The Bell Homestead Cafe, BrantfordMonday, July 22, 2013
While discovering Canadian heritage throughout Hamilton Halton Brant, our customized itinerary lead us to some quaint dining locations worthy of royalty. After visiting the HMCS Haida National Historic Site with my daughter, I picked up my friend in the new 2013 Infiniti JX35 as part of a VIP guest drive and made our way over to Brantford, Ontario. Our first stop: The Bell Homestead Cafe for a complimentary lunch.
Nestled within the picturesque Bell Homestead National Historic Site, the Homestead Cafe is like a hidden treasure waiting to be discovered. The restaurant is located in a cozy historic home amidst ten acres of land adorned with period-style rural perennials and herb gardens, overlooking the Grand River. This historic site is well-known for being the "dreaming place" of Alexander Graham Bell, the innovator who invented the telephone.
The grounds are nicely maintained and tours are provided by staff dressed in 19th century garb. There is also a picnic area available for use from May to late Autumn.
Once inside the Homestead Cafe, guests will delight in the warm ambiance of the Victorian tea room setting. A respectable menu coupled with friendly service made for a truly enjoyable lunch shared by friends of old.
Of course, we could not pass up on the chance to enjoy a cup o' tea served in fine china to help wash down our delectable desserts: freshly baked lemon meringue pie and the best carrot cake I have ever had. I kid you not.
We also left with a lovely parting gift from Brantford Tourism, the perfect memento of our short stay.
It would have been nice to stay longer and explore the museum but we were both anxious to continue on to Paris, our starting point for a rafting trip with Grand River Rafting.
If you plan on taking the family to explore this historic site, admission fees range from $4.50 for students to $6.25 for adults. Children 6 years and under are free. Be sure to download your Canadian Heritage Passport which will grant you 2 for 1 admission at Bell Homestead National Historic Site as well as other sites such as the HMCS Haida, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and many more.
Disclosure: This post is one in a series highlighting family-friendly heritage and outdoor experiences in Hamilton Halton Brant, for which we received complimentary access and special perks. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.