Old description of THE OLD MILL RESTAURANT

 

 

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The Old Mill Restaurant is a place of delight. Like a jewel in a perfect setting, it nestles in a hollow beside the old stone bridge that spans the Humber River on the westerly outskirts of the City of Toronto. Above it tower the gray lichen-covered stone walls of the Old Mill itself, that to-day is nothing but a memory of an activity that is past. The Old Mill stream that in the Autumn floats the golden maple leaves down to Lake Ontario ripples softly as though it is whispering of a day that is gone and a happy future that is to come.

The Old Mill Restaurant -is built of the stone that comes ice-borne down the Humber River in the winter-time. Year by year as more and more people have grown to appreciate its unique charm and beauty, it has been added to after the fashion of the old mansions in Europe. So skilfully, though, has this gradual growth been achieved by the architects, that it is difficult to-day to tell where the building began and where it has ended. Inside it is a place of polished flagstones, old oak beams and broad fire-places, whose blazing logs are reflected on
the splendid polished dance floor and in a thousand relics of olden times.

It is no exaggeration to say that as a restaurant the building is unique. Since 1914 our friends have been returning again and again to revel in this background teeming with mellow memories of Etienne Brule who first descended. the St. John River in 1615 and of Governor Simcoe who later changed the name to the Humber River. Year by year and piece by piece has been collected a veritable museum of early Humber history. It was this Old Mill on the Humber River that inspired Wilson Mac Donald, the famous Canadian poet, to write the lines appearing overleaf.

When one adds to this a staff of old-time waiters, a chef who once cooked for King Alfonso in the Royal kitchens of Madrid, delightful wines, and food that comes fresh from the farm, one presents a program of attraction that nobody coming to Toronto can afford to lightly pass by

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