Russell Manor Bed & Breakfast Bistro in Morrisburg Ontario – REVIEW by Jamie Gilcig – April 15, 2012

CFN –  There is so much more to dining than simple eating.  A rushed lunch is very different than a leisurely meal with loved ones or friends; where time disappears over the sounds and smells of a communal meal.

True dining in many areas is a declining experience in that less and less places of fine dining exist.  It’s more than simple good food; it’s the total experience; from the motif and design of the space, to the care and design of the menu, and of course, so important to the whole experience, the interaction with the staff and service.

Done right it’s a full experience from entrance to the last taste of dessert; and yes, good dining should always include a dessert.

100 years ago people would dress for dinner.   For dining.  There was a formality which time has all but eradicated.

The Russell Manor is a throw back to another era without being antiquated.   Lovingly restored, each room is an adventure with feelings that emote French Provincialism to the fonder hues of a Cajun Brothel.

The writer in me fell in complete love with Russell Manor.  I could get lost for a week with the feeling of writing something magical.   It’s designed in such a compartmentalized style that you can find nooks and crannies to disappear  in.   Of course  it’s a Bed and Breakfast so you could stay a week, or simply for a getaway.

I dined with my business partner Reg Coffey, and his charming wife Kathy.  With three entrees on the menu we each decided to try one.

We all started with the Chick pea and roasted tomato soup (with no cream or milk) which was rich with a hint of piquant; a lovely starter to prep the palette for what was to come.

I think I loved our salad most!   It wasn’t pretentious, but it was a lovely blend of baby spinach and basil leaves with drippings of bacon, candied walnuts and hints of flavors.   The slight wisps of steam from the warmed accouterments mixed with fresh crispness of the leaves, and hint of cinnamon from the walnuts  left me wanting more!

I had Ontario lamb chops, grilled & served with fresh herb gremolata, rice pilaf & seasonal vegetables.   The flavors were rich and evident.   I chose the cous cous instead of the rice.

I love that Michael and Ron focus on trying to access their foods locally.

Orange-curry Mariposa organic chicken breast with a pecan crust

Local organic Chicken and  Duck.  Magic!

Reg’s Confit duck leg, with slices of pan roasted duck breast, served over spinach & almond couscous, finished with a house made nectarine sauce was spectacular.

Dessert on our visit was too decadent to even share here.    Ron is the Chef; Michael served us expertly guiding us through each dish.   I hate when staff or ownership hover or try to direct people.  That was not the case here!

Again, good service, amazing food, and an ambiance that is so rare…

The Spring Menu; a 3-course meal with a choice of soup or salad, entree & dessert are all priced under $40!   Whether visiting Upper Canada Village or attending one of the Plays or musical events in Morrisburg Ontario it’s definitely worth the visit!

The Russell Manor is fully licensed.   There’s even a patio to enjoy Spring, Summer, and Fall.   They’re located at 36 First Street near the waterfront in Morrisburg Ontario.

Reservations are always recommended.   You can reach Michael and Ron at 613-543-3871 or 866-401-7472 (Toll free in North America)

Here are ratings for the Russell Manor Bed & Breakfast Bistro

Presentation 4.5

Value 4.0

Service 4.0

Zing & Wow 5.0

Overall 4.0  out of 5 Red Hats


  1. You had me at Cajun Brothel. Mrs. Wow! says we must eat there this summer with the kiddies.

  2. Forget the kiddies, stay the weekend and relive your wild impetuous hormone driven youth. Ron & Michael tell us the rooms are practically sound proof.

  3. I guess Kathy had the chicken breast…..

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