Whenever I travel through Exeter, I try to arrange my schedule so that I can stop at Eddington’s – a restaurant that serves some of the most scrumptious food I have ever tasted. Chef and owners of the restaurant is very dedicated to working with local food producers and is even certified through Feast On, a provincial program through the Culinary Tourism Association. James works with over 20 local producers and many of them are from within 25 kilometers of his business. The unique flavours that this restaurant creates are a true representation of the terroir.
Housed in a beautiful Victorian style remodeled house, Eddington’s has been open for over 20 years and offers amazing fine dining options. James is passionate about food and really enjoys creating recipes for his menus. Last time I was in, I had the beef sandwich with fries. The braised boneless beef rib, paired with aged Blyth farm cheese, braised onions and roasted garlic aioli was tremendous. The beef was extremely tender and the aux jus for dipping has a wonderful flavour. I paired the meal with a glass of “Unapologetically Red Sinful” from Dark Horse Estate winery, which just happens to be located just a few miles to the west near Grand Bend! It was a great, easy to drink wine that was perfect with the beef.
Of course, when eating out, the experience isn’t just about the food. Our entire meal was a great experience, we were kindly met at the door, shown to our table, told the specials of the day and then water was brought to the table very promptly. James holds customer service to a very important part of his business. Whenever we had a question, our waitress always had the answer and if she didn’t she would go back and ask the chef.
Over the past few years James has diversified his business by adding various upgrades and specialties to his restaurant. James has introduced Live music on the patio and it goes along really well with a local craft beer and some pizza – or any of the wonderful fare really! There are also specialty dinners including prime rib, fundraisers, craft beer nights, pizza nights and more. He even has been taking people on trips around the world to give culinary tours in various countries, this year he is headed to the south of France on a sold out tour. Over the past year or so James has also installed a dog run, people can bring their dogs, drop them off at the back of the restaurant and then go into the restaurant for a great meal.
If you are touring through the south part of Huron County make sure to stop by Eddington’s of Exeter. James always has something new and unique that he is cooking up in the kitchen and the friendly atmosphere is great. They are located at 527 Main Street South and if you are looking for more information visit: http://eddingtons.ca/