UPDATE: Spring is finally here! (we hope). Things sure have not been easy with all the snow we had this year, and now with all the flooding. We had originally planned to be open at the beginning of April 2014, but due to unforeseen circumstances, plans have changed. We do apologise for any inconvenience. We have been working very hard doing renovations and The Bell Inn is looking great! Unfortunately due to these renovations, we have not been able to keep on schedule with our original plan to open in April. We were really hoping to open our doors for Easter weekend, but that's unfortunately not going to happen. We are now striving for the first week of May, and would very much like to be open for mother's day.
We are working alongside the Westmorland Historic Society and lots of amazing changes are happening at the Bell Inn Restaurant! We are putting fresh coats of paint on all the walls in the dining rooms, as well as the kitchen downstairs, and service kitchens. We have new floors in the kitchen downstairs, as well as the coffee/dishwashing kitchen. We have added new countertops to the coffee/dishwasher service kitchen, along with a brand new dishwasher, that should be installed early next week. This should make things much more efficient for all of us. If all goes according to plan, we should be starting to take reservations for mother's day at the end of April. Our new ice cream machine has arrived and we are very excited to share our Artisan Ice cream with everyone this spring/summer! We will do our best to keep you posted, and as soon as we have an opening date, it will be posted here on the website, as well as on our facebook page. Thank you so much to everyone for their continued support and patience. We look forward to seeing you very soon!
Welcome to the Historic Bell Inn Restaurant
We are Andrew Harrison and Sara Craig, and we are so excited to have just purchased the bell Inn Restaurant, located in historic Dorchester NB. We are renting the beautiful Bell Inn from the Westmorland historical society and we look forward to working with them as well!
A little bit about Andrew and Sara: We met at the Culinary Institute of Canada in Charlottetown PEI in 2001, where we graduated from the 2 year Culinary Arts Program. We have been best friends ever since and we recently got engaged. After graduating we moved to Victoria British Columbia to expand our culinary careers and learn as much as we could to gain experience so we could eventually have our own restaurant. That day has finally arrived and we couldn't be more excited to share all we have learned with all of you! We are so very fortunate to be moving back home to the East coast and quite literally, our dreams are coming true! We hope you will join us in this transition and help us live our dreams to the fullest. We have so many amazing plans for this restaurant and here are just a few of our many goals and aspirations:
We look forward to supporting the local farms, fisheries and suppliers to help make our menu the best it can be! We plan to serve comforting and classic east coast cuisine, with a modern twist, using simple, fresh and high quality ingredients. There will be a new menu, with many of the old Bell Inn favorites-including “Turkey Dinner”, “French onion Soup”, “Lobster Roll Plate” and more, and of course it wouldn't be the Bell Inn without “Butterscotch Pie”!
For those who wish to enjoy a beverage with their meal, the Bell Inn will soon- for the first time- be acquiring a liquor license and will be offering local wines as well as quality local beer. We plan to support local vineyards and microbreweries and we plan to bring you the best that the region has to offer!
We will also accommodate those who have food and dietary restrictions, by offering gluten free, dairy free sugar free etc. as well as vegetarian/vegan options. If anyone has a dietary restriction, we will be glad to accommodate and adjust a menu item as best as we can, or create something to fit their individual needs. There will be healthy menu items offered, without compromising flavor, along with hearty and classic items to cater to all dinners. We will also offer many of our dishes in smaller portions for seniors or those with a smaller appetite. There will also be a new kids menu that will have everything from “classic mac n cheese” to “pizza fingers” and even a “kids salmon dinner”. All kid’s meals are served with choice of veggies and dip or steamed seasonal vegetables and then “ice cream Sundays” for dessert. We want the Bell Inn to have a “Family Feel" and we want everyone to feel welcome and we will do our best to have a “favorite dish” for every person of any age.
We will be bringing new and exciting flavors to our menus as well as great beverages to go along with the food, and we will do this with the help of the local farmers, fisheries, vintners and brew masters. The “Farm to Table” concept will be implemented and we hope that in doing this, we will inspire others to do the same. We plan to support the community in any way we can, so we will also be displaying the works of local artists and photographers on our walls. These items will be available for purchase to our customers. If you are an artist or photographer, or know of one who would be interested in displaying their works, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We plan to re-open the Bell Inn mid April 2014 (no date as of yet, so much to do!) and we hope you will join us for a meal very soon! We will keep you posted on what’s going as best as we can, so keep checking this website for updates and new menu items etc. Soon there will also be a Facebook page as well as a twitter page and even our very own Blog, where you can read about our recipes, our farmers and much much more! We will be in the building beginning in March 2014, so please feel free to stop by and say “hi”. You can also email us at the email address I posted above and we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon!
You can also visit us on Facebook:www.facebook.com/bellinndorchester
(currently closed for the season, but will re-open in April 2014)
Wednesday - Sunday 11:00AM - 7:00PM
Monday & Tuesdays Closed
For reservations and inquiries, please call (506) 379-2580 (after march 1st 2014 or email email@example.com anytime)