Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Gates

Last night I had a perfect evening out at The Gates on Roblin with one of my old Prairie buddies. Not only do I like how close The Gates is to my home, but their entire 7 acre property along the Assiniboine River, with it's charming Dutch Colonial house is warm, inviting and beautiful. The Gates has a rich history (see below) and executive Chef Heiko Duehrsen has a wonderful menu including many Manitoba-grown items.

Notably, the Manitoba Wild Rice & Mushroom Bisque and the Seared Lake Winnipeg Pickerel were delicious last night. And I can not forget to mention the Creme Brulee! The Gates was the perfect setting with the perfect dinner to catch up with one of my dearest friends. Faye, you are the best!

The Gates History
In 1913, Fred Pugh, a researcher for the T. Eaton Company and an ardent horticulturist, bought The Gates (originally called Woodlands). Earlier, these seven acres of river property had been part of neighbouring farmland owned by the LeFlech family.

For the next twenty-three years the property served as the Pugh’s summer cottage. Here countless friends and family visited each year, enjoying tennis, badminton, clock golf, and croquet, as well as wandering through the spectacular gardens and orchard. Mr. Pugh won numerous awards for his flowers and the fruit grown on the grounds of the estate.

In addition to gardening and photography, Fred Pugh researched the care and breeding of mink. His passion for photography has benefited the University of Manitoba’s archives as well as the Charleswood Historical Society with a wealth of photographs depicting the history of the area, including the trails used by aboriginal people to transport goods to Winnipeg.

In 1936 the T. Eaton Company, Mr. Pugh’s employer of 38 years, replaced his summer cottage with a year-round family home as a retirement gift to Mr. Pugh. The Dutch Colonial house that still stands today became the permanent residence of the Pugh family. And today the house serves as the restaurant for The Gates on Roblin.

For more information, visit The Gates website.

The Gates is one of my favorite restaurants. What is yours?

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad that you were able to catch up with a friend and enjoy a scrumptous gourmet meal at the same time. Thanks for sharing!!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!