While it is understandable why summer is at the top of many people’s favourite time of year, I personally believe that there is no better time in Canada than fall; it’s when the sweltering summer humidity finally evens out to a beautiful warm evening, and the colours of nature become the most vibrant. If you ask around, I think you’ll find that I’m not the only one who thinks this – after all, was it not our most famous redhead, Anne Shirley, who boldly declared “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”! In a country where we struggle to have good weather, where winter, snow and rain tend to outstay their welcome, it is understandable that we want to make the most of the warmth that we do have. Whether it is spring, summer or fall the last thing that anyone wants to do when the outdoors are calling us is to huddle inside, not even for the eating of meals!
Enter Rockwood’s hidden gem: the patio at Chompin At The Bit. The what? Yes, you heard me correctly. If you’re looking for a patio to have that perfect fall drink, then look no further than Rockwood’s own Chompin At The Bit, on Main Street. If you’re still wondering how you missed this, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Chompin At The Bit is the only restaurant in Rockwood that has a patio, and as it is tucked away between their building and the one next to it, it is not exactly visible from the road. A lot of people don’t realize that it’s there, but now that I’ve told you, you have no excuse. It is time to come down and check it out! Whether you’re in the area for a horse show, an event, or just driving around, now is the time to make this your next stop.
Sandwiched between two buildings might seem like a bit of an odd choice – patios, after all, are usually along store fronts and open sidewalks – but a lot of thought went into this placement. Think about all those open sidewalk patios you’ve been on, what are you looking at? Roads, parking lots, office buildings or dirt is the likely answer. Conversely, framed by the sleek painted wall of the neighbouring building, and the large garage doors which merge the outside with the inside of the restaurant, Chompin At The Bit’s patio has a soft secluded ambiance that is emphasized by gorgeous vibrant plants and gentle music. It’s the perfect combo to enjoy their locally sourced meals prepared by any of the five certified chefs in the kitchen. Strongly recommended are their famous Texas Longhorn beef burgers, but anything from either their summer (June-October) or winter (November-May) menus is sure to delight.
Despite what you may think, given its “tucked away” location, Chompin At The Bit’s patio actually allows for a lovely blend of sunny and shady spots – a balance which actually shifts throughout the day, as the sun moves, meaning that you can choose one spot to get a beautiful blend of both. I don’t know about you, but I know that one of their tables, and one of their locally sourced beers or alcoholic beverages, already has my name on it. I can’t wait to enjoy any of the live evening bands or the Sunday afternoon acoustic guitar (right on the patio) which they are hoping to get started soon. In fact, events such as live music, promos, daily specials and contests or giveaways are other things that Chompin At The Bit is known for. You’ll definitely want to keep your eye on their website, chompinatthebit.ca, to keep up-to-date with all of the latest information, and plan your next visit.
So again, if you do happen to be passing through Rockwood on a fall outing or are just looking for an enjoyable and tasty way to spend an afternoon or evening, you should drop in and get your table on the patio now. While they’ll happily make arrangements for a larger party to rent the patio, they do prefer reservations. When it comes to their patio, let me tell you, it’s going to fill up fast. So, don’t delay, come on along, and if we’re lucky, we’ll see each other on the patio. Enjoy the fall colours with us!
Written by: Jillian Kent | Photography: Cory Bruyea