We recently dined at the Mono Cliffs Inn, a group of friends who were fortunate enough to book the "Cellar" room.
It's a private space alongside the Peter Sellers Pub (more on that in a moment). You are literally, and wonderfully, surrounded by a large selection of well priced, and quite outstanding, Aussie vintages. It's a great environment in which to experience the exceptional service that you will soon associate with the MCI!
On this particular night our host was Theresa, with a few visits from the Cliff's owner, Carole... as well as Wayne, the pub master and, frankly, the master of hospitality magic at the MCI.
Theresa was a wonderful, and thoughtful, guide to both the wines and the menu... In both cases she "hit it out of the park", with superb recommendations that left every one of the seven of us "wowed".
Carole's Aussie heritage, and her Aussie charm, showed through with the most succulent rack of lamb this side of Tasmania!
The barbecued pear salad spoke to the care that the chef obviously takes in making this not only a great meal, but a truly memorable one. The Arctic char, with seared scallops, spoke to an appreciation of tender preparation. The escargot showed this is a menu as diverse and refined as it is tasty!
The bottom line, this is a warm hearted gourmet meal, in a tiny village, just a few minutes drive from the Hockley Valley (and about ten minutes further from Orangeville)... It really is outstanding!... But wait, there's more!
Drum roll... I mentioned Wayne, and no review of the Mono Cliff's Inn is complete without a hearty endorsement of the star attraction, Wayne, and the 'Peter Sellers Pub"... this is where he holds court, bringing together locals and visitors in a tiny, yet generous space... where old friends and new friends are indistinguishable, sharing tables and benches and stories and (plenty) of smiles... I have never known such a warmly social space, and it's entirely due to Wonderful Wayne!... Seriously it's worth the drive to experience his hospitality alone!!
But, in the ideal world, there's room for it all... a drink and a light bite with Wayne ... and then a wonderful gourmet experience with the rest of this very special team... Or perhaps eat first and then head downstairs to the pub to round out the night.
I mentioned we ate in the private cellar room, and it's great... But equally good is the main dining room upstairs, this is the heart of the MCI... so whether you are "upstairs" or "downstairs" ... I can guarantee this will be a meal, and a good time, to remember... Get in your car and head there now!