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“Lunch on Deck”
Review of Irwin Inn - CLOSED

Irwin Inn
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

We stopped here for a very late lunch on our way around the Kawarthas area. We had a nice lunch- the tomatoe basil soup was excellent. If you choose the spinach salad- you might like to request the dressing on the side since it was quite heavy on my salad. My husband had the grilled cheese and enjoyed it. The location is what really makes the lunch enjoyable - sitting on the wood deck looking at the lake and the islands!

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1  Thank CSummer
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Reviewed 19 August 2012

Irwin Inn is a nice resort with excellent food and a wonderful staff. Had never been until we booked our wedding there and had a wonderful experience. We have been back since and will surely return.

Thank Laurie W
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

This is a resort but has been a long standing piece of dining quality in the Kawartha Lakes area. It offers good albeit somewhat expensive dining while overlooking the confines of Stony Lake

Thank TED W
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

We stayed at the inn for the long weekend in July, and overall had a great time. The kids loved the kayaks, canoes and fishing, and we enjoyed the tennis and watersports as well. The staff were very friendly and courteous. The cottages were quaint and comfortable. The downsides were simply that the owners need to put some money into the resort, which is starting to look a little shabby. The golf course was really just a big field and very hard to navigate. The signs were faded and the flags were tattered and torn. The greens were absolutely unplayable, with big weeds and ruts all over...it was hilarious! We actually took pictures because it was so funny to see a green like this. The hot tub was shut down, and clearly had been for some time. At the restaurant, we found that the kitchen could never keep up with the buffet, with patrons descending on the waitstaff like vultures when stuff like the smoked salmon would finally come out. There was only ever one item available for the kids, and the four kids really only liked the burger bar. There needs to be at LEAST three items for the kids. The meals for the adults were three star at best, and we've been to many other resorts. The tea that was ordered by one in our party at three breakfasts only ever came at one of the meals. The flower beds and flower boxes were beautiful, and the beach, while small, was well maintained, as were the docks and equipment. The kids had a blast in the water. Overall, it was a good family weekend, but not great value for the rather large price tag you will pay. Three star value for five star investment. I hope the Inn can invest in some of the basics to clean up the place, and invest in skilled staff in the kitchen to really bring the restaurant back to it's former glory.

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3  Thank 181722Craig
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Irwininnkeeper, Owner at Irwin Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2011

Irwin Inn in the summer months is especially for Kids and families - safe environment, gorgeous lake & area. Kids recreation program has always been popular. We have not used any insecticides
or herbicides on our "golf field" for 10 years. We tell guests it is a small, fun area, for kids and families to play at no charge. It only functions as a good place to learn or practice golf at this time. We are repairing greens, one at a time presently.We are constantly maintaining sections of the resort on the almost 200 acres of property.
Kids are welcome to choose items from the buffet of freshly made salads, soup, fresh raw vegetables with dip, hot and cold appetizers, Irwin Inn's own fresh rolls/bread plus a children's main course choice, which changes daily.
Breakfast buffet is extensive, constantly filled with fresh food made in our kitchen. There are situations when a few guests monopolize a half tray or more of smoked salmon, and it takes a few minutes to replenish. Freshly cut fruit, our own granola, muffins, cereals, fresh eggs, bacon, hash browns, pancakes, smoked salmon, etc. and a specialty item changes daily as well. We
have always had great ratings on our food in reviews online and in person. Our chefs, including pastry chefs have been highly trained. We pride ourselves in using fresh ingredients and making everything from stocks to desserts, in house. I am glad your kids had a blast sorry you were disappointed.

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Reviewed 6 June 2011

Our dining experience at the Irwin Inn restaurant while on our honeymoon was of luxury standard, quality and service. The restaurant has idyllic views of the lake and was above and beyond what we were expecting. The staff were very polite, friendly and helpful and made us feel so welcome. The food was beautiful and the best we've ever experienced, so much so that we felt compelled to take a photograph of each course that was brought to our table throughout our four night stay. Even if you're not staying at the Irwin Inn, you MUST take advantage of the incredible dining experience there. A superb dining experience to treat your spouse to.

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