The Cafe is Currently Open Six a Days a Week
Please Note Our Hour Structure:
The Coffee/Barista Station, Pastry Shelf and Deli Case are Available from 7:30am-2pm. The Kitchen Menu is Available Daily from 7:30am-1:30pm or Sell Out, Whichever Comes First.
M 7:30-2 T CLOSED W 7:30-2 T 7:30-2 F 7:30-2
S 7:30-2 S 7:30-2
The Terrace is Open Seasonally
Our Cafe is Petite - We are unable to accommodate groups larger than 4 and WE DO NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS. We offer counter service on a first come first serve basis.
Italian Cafe Model - This cafe is based on the rural cafes of Italy, whereby fresh food is prepared daily with the intent to sell out. This model eliminates food waste, keeps costs low and promotes efficiency in our back of house. Many early hours are spent carefully prepping food for the day and we aim to finish the day with all food sold to happy and satisfied customers. Please be advised that although the cafe remains open until 3pm for coffee, pastry and deli foods, the kitchen closes for menu service earlier.
We are located in beautiful bucolic Wellington, Prince Edward County; a community rich in friendly neighbors and inspired local businesses and organizations. Prince Edward County as a whole, features spectacular beaches and countryside and a plethora of rural activities. Wellington itself is home to many unique stores, artisans, professionals, restaurants, wineries and craft beer houses. This spirited, welcoming community plays host to many wonderful events including Pumpkinfest, Busy Hands, Canada Day and A Whoville Christmas. The downtown core is the perfect size for a light walk that includes spectacular lakeside views. Wellington Beach and North Beach are very close by, with Sandbanks Beach/Park only a short drive away. You can spend a whole day exploring the Wellington and Hillier community. Don't want to drive yourself around? Make use of Wellington's Hop On The Bus service. A small donation offers an easy and fun way to see the community.
Incredible artists and galleries such as Pamela Carter, Wellington Pottery, Sybil & Frank Gallery and Side Street Gallery showcase a variety of mediums and talents. Wine is abundant here and many hours can be spent tasting the unique PEC terroir. Head for a tasting at any of these wonderful wineries. The Wellington Farmers Market operates on Saturdays seasonally and features an array of local vegetables, meats, art, crafts, and artisanal products. If you're interested in a little after diner entertainment you must visit Stache on Main for fantastic live music! Need a place to rest your head? Although short on traditional hotels, Wellington offers a number of other accommodation options that will make you feel at home and a part of the local community. Prince Edward County is a lovely place to call home and visit.
We at enid grace cafe look forward to serving familiar local faces and those just enjoying the community for a short time.
The aesthetic, atmosphere, concept and menu of enid grace cafe was conceived a few short years ago. While living abroad, I regularly enjoyed three particular rural cafes in Italy and France. Every morning I would walk through the village to the cafe for morning espresso and some quality time with the owners, their staff and the eclectic group of those, who like me, came to catch up on local news and gossip, discuss the merits of good food, debate whose marinara sauce was better, plan for the upcoming harvest season and inevitably discuss each others plans for the day. Depending on the morning hour I arrived, I could chat with village elders (really early), farmers (really really early), school children and teenagers (always entertaining) and the business set in designer shoes just popping in for a quick shot and a sweet en route to the larger city centre.
These cafes were for the whole community and anyone that happened to find themselves wandering in the community. They were very small, limited seating, but quaint and endearing. An emphasis on comfort and quality of food and coffee was clear. I, like most of the locals, looked forward to the rhythm and routine of the cafe. Everyone was welcome and felt welcome.
The menu was simple and approachable but details were appreciated in the execution and arrangement of the food. Flavours were often seasonal and portions were just the right amount. These cafes were places you could simply grab your coffee and go or sit down and take time. Meet with friends, have a meeting or just steal some time to yourself. I met many wonderful people in these spaces, many of whom remain close friends. enid grace cafe will offer the same model that these cafes provided but with the needs of my community here at home in mind. Myself and my team are happy to see every face come through the door, whether new or well known.
enid grace cafe is petite, but is bright and charming on the inside and focused on comfort and the enjoyment of the menu. Seasonally, you can enjoy our menu outside on our street side terrace; a beautiful al fresco experience in the heart of Wellington. The views and waves of Lake Ontario just mere steps away, perfect for a post meal stroll. enid grace cafe is a great starting point to grab a bite before walking the main street for local shops, galleries and the seasonal farmers market. A lovely lunch is ideal before heading to the wineries.
We encourage you to make enid grace cafe your own. The aesthetic reflects my personality but is truly a tribute to the look and feel of my favourite cafes in Europe. I hope you enjoy our space as much as my friends and neighbors in Italy and France enjoyed theirs.
Welcome. We look forward to seeing and serving you.
The choice of coffee and espresso for enid grace cafe was a simple decision. Having lived in Turin, Italy for period of time I had the pleasure of enjoying Lavazza coffee on a daily basis. It became the coffee that I compared all others to. By chance, I became friends with a employee at the Lavazza headquarters in Torino. This friendship provided the opportunity to tour the operation, taste the range of blends, learn about the history of the brand, their practices and passion and most memorably meet a few members of the Lavazza family.
Lavazza is a large company but its a family company and a historic company; still owned and operated by the third and fourth generations. They are very proud of their coffee and of the merits of their company.
I of course appreciate the coffee itself; the flavour and the history of their unique blending. Equally so, I value the traditions that this long standing company respects as well as their ethics and consciousness of the their impact on a global scale, both human and environmental.
While preparing for the opening of the cafe I worked with my friend at Lavazza Italy as well as her counterpart here in Canada to select the best blends and roasts for enid grace cafe customers. These specific blends cannot be purchased in retail/grocery stores. They are created for cafe's specifically. I have selected the blends that I think my customers will most enjoy and appreciate. Whether its the perfect traditional Italian espresso, a french style cafe creme or the best cup of black drip; Lavazza won't disappoint.
For more information please visit Lavazza (Canadian site)
Pastry is a passion and at times a torrid love affair. Traditional European pastry takes time, patience and immense attention to detail. What I love most about it however, is that it requires an engagement of all my senses. When striving to prepare the most authentic pastry experience, the smell, look, feel and taste are all crucial; from the start of the process to the finished result.
I have loved studying pastry history and technique at length. I focused on very old recipes. My goal was to learn how traditional pastries like croissants and tartes were made hundreds of years ago and if the process and ingredients used then, could be applied to modern technique and ultimately produce a better product than current day palettes were used to. Years of research and experiment concludes that it does!
The pastries at enid grace cafe are all made in house. Real butter and dairy, the best chocolate, fresh eggs and real fruit. The best ingredients in all instances.
The display of sweets varies weekly and seasonally, but you can always count on a collection of the following:
Croissants/Pain au Chocolat/Pain au Raisin/Cornetto/Gibrassier
Special French Puff Pastries/Viennoiserie
Muffins & Scones
Assorted Big Cookies and Palmiers
Pecan Tart/Lemon Tart/Raspberry Coconut Tart
Assorted Tartlets & Butter Tarts
Seasonal Pies/Hand Pies
Cakes & Tortes
Catalan Style Creme Brulee & Italian Panna Cotta
*Gluten Free options are available
*Special Orders are Considered
The savoury edge of the menu features an inspired mix of traditional cafe flavours and recipes. The breakfast and lunch menus run in cooperation with each other daily; no service stoppage or change over. This menu very much reflects the breakfast and lunch traditions of Europe as well as favourites recognized locally.
Ingredients are of best quality, with much of the fresh being supplied locally by my good friends at Honey Wagon Farms.
Off menu daily specials are available and seasonal alterations are applied to menu selections based on what is being harvested in Prince Edward County at the time.
Please visit the MENU page for full details.
Bread dough is possibly my favourite of the culinary mediums. The process so ancient and tactile. The smells, texture and taste are what food memories are made of. Bread makes me think of my Grandmother and Sunday's.
The smell of fresh bread baking is transformative; and eating it, well it can change the course of a day. Add fresh butter and a greater moment of happiness can't be achieved. Okay, perhaps that an overstatement, but it comes close.
I have loved the many hours of study I've dedicated to bread and the experiments, successes and failures that have led to some incredible results in the oven. I studied traditional bread making in Italy; learning historic technique and ingredient combinations. Much time was spent learning how to handle wood fired ovens. Some just small household stone versions and others that were historic ancient operations in the heart of a village. These were tasked with baking the loaves of the people within the community. Many of these ovens continue to bake the bread of the community one day a week.
My breads all begin with a 24 - 48 hour Poolish or Biga and are made in small batches daily. Slow rising, high temperature baking and a passionate touch lead to the incredible loaves I'm proud to serve to our customers. Below is a running selection of what will come out of our oven; sadly not a wood fired one.
Country Multigrain Loaf
Heritage Red Fife Boule with Seeds
Montreal Style Bagels
Pain de Mie
Piadina Flat Bread
Petite Butter Rolls
Chocolate Cherry Bread
Seasonal Breads - Panettone, Hot Cross Buns, Stollen, Challah
*A Gluten Free Option is Available