Patio Season in Elgin County

Welcome to the next edition of “Elginsider: The Inside Scoop”, where each week a staff member from Elgin County Economic Development & Tourism will share the inside scoop on life in Elgin County!

The end of patio season is quickly approaching. Labour Day is on the horizon, so get out there and enjoy the sunshine while it’s still here in Elgin County! Did you know Elgin County is full of beautiful, unique patios that offer exceptional farm to table fare? Well, you’re about to find out! I’ve decided to highlight some of the patios located along Lake Erie’s north shore.

Talbotville Berry Farm Market

Talbotville Berry Farm Market is literally taking local to a whole new level! Their patio has been a huge hit since it recently opened in June. This is the perfect patio to unwind and enjoy a farm to table charcuterie boards, Lake Erie perch, smash burgers, and much more. Don’t forget to order an ice-cold drink! Although I haven’t been to their patio yet, it’s at the very top of my list.

Kettle Creek Inn

Dine on the patio with the Vedova family at the Kettle Creek Inn. You can even sit under the gazebo or on the front porch while admiring the beauty of their lush gardens. Feel the lake breeze as you indulge in their new menu that features local produce from the lake and land. This patio is well worth the drive!

Solo on Main

Prepare to be amazed while dining on SoLo on Main’s patio. The view is a sunset lovers' dream as it overlooks the Port Stanley Harbour. What more could you ask for? Lake Erie perch is also caught just right outside their front door. To top it off, they often host live music on their patio during the week. Make sure to try one of their creative cocktails!

Windjammer Inn

Taste a small piece of culinary heaven on the Windjammer Inn’s patio. Owner and chef, Kim Saunders, features a seasonal menu and specials, straight from the local farm network in Elgin County. The Windjammer Inn recently became Feast On certified. The certification program recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario grown and made food and drink. You’ll feel like you’re on ‘lake time’ while dining here.

GT’s On The Beach

The name of this beachside patio says it all! It’s a must-visit to cap off your summer here in Elgin County! GT’s On The Beach offers a wide variety of delicious food, drinks, and of course, their dessert nachos! (Turtle is my favourite!) Enjoy live music on the weekends while soaking up the sun at this beach bar. Good times are to be had here.

Take A Bite Social Eatery, Tall Tales Café, and Two Forks are some other patios to check out before the summer comes to an end. There’s a patio for every type of occasion here in Elgin County. They’ll be ‘shore’ to please all of your outdoor dining needs!

Stay tuned for the next edition of “Elginsider: The Inside Scoop”!


Megan Shannon
Tourism Services Coordinator