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“The best of Aussie ... In the Heart of Hockley”
Review of Mono Cliffs Inn

Mono Cliffs Inn
Ranked #7 of 121 Restaurants in Orangeville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 18, 2013

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!

2  Thank trinations
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Hands down the best pub I've been to in the world. No joke. I go about every 3 months and take a different guest with me. Wayne is the most entertaining and gracious host. He always remembers you. If you are looking fir a great date place from anywhere in the GTA I highly recommend this pub.

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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Really quaint location in the Mono Hills close to hiking trails at Mono Cliffs Provincial park.
Visited for lunch on family Day 2013 as is was about half way between Toronto and Barrie and was convenient for rendezvous. Service was great. We had placed a special order with the chef prior to arriving as one of our party had dietary restrictions. It was handled gracefully. Lunch menu included hearty fare (short ribs) and brunch food (omlettes) as well as many fish and pasta dishes. Food was well prepared, presented and very tasty. Rustic cottage decor.
I will go back, perhaps for dinner next time or after a walk in the woods.

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1  Thank CheltCooks
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

We love this laid back restaurant and pub. It is good for the soul. I regret placing this review because I don't want to give up this secret special place. Only suggestion is that you call ahead. They are not always open...but that's part of the charm. Relaxed.

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3  Thank lynn2Toronto
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

Brightened up a winter's afternoon. We enjoy the casual atmosphere. The menu board had some interesting and varied choices. I had the beef stroganoff with basmati rice. Very delicious tender beef with tiny mushrooms and gerkins made for a lovely lunch in the country.

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