CBN Dinner Series: Wellington Brewery at The Grove

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012


For this event in the Canadian Beer News Dinner Series, we presented an evening of UK-influenced beer and food, as the classic ales of Guelph’s Wellington Brewery were paired with the modern English cuisine of chef Ben Heaton and his team at The Grove, one of Toronto’s most critically acclaimed new restaurants.

This event was also part of the 3rd annual Toronto Beer Week, a nine day celebration of beer and brewing that took place at bars, pubs and restaurants throughout the city from September 14th to 22nd, 2012.


Cauliflower puffs, curry
Beef tartare, toast
Chips, housemade ketchup
Wellington County Dark Ale

1st Course
Parsley root soup, snails, bacon, fried bread
Wellington Special Pale Ale

2nd Course
Mackerel, beetroot, horseradish, rye
Wellington Trailhead Lager

3rd Course
Beef, oyster, leeks, watercress
Wellington Imperial Russian Stout

Ginger cake, custard, orange cream
Wellington Iron Duke Strong Ale


Wellington Brewery was founded in the spring of 1985 to produce English-style real ales for the Ontario market. These cask-conditioned ales are naturally carbonated, served at cellar temperature, and drawn by a hand pump, much like the ales Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington would have enjoyed. 27 years later, draught kegs, bottles and cans have joined casks in the line-up, but Wellington still remains committed to producing beer of the highest quality in small batches with natural ingredients.

The Grove is a contemporary English restaurant located near Dundas West and Ossington, the hub of one of Toronto’s most vibrant and adventurous neighbourhoods for food and drink. Opened in April of this year by partners Richard Reyes and Ben Heaton, it has been hailed by many critics as one of the city’s best new restaurants of 2012.

Canadian Beer News is a website dedicated exclusively to coverage of Canada’s beer and brewing industry. Presenting news and information with minimal editorializing, CBN features announcements of new beer releases, brewery openings and closures, news about festivals and events, and other information from breweries all across the country.

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