Several weeks ago, I was invited out to lunch with two friends, Elizabeth and Mary Ellen, Goodfellow. It was a beautiful day and we headed for the area north of Kingston, hoping to find some antiques and a sandwich shop.
Luck was on our side when we came across the village of Yarker (less than an hour from Gananoque and in a lovely setting). There on the left was the "Waterfall Tea Room and Store".
We found a parking spot and enquired of a lady if the tea room was open. She replied, “Oh yes. The food is wonderful and the coconut cream pie is to die for.” We got the last table.
We sampled the food and the lady was right, the food was wonderful. I had the vegetable pie.
The store area had some antiques, (which the Tea Room aptly calls, “pre-loved merchandise”), a selection of Wilton Cheeses, organic eggs from Reinink Farms and a several varieties of fair-trade coffee and chocolate from Equita.
As I was leaving the tea room I met the chef, Eric DePoe. He stopped his preparations to welcome us. This is no ordinary chef, he even dresses the part.
Yes, it is well worth the drive to Yarker. There are a number of web-reviewes of the Yarker Tea Room, worthy of much larger urban establishments. In one, Chef DePoe was quoted as saying, “I know someone who drives from Clinton, NY, to my place for coconut cream pie and then drives all the way back,” (Excerpt from "Kingston Life").
To visit Yarker Falls, follow Hwy 401 east to Lennox and Addington Rd 6 at the Odessa exit. (Past Kingston). Go north on this road for about 10 minutes to Yarker. It will be an excursion you will remember.
Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
Open Weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving (Canadian): Saturdays, Sundsys & Holiday Mondays.
Also open Wednesday through Sunday, July 1 to Labour Day.
Owned by Eric DePoe and Barbara Linds.