Dining: Frequently Asked Questions
Are recreational facilities available for dining visitors?
Most recreation facilities are reserved for overnight guests and this policy is strictly enforced. We do however offer some recreation programming and activities to outside guests for a fee. Dining visitors are always welcome to walk the grounds and play the lawn games. If you have your pet with you, please assure that they are kept out of all licensed areas.
Do you have packages without meals?
While most overnight guests are on the Briars Signature Getaway full meal package, others may choose a modified package without lunch, a package with room and breakfast, or room only. Please inquire with our reservationist if you do not find the package you desire online.
Are meals served from a menu or are they buffets?
Breakfast is often a buffet but à la carte is also offered at times. Inquire at booking time. For lunch, there is an à la carte menu, as well as often a choice of a buffet. Dinner is our à la carte menu unless otherwise indicated on some special occasions such as Christmas Eve. Drinkwater's Lounge serves an à la carte menu daily from 11:30 am to 9:00 pm.
What times are meals served?
The meal times vary depending on the season and may vary for certain days or occasions. Please confirm the times when booking accommodations.
- Breakfast Dining Room: Spring/Summer/Fall 8 -9:30 am (Sat/Sun 8 - 10 am); Winter 8:30 - 9:30 am (Sat/Sun 8:30 - 10 am)
- Early Breakfast for Golf/Fishing/Travel: Please see your dining room supervisor prior to 8 pm the evening before to arrange a special early delivery to your room or one of our lounges.
- Later Continental Breakfast in Drinkwater's: 9:30 - 11 am (Sat/Sun 10 - 11 am): please go to the Dining Room and see the supervisors and they will arrange for your special continental breakfast to be served in Drinkwater's.
- Lunch Dining Room: 12 - 1:30 pm in the Dining Room
- Dinner Dining Room: Spring/Summer/Fall 6 - 8 PM (Fri/Sat 6 -8:30 PM); Winter* 6 -7:30 PM (Fri/Sat 6 - 8 PM)
- Drinkwaters Lounge: 11:30 AM - 9:00 PM (Fri/Sat 11:30 AM - 9:30 PM)
- Drinkwaters offers lunchtime patio service during the summer.
*During quiet periods midweek when there are fewer guests, all meals are often served fireside in Drinkwater's with white linen and full menus. On those evenings the Lounge may close early when guests have finished their evening.
*Winter hours are mid-October to mid-April.
What is your dress code?
Daytime wear is sporty or casual. Spa robes are welcome in Drinkwater's and on the patio. For dinner in the dining room, we suggest smart casual.
Where can I smoke while I am in The Briars dining room?
The Briars inside is smoke-free. A section of the lawn outside the dining rooms and Drinkwater's Lounge is available for smoking. And, of course, there is the out-of-doors-and lots of it!
Can you look after vegetarians?
We have a selection of vegetarian items available at all times as well as a vegetarian special every night. Please see the menus.
What meals are included in my package?
Please check which meals are included. Our Signature Getaway includes dinner, breakfast and lunch. Our Bed and Breakfast Getaway includes breakfast. Our room only package has no meals included. Modified packages are also available.
Do I need to stay at The Briars to eat there?
We welcome visitors who are not staying with us to Drinkwater's' Lounge and our main dining room (reservations required for this restaurant). Banquets and parties of 10 or more should contact our Catering Department at Martha@briars.ca.
Can you look after my food allergy?
Most allergies can be handled on our regular menu. In the case of severe allergies, (i.e. those resulting in anaphylactic shock) please inform the reservationist when booking and confirm that we are able to handle your particular allergy or set of allergies. Also, please re-confirm with the dining room host or hostess upon arrival.
Do you have a children’s menu?
We have a children's menu; children may also choose from the main menu. Families with small children usually sit together in the Coach House Dining Room; this allows both parents and other guests a chance to relax.
Do you offer private dining?
We do offer private dining for groups. Contact our team for arrangements!