Sure, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to food, authentic recipes make for a more delicious meal. Native Brit Jonathan Dobbs is the head chef at British Arms Pub, where he's filled the menu with dishes such as mini Yorkshire puddings paired with roast beef and a 10-12-ounce Harp-battered haddock served with fresh cut chips, peas, and homemade tartare sauce. Locals can sip on Harp and Kilkenny cream ale while watching Premier League games or live musicians who gather around the fireplace nightly.
Upstairs is Ascent Lounge, a more contemporary space with bright blue walls, Cubist prints, and a backlit bar. It's reserved exclusively for private events or really fancy alone time, and has full-bar service as well as a distinct menu designed by an executive chef.
With tasteful, subdued décor and floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the space in natural light, Tip and Sip Café paints the cozy picture of a friendly neighbourhood coffee shop. It's breakfast menu brightens morning commutes with savoury plates such as the full breakfast ($5.97)—two eggs, three pieces of bacon or sausage, signature home fries, and toast—as well as handheld treats including fresh-baked muffins ($2.65) and cinnamon buns ($1.77). Keep a clean conscience with fair-trade and organic coffee ($1.33–$1.77) and teas ($1.51) from the drink list, or indulge in specialties such as the pickpocket-free London Fog and the steaming cappuccino ($3.54–$4.56). Come midday, assorted sandwiches ($4.42), a 7-ounce hamburger ($6.46), and classic poutine ($5.97) help balance out lunch plans with the consummate skill of a retired circus seal.
ITALIAN RESTAURANT...WITH A GREAT WINE LIST AND PATIO...THE SERVICE IS ABOVE AND BEYOND....WHY WAIT IN LINE AT A FRANCHISE RESTAURANT WHEN YOU CAN SUPPORT A LOCAL SMALL ESTABLISHMENT..WE APPRECIATE ALL THE BUSINESS...AND WE REALLY VALUE IT...THANK YOU..
Beaches Fine Market Grill is Barrie's newest casual dining restaurant. The bright decor, accented by driftwood, sand , slate and contemporary photos of Barrie's lakefront, reflects a Canadian Beach theme consistent with the location. Savour delicately flavoured dishes, always prepared fresh to order.
Caddy's Steakhouse caters to both diners and dancers, spotlighting a menu of hearty, meat-centric fare and a 1950s-style dance floor. Raise the curtain on a feast for the senses with a treat of baked escargots ($7.99) or calamari fritti with a kiss of orange marmalade ($8.99). Hungry carnivores can feast on the kitchen's signature prime rib, a tender meat slab slow roasted to maximize flavour, succulence, and fork grip ($23.99). Four types of pork schnitzel engage appetites, from the hunter's version smothered in a portobello-mushroom-peppercorn sauce ($16.99) to the German-style that sports lederhosen and a topper of fried eggs and capers ($15.99).
Resting on the shore of Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie Rowing Club prepares budding rowers with a hands-on introductory tutorial and training program on a dry rowing machine. The two-hour Taste of Rowing program commences with a series of how-to videos and an instructive chat with the head coach as paddlers snack on complimentary food. Participants can practice on a four-person Erg Dryland rowing machine, and the last one to get bucked off wins a mechanical bull. After an insightful boathouse tour, club members guide students with useful next steps for securing a spot in a boat and befriending direction-savvy narwhals. The Barrie Rowing Club boasts 20 kilometres of rowable waves and a new dock that is specially designed for handicapped athletes.