourselves on best practices.
The Twine Loft primarily caters to guests of the Artisan Inn, both rooms and vacation homes, for breakfast service, however, we are licensed to serve the public and will do so on days we are operating for our guests. We request that you notify us in advance if you wish to join us for breakfast so that we can staff appropriately and ensure a table and staff will be available when you arrive.
Operating hours: The Twine Loft can seat guests for arrival times between 8am and 9:30am. While we do accept walk ins, once the last reservation has finished the Twine Loft shuts down for breakfast even if it is prior to 9:30am.
The Twine Loft will shut down for the season on October 24th 2021 and re-open in May
Note Regarding Reservations: The Twine Loft will not confirm reservations made by off site guests on days when we do not have our own guests in-house (from a room or vacation home) coming for breakfast. You may be put on a list to be contacted should we pick up more reservations and decide to proceed with breakfast on your desired date.
Bacon, Eggs & Toast $10 Gluten Free Bread Available
Partridgeberry Pancakes $9
French Toast $9
Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl – $9.5
Blended frozen banana, mixed berries, ground flax seed & almond milk topped with gluten free house-made granola and chocolate nibs.
Hot Oatmeal $4.5
Add Almonds, Apples, or
Dried Cranberries for $1 per selection
Add Raisins for 50 cents
The Continental $8 Choice of muffin or tea bun with butter and house made jam, yogurt & granola If you are leaving early you can order this the day prior as a packed breakfast
Side of Toast $2.25 per slice complimentary house made jam
Bacon $1 per slice
Eggs $2 per egg
Muffin or Tea Bun $2.75 / with House Made Jam $3.75
The Twine Loft offers one of the best selections of wines and scotches on the peninsula. The Restaurant is one of only a few in the province to have a full time certified sommelier on staff available to consult with diners at their table in order to help with their selections.
Marieke Gow, the daughter of owners John and Tineke Gow is not only the Inn’s manager but is also the Twine Loft restaurant’s sommelier. She became passionate about wine as an undergrad studying in St. Pierre. Following graduation from Memorial (BA) her passion became her career path when she was accepted into Algonquin College’s Sommelier Program in 2008. The Algonquin Sommelier Program is an internationally-recognized program whose graduates include nationally celebrated wine writer Natalie Mclean as well as Stacey Metulynsky, host of the Food Network’s show “This Food That Wine”.
During her studies Marieke was one of a few chosen for an internship at Divino Wine Studio in Ottawa’s Little Italy. Antonio Mauriello, recently named “Wine Person of the Year” by the National Capital Sommelier Guild, personally trained Marieke during a 3 month program. After the internship she became the establishment’s sommelier and stayed on until graduating from the Sommelier Program with honours in 2009.
Since graduating Marieke has returned to Newfoundland and the family business as one of the province’s most highly trained sommeliers.
Her philosophy regarding her work is simple, create a list that works with the menu, pleases any type of palate and offer excellent choices no matter how much one wishes to spend or drink. Marieke can be found in the dining room on most nights, so don’t be shy to ask for her advice when you see her even if the only thing you know about wine is what you like and what you don’t!
During the six months the Inn is closed (Nov 1-May 1) Marieke takes time to visit and study wine regions of the world. During the winter of 2010-11 she visited the many great Canadian vineyards in Niagara, ON as well as wineries in New York State and Australia.
The Wine List
The list has been designed to offer a wide variety of wines from regions worldwide with bottle prices ranging from $28 to $295. White, red, rose, sparkling and dessert wines make their way onto the well considered list.
6 wines (3 whites and 3 reds) are available by the glass, each selected with the Twine Loft’s delicious menu items in mind. Smaller 350ml bottles of quality wines such as Bordeaux, premium Australian wines and sparkling wines such as Henkle Trochen and Veuve Cliquot are also found in our cellar, perfect for sharing between couples.
Unlike many other provinces in Canada, restaurants in Newfoundland may not re-cork unfinished wine bottles and allow diners to leave with them. However, our sommelier believes that one should enjoy their wine to the last drop while still consuming responsibly. As a result, a unique practice has been developed for couples and parties who wish to enjoy a wine only available by the bottle, but are unable to finish it. Guests may ask their server to hold and properly store their bottle for 24 hours so that they may return to enjoy it at a later time. This might mean returning on a sunny afternoon and enjoying the last glass on the deck or having it served at the dinner table if guests return for another meal. As there is no taxi service in the Trinity area this practice is especially helpful to diners who must drive back to surrounding communities at the end of the night.
The Newfoundland Liquor Cooperation does not allow for BYOB in restaurants. However, if you are planning a very special occasion and would like to enjoy a specific wine with your meal, please contact us ahead of time and ask for our sommelier. If it is not already on our list, but available in Eastern Newfoundland, our sommelier will do what she can to find it for you and have it ready to serve when you arrive for your meal! Please give at least two weeks notice for such requests as it might require sourcing from St. John’s.
The Scotch list features over 10 fine scotches including 15yr Highland Park, 12yr Lagavulin and Johnny Walker Blue Label. Our most expensive scotches are served to guests in our whisky glasses made by the World Famous Ridle Glass Company, perfectly shaped to enhance aromas and flavours as you drink. Irish, Canadian and American whiskies are also listed.
There is nothing better than sitting on the deck with a Martini, Cosmopolitan or Caesar mixed with Newfoundland made Iceberg Vodka.
The Twine Loft is proud to support local product and offers 6 beers from the Quidi Vidi Brewing Company brewed right here in Newfoundland. These beers come in a variety of styles including lagers, traditional ales, and cream ales and are an excellent match to Newfoundland cuisine.
Specialty Coffees,Teas & Liqueurs
Dinner shouldn’t end with dessert, but a good aperitif! Wind down from a long day of exploring the Trinity area with one of the Twine Loft’s many specialty hot drinks including Irish Coffee and Blueberry Tea or sip on a liqueur.
We will be ending the 2021 dining season on October 23rd. During the should season we will operate on evenings guests of our properties have pre-reserved or on evenings when we have a minimum of 5 guests pre-reserved (whether they are guests of the inn or not).
Join us for a multi-course evening meal by candlelight on the water’s edge in Trinity. The Twine Loft is recommended by Where to Eat in Canada and is one of the top restaurants on the Bonavista Peninsula. The evening dining experience includes a 3-course meal. Beverages and gratuities are not included. Price for 2021 season is $60 plus tax. Sittings are offered at 5:15pm and 8pm during the summer season and at 7pm during the shoulder season (May & October)