We were gifted admission into the museum and lunch in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
As much as we want to get together with our friends it can be hard to find the time and sometimes a day-date can be easier to schedule than a night out. One of my best girlfriends and I have been friends since high school and we try our best to do weekly lunch dates. We decided to switch up our regular restaurant and try the café at the Kilby Historical Site.
We started our visit by touring the general store. The staff member was able to fill us in on the local history, not only with the store but the local railway which was a booming industry in the area in the past. The three of us had fun reading some of the old medicine bottles which were essentially opium and alcohol. We toured the hotel by ourselves. We were able so see a mailroom, dining room, bedrooms and a new area dedicated to aboriginal artifacts. Some things were very different which I am thankful for modern appliances, and somethings were exactly how they are now. They have a section with old clothing as well to see how it has evolved.
After our tour, we headed into the café for lunch. We had the option of dining inside or outside and choose to stay indoors. The windows are filled with beautiful sun catchers, that you can also purchase. The lunch menu was filled with so many delicious soups and salads options that we couldn’t just pick one. We decided to split each other’s sandwiches. Ana ordered the roast beef and I ordered the chicken salad sandwich. We both had the garden salad with their homemade vinaigrette. The dressing was one of my favourite parts of the meal. The portions were very large but we couldn’t quite say no to the homemade pies. We each took a slice of rhubard pie to go. My daughter, who normally doesn’t like pie, ate most before I had a chance to get a few bites in. From the little I got to taste, it was delicious. Kilby’s sells full pies perfect for Thanksgiving, upcoming holiday parties or as an addition to any weekly meal. They also serve ten flavors of hard ice cream from Birchwood Dairy.
We found the cafe to be a perfect place to spend the afternoon eating and visiting. You can also pre-order lunch to take out as well.