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“Great food!”

The Birches Restaurant
Ranked #25 of 92 Restaurants in Huntsville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Had the family size pizza and was it ever good! Would definitely recommend. Service was great. We went during weekday so hardly anyone in there, large seating, have price range average to high on the Menu depending on your taste.

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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We stayed for the Sunday Brunch on Thanksgiving Weekend. We were among the first people to arrive for brunch, but everything was supposedly up and ready to go. Fresh made omelet was great! Tea biscuit was very dry (I couldn't eat it), and hot items were not hot (or warm). Turkey and Beef were cold. The best dessert was the Berry Crisp (but there was no ice cream to put on it). The pumpkin pie looked very dry and was cracked and pulling away from crust. I told the hostess that the food was cold and she went back to tell the chef, but I don't know what happened after that. Probably wouldn't eat there for brunch again.

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

The food was served hot and we were able to sit in the bar/fireplace area instead of at a regular table.

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We read many of the other reviews and decided to eat breakfast only at Hidden Valley. At $11.75 per adult, the price represents good value. Service was swift and the coffee was very good. Hot items included scrambled eggs, sausage and bacon. Good selection of baked goods, including some very yummy cinnamon buns (big enough for two people). Mixed fruit bowl, yogurt, cereal and a good selection of bread and condiments round a decent selection at a very good price. Service was attentive and friendly on the morning we were there. Good views of the lake too. Give it a try if you are staying at Hidden Valley.

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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Overall: good value for families and a lot of fun when the weather cooperates.

First Impression:
- pictures are misleading. The place is pretty run-down and needs some design-love pretty badly, across the board. The paint (interior and exterior), the carpet, the amenities, the restaurant, the lobby, furniture - essentially everywhere.

Location [VERY GOOD]
- a ten minute drive to Huntsville where you can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, go for walks, shop, etc. Provides a nice break from the resort's pool/beach/boats/food.

Retaurant - Food and Service [GOOD]
- The food was surprisingly edible. The resort decor and limited menu doesn't give the impression that you'll eat well. The service was very good and the food was also good, not great, but definitely good value.
The burgers are very good. The chicken fingers and fries (get the sweet potato fries instead of the regular ones - they were outstanding) and pizza were great for the kids, came with a drink and ice-cream as well. For adults, I found it better to stick to the basics, such as the fish and chips and whatever the specials were. The soups were excellent, specifically the cauliflower-cheddar and the butternut squash. The pasta dishes were just okay, wasn't expecting more. Dessert was also good.

The breakfast buffet is unimpressive, but the scrambled eggs were surprisingly delicious (I often find them dry and pretty awful in those hot serving trays but they were excellent). Pretty basic stuff though, bacon, sausage, terrible pancakes and decent potatoes. Other notables, bad muffins and danishes, no jam except the packages of orange marmalade. Some basic bread choices for toast and a nice selection of fresh juice (orange was excellent, also grapefruit and apple). Great value though at $11 for adults and half that for kids (give or take)

We tried to have lunch outside the resort but if you wanted to stay, the lunch options were pretty good, essentially the same as the full menu.

Indoor Pool: [BAD]

The roof was leaking into the indoor pool, on the deck and in the water. It looked like coffee since the ceiling was stained that colour. The water was warm but the pool is incredibly small (the pictures are misleading) and there's almost zero deck space and no launch chairs inside. It's attached to a run-down games room as well.

There's a sauna that's shared (male/female) with access from the bathrooms, which is okay.

Outdoor Pool: [VERY GOOD]
When it wasn't raining, the outdoor pool was very nice. Large pool, it was somewhat heated but not as warm as the indoor pool, but very nice location/view with lawn chairs (not enough of them). The decking needs a major face-lift in both the indoor and outdoor pools.

Rooms [GOOD]
- The resort is very dated (though the front desk said most of the rooms have been upgraded, it's truly impossible to tell from the furniture, decor, old box TVs, no in-room movies or entertainment options - beds were comfortable though. It's a resort that's value comes from the outdoors - so I wasn't expecting much.

- towels are far too small and we had to ask for an extra towel every day,

Amenities [GOOD to VERY GOOD]

Tennis: bring your own rackets. Mine exploded on a serve. Gets the job done for simple outdoor fun though. The courts are awful, net falling apart, lines painted inconsitently.

Kayaks/Canoes: free to guests which is nice. The lake was awesome and the pier/dock is great fun for kids.

Beach: private to the resort, somewhat small but good enough. There's a shallow area sectioned off for kids, some kids were fishing off the dock which was fun. They have beach volleyball/badminton as well.

Free WiFi: was great for rainy days but the services is poor (connection intermittent, poor signal strength that varied a lot in the room and in the lobby)

Would I stay there again? MAYBE!
You get what you pay for, can't lose sight of the value. We'd stayed at the JW Marriott and it was outstanding, but triple the price. For what we paid, it's tough to complain. I'd prefer something nicer but the value in Muskoka vacations is in the outdoor part, which was nice. The room was clean, food/service was good, bed comfortable - basics were all covered. I've paid more and been disappointed so although it wouldn't be my first choice to return, I could probably be talked into it.

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