Jim, the heart of the kitchen, has spent hundreds of mornings chatting with guests, often the same guests, day after day, and week after week... Long before the internet and facebook were even invented, the Craftsman was the place where people in the community would come to visit, connect, share, and laugh. The food has always been great, of course, but it was just one part of the larger recipe. The other ingredients have always been friendliness, inclusion, a great staff that are more like family than employees, and a focus on being real. We know, from all the messages, cards, gifts, comments, and hugs throughout the years that we’re appreciated. But as much as you appreciate us, we appreciate you, even more. Thank you for bringing us your business over the last 32 years. Even more, thank you for your friendship, and for contributing to our small town community.
Every year for the past few years we've said, "oh, this is probably our last year open. It's just about time to retire." The winds of change have been whispering to us for some time, but now they've gotten loud enough that we can't ignore them any longer. We're retiring. It's true. But like so many things in life it's a process. Because the Craftsman hasn't just been our job, or just been our business. No, no, it's been so much more: it's also been our home. Our staff and regular customers feel like family. We've lived here on the property for over three decades. We have roots here that run deep. While we've been eyeing retirement for some time now, it hasn't felt right to just up and leave. We LOVE the Craftsman, and moving on is hard! So what does it all mean? What now? The short answer: we're not really sure. The longer answer: we're waiting for a sign.
There's nothing better than waking up and having someone make you a hot delicious breakfast! Bonus points for a perfect cup of coffee! Here at the Craftsman, we're a bit obsessed with breakfast. From our Early Burger topped with a fried egg, to the selection of Eggs Benedict, to French Toast with berries and ice cream, we put the O! in Morning!
'Real Food for Real People' has been our motto for years. That's why we serve the same tasty quality meals that we ourselves enjoy. We do our best to prepare our food in-house using natural products without all kinds of additives. We believe in sustainability and the slow food movement, which combines a respect for culinary pleasures and protection of food-culture and agricultural biodiversity around the world.
Did you know that our burgers are 100% Canadian ground beef? That’s why they taste so darn good! Each week we take 6 oz of fresh Canadian ground beef and honour it with a new combination of fresh, inspired toppings. You can stay current on our featured burger by following us on twitter.
We’re a thoughtful bunch around here, and we stand behind our values. We have our own Food Philosophy, but we also feel strongly about: Authenticity, Community, and Respect. 'Real food for real people' has been our motto for years. That means we take pride in the meals we serve our guests, using sustainable wholesome ingredients . But it also means we take pride in how we treat our guests.
We love where we live. And the other folks who live, cottage, and visit here love it, too. There's so much to do and see. This page is certainly not a complete list of attractions and events, but here are a few of our favorite things:
There's something magical about North Hastings - the rolling hills, clean air, dense forests, sparkling lakes and rich minerals come together to make one of the most beautiful places in the world! This place rejuvenates the soul, instills a sense of peace, and lifts the spirit. No wonder so many creative and interesting people choose to spend their time here.
We feel so privileged to call North Hastings home, and welcome you to come see why. There is nowhere else we'd rather be than right here in Ontario's beautiful cottage country. Known as Ontario's Most Talented Town, and the Mineral Capital of Canada, Bancroft is an incredibly vibrant hub for the area. See it for yourself right here.
By Melanie Chambers, Published by The Spoked Traveller — Ramona stares out the window and pauses before answering my questions about The Craftsman Restaurant that is going on 26-years-old in December. It’s a cottage country institution and she’s ruminating about how things have changed since the beginning. (Located on highway 28 South in Paudash– the small town just before Bancroft). Breakfast: smoked salmon burrito with capers and homefries. Drool.
By Dan Rubinstein, En Route Magazine — Perched on a hill above the highway, Craftsman looks like a little yellow house. Inside, with a plate of lightly breaded Lake Erie perch, a bottle of Ontario’s Church Key pale ale and a guy on a guitar in the corner covering Blue Rodeo and Gordon Lightfoot songs, the Craftsman feels like home.
Mr. Thomson’s dining room has always had a nice relaxing vibe, with views of our gardens. We always thought, though, that it would be lovely to add some nice lamps and curtains, and a bit of new art. So we met up with the immensely creative Dianne Eastman, of ‘Dianne Eastman ReDesign.’ Such fun we had! We told Dianne about all our ideas – many of which had gone through several incarnations through the years...
By Nate Smelle, Bancroft This Week — The husband and wife team have owned the Craftsman restaurant near Bancroft for more than 28 years. The Craftsmans motto speaks for itself ìReal Food for Real People. In that time they have strived to make the food they sell more sustainable every year. “I am very careful what food I bring into my kitchen and how it is prepared,” said Thomson. “I am very careful to stay informed and only bring sustainable products into my kitchen, and will remove any product from the menu that I feel no longer meets our sustainability standards.”
It’s that time of year again. The skies are blue, the blackflies are (mostly) gone, the sun is hot, and the days are long. Summer! Finally! And with summer comes awesome live theatre at Bancroft’s historic Village Playhouse. If you haven’t been to the Playhouse before, this is the time to check it out. This season, Bancroft Summer Theatre presents two shows.
Guess what!? We’re feeling pretty darn special this week. We’ve been featured in the July issue of EnRoute, the official magazine of Air Canada! That’s right, the next time you’re thirty-five thousand feet up in the air you can read all about little ol’ us. Talk about exposure; the magazine has a readership of over a million people per month. Yup. You read that right: a million!
f you’ve ever taken the time to wander around outside the Craftsman, you’ve surely noticed our gardens. We grow flowers in the front gardens, like lupins, poppies, irises, violets, tall phlox, and lilies. They are all bee-friendly flowers, because we are…well…bee friendly ourselves.You know how we always say we make real food for real people? Well, that’s thanks in part to the bees. The bees are a small but mighty global workforce that supports all life on the planet by pollinating the fruits and vegetables that we all rely on.