Guide Book Reviews

Where to Eat in Canada 2017-2018

Trinity is the oldest settlement in Newfoundland. Sir Richard Whitbourne held the first Admiralty Court here in 1616, just two years after Champlain founded Port Royal. The parish Church of St. Paul dates from 1734 and the rest of the town looks much as it did two centuries ago. The wine Loft has a lovely setting, overlooking Fisher Cove from a restored fishing loft next to the Artisan Inn. They have a licensed deck where after three 0’clock you can sample one of the best selections of wines and spirits in the province. Marieke Gow is a trained sommelier and in the offseason, she travels the world in search of the right wines at the right price. She and her mother, Tineke, who is responsible for the Twine Loft’s fine antiques, charm every visitor. Unfortunately, this has brought them so many travellers that they’ve to shorten their hours and cut back on the music that used to be such an important part of the place. The menu changes from day to day. There are always a number of vegetarian dishes, for which there’s an increasing demand. Two chefs work in an open kitchen, using garden greens and rhubarb from the kitchen garden for their famous rhubarb-custard tarts. Cod comes straight from the sea and wild blueberries come from the surrounding fields. Diners still speak of the beer- braised lamb, the salmon with hazelnuts and the partridge-berry pudding with hot rum-butter sauce. The Twine Loft is only a few minutes from the Summer Theatre, and they guarantee that you’ll get there before the curtain rises.

Fodor’s: Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada:

Campbell House B&B – Artisan House: Owner Tineke Gow oversees this complex in the heart of Trinity.  The mid -19th-century Campbell House is decorated with antiques and has low ceilinged, light-filled rooms and a two-bedroom suite.  The beds here are so comfortable you may not want to leave them, but there’s much to see around Trinity. Artisan House includes guest rooms and a working artist’s studio.  The Twine Loft Restaurant offers fine dining by reservation.  Though there’s no elevator, there’s a wheelchair-friendly ground-floor apartment

The Rough Guide to Canada:

Trinity boasts several appealing B&Bs, foremost of which is the Campbell House…in a handsome Victorian building at 49 High St. It has three double rooms, all en-suite, and the breakfasts are first-class delicacies as partridgeberry crepes…The best restaurant in town is the Twine Loft

Lonely Planet:

The upscale restaurant of the Artisan Inn serves a three-course, prix-fixe meal of local specialities, with wonderful seafood and wine selections guided by an in-house sommelier. Reservations are necessary, but you can also stop by for a sunset drink on the deck. Check the daily menu posted out front.