Hudson’s Auberge Willow Inn officially opens under new ownership with a new chef, menu and renovated gastro-pub.
The Auberge Willow Inn has opened its gastro-pub under new owners, Montreal husband-wife duo David Ades and Patricia Wenzel. First built in 1820, the historic waterfront destination is an institution in Hudson and attracts visitors from around the world. The Auberge Willow Inn has been under renovation since the couple bought the property in January 2017, with its revitalized pub led by Executive Chef Shaun Hughes, is now serving a new menu of British-inspired, locally sourced fare for lunch and dinner.
“As long-time visitors of the old Willows, we are committed to its rebirth deserving of the magnificent waterfront setting on the shores of the Lake of Two Mountains,” says co-owner David Ades. “Our goal is to elevate the Willow to a high standard of food, service and accommodations, to allow our guests to truly benefit from our unique location.”
Born and raised in Hudson, Chef Hughes’ worked at the Willow as a teenager. His professional career then took him to top restaurants across Canada, in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. He will be joined by Elias “Louie” Deligianis as Chef de Cuisine. The two worked together previously and are committed to delivering fresh innovative dishes with their team.
The Willow’s two kitchens have been refitted with state-of-the-art equipment, and Chef Hughes’ multifaceted team will be able to do all baking and butchery on site, producing breads, pastries, sausages and other charcuterie meats. “We hope to plant a vegetable garden and install a greenhouse on the adjacent lot next summer. That will allow us to supply our kitchen with fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce” says Patricia Wenzel.
Chef Hughes and his staff will be supported by a strong management team, including longtime Willow manager Christine Booth, local hospitality professional Andrew Korol, and newly-arrived British couple Julie and Graham Leadbeater.
While the pub has officially opened, work on the historic property continues. “Stanstead Hall”, the multi-function reception/dining room should be available for events in December. The Inn bedrooms will continue to undergo renovations for several more months. Plans for updating The Anchorage House across the street are in progress.
The Auberge Willow Inn’s pub is now open for lunch Thursday to Sunday, and for dinner Wednesday to Sunday. For more information or for reservations, visit the website: aubergewillowinn.com.
First built in 1820, the site of the Willow has been a culinary and tourist destination in the Town of Hudson, Quebec. The gastro-pub seats approximately 120. The adjoining multifunctional space will be able to accommodate up to 120 people for weddings, corporate events and other social occasions. As well, the patio over-looking the Lake of Two Mountains can seat up to 200. The Inn currently has nine bedrooms, and the Anchorage House across the street which can be rented independently has five bedrooms. The Willow is located at 208 rue Main in Hudson, a 40-minute drive from downtown Montreal and an hour from Ottawa. For more information, visit aubergewillowinn.com.