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Perth County

Hotel of the Week: Stewart House Inn—Stratford, Ontario

New, unique, iconic or just plain fabulous Canadian hotels we love, profiled every week!

By Sanam Islam

Photo: Irene Miller

Built in 1870, the Stewart House Inn combines old-world elegance with modern-day comforts. Surrounded by century-old black walnut and pine trees, the inn is on an acre of woodlands overlooking the Avon River parklands, yet is just two blocks from downtown Stratford. Owners Marc Armstrong and his wife Lynn Logie aim to create a high-end, five-star experience for guests, who have included veteran Stratford Shakespeare Festival thespian Christopher Plummer. Each day starts with a homemade gourmet, locally sourced breakfast and in-room silver coffee or tea service and ends with a personalized note and evening treat like cookies or fresh fruit. (more…)

Aaron and Bronwyn Linley of Bijou Restaurant, Stratford, ON

By Waheeda Harris

Aaron and Bronwyn met at Stratford Chefs School where they both graduated in 1996. They then worked, travelled and worked some more before returning to Stratford, Ontario, to open Bijou and raise their two children, Liam and Hazel.

Inspired by the neighbourhood bistros of France, the Linleys set out to create an atmosphere of comfort and originality, offering simple cooking at unimagined heights. Bijou’s menu—modern French with some Asian and Italian influences—is crafted by Aaron; it changes daily, enabling him to incorporate seasonal ingredients and concentrate on bringing the best possible food to the table. Bronwyn is the pastry chef, and has an equally watchful eye for detail.

What specialty dishes or local items do you recommend to visitors?

Aaron: Any product from Soiled Reputation, Montforte Dairy and elk products from Lyle Renecker

Bronwyn: Pork! Especially in Perth Country.

What’s your favourite place for a meal under $10 in Stratford?

Aaron: Perth County Co-op

Bronwyn: Pearl Sushi