When I heard Dave had re-opened the Carlyle I had to come back and try it. My wife and I used to go to the Carlyle for dinner years ago. The restaurant and inn are in a heritage building that was a city dairy in it's original years. It looks quite stately on the corner of John and Augusta Streets. We went into the old dinning room because it's our favourite. It's decorated very nicely and has a warm atmosphere. The restaurant is a business casual to formal setting. I usually go suit and tie, but business casual still works.
I started with a pickled beet salad that was very tasty and well plated. For my main I ordered the 10 oz steak medium rare and that's how it arrived. It came with pomme dauphine (small fried breaded potato balls) and al dente mixed vegetables. The steak was tender and well seasoned, if not a little peppery. I like pepper so it suited me fine. As for the pomme dauphine, I would prefer either garlic mashed or roasted potatoes. That doesn't mean the pomme dauphine wasn't good. It's just not my first choice for a nice steak. My wife ordered the chicken kiev and loved it. I had a little taste and it was tender, juicy and well seasoned.
I knew from years past that Dave made his own desserts from scratch. After checking with our server to ensure that was still the case we ordered ameretto cheese cake and carrot cake with lemon cream cheese icing. The desserts were very good.
Our server was very attentive and made our visit very enjoyable. This was certainly the Carlyle I remembered.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Carlyle Inn and Bistro is a boutique hotel recently reopened by original owners, Dave and Jeanne Henderson, with 10 refurbished spacious rooms and a fully licensed restaurant, lounge and seasonal patio. Originally built as the Bank of Upper Canada in 1857 it has many architectual details which add to its charm. We are open year round. Located in the heart of downtown Port Hope (70 miles East of Toronto). We are a minutes walking distance to the Capitol Theatre, Antique shops and Specialty stores. Come and enjoy our friendly atmosphere, a stroll along the Waterfront Trail, shopping and antiquing, golf, great local yearly events and much much more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Carlyle Inn And Bistro Port Hope, Ontario