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Afternoon Tea @ The King George B and B

Sara KGBB - Friday, April 05, 2013

King George

Afternoon Tea Menu

Open Tuesday  & Thursday 2 – 4 PM

May through September

Relax with a refreshing classic English Afternoon Tea at The King George.  All selections come with a pot of loose leaf tea freshly brewed to your taste. Milk, Cream, Sugar and Lemon available upon request. 
Countess of Devon - 2 rich flaky homemade scones served with clotted cream & local fruit preserves.
Duchess of Cambridge - a generous selection of fancy tea sandwiches, mini-scones with clotted cream & preserves, & a selection of sweet treats. (Ample enough for 2)  
Buckingham Palace Teajust a slice of dessert – whatever the daily special might be & a refreshing “cuppa”                    
Want to know what’s in your cup?  Enjoy a giggle while you contemplate what your future may hold. Please let us know if you’re interested in a reading ! 
 Reservations required;   Call 506-352-0557 to book your table now.

Tall Ships Festival - May 31 - Jun 2

Sara KGBB - Friday, April 05, 2013

Just about all of that 'cruddy muddy snow' has melted away now that the days are longer and slightly warmer. We've moved all of the winter decor items back up to the attic, and hauled down the Spring/Summer stuff - now we just need Mother Nature to cooperate! We hosted a lovely family wedding & reception last weekend and it was such a blessing to have sunshine right through until 7:30 PM for photos (even though it was a little chilly for the bride in her strapless satin gown!) Now we're eager to get outside and clean up the yard, install the fountain and pond pumps, and plant the urns & boxes for the summer.  John is happy baseball has begun - so his contribution has to be scheduled around the ballgames!  We've sent our Afternoon Tea brochure to the printer, along with our Tall Ships special evening menu to coincide with the arrival of 8 Tall Ships on May 31st. We're offering a selection of pub-type fare for just the 3 nights (Fri/Sat/Sun) and already have bookings for rooms that same weekend. This is a really big event for Miramichi, with helicopter rides, a re-enactment of a War of 1812 battle, fireworks & burning ships and of course, the individual ship tours. Hope it starts our season off with a bang! Here's our menu for the 3 three nights:

Tall Ships Pub Menu
Trio of Sausage & Mash  
Three sausages - beef, pork and lamb - served with mashed potatoes, onion gravy and seasonal vegetables
Chicken Pie
Tender pieces of chicken and vegetables in a cream sauce  topped with puff pastry; served with  seasonal vegetables
Steak and Ale Pie
Chunky beef steak and rich ale gravy in a light butter pastry, with mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy
Vegetarian Mushroom & Squash Pie   
Mixed mushrooms and butternut squash with rice, served with garlic bread
Fish Pie
Lobster, salmon, haddock and shrimp in a cream and white wine sauce, topped with Cheddar mash 
Bubble & Squeak Fishcakes
Atlantic salmon bubble and squeak fishcakes with mashed potatoes, garden peas and zesty lemon mayo

PUDDINGS all priced @ $5.75
Decadent Chocolate Brownie - an indulgent favourite served with thick Belgian chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream
Sticky Dicky Pudding - plump dates & raisins in a muscovado sugar sauce, sponge pudding, served with custard
Apple Crumble - Maritime apples, topped with oatmeal crumble, served simply with custard

AVAILABLE MAY 31 – JUN 2, 2013 
5:30 – 8:30 PM DAILY
*by reservation only;   Call (506) 352-0557 to book your table today

We're heading off the the Saltscapes Expo in Halifax at the end of the month for our mini-vacation and hope to visit with family as well. Then we'll have to start looking for a new housekeeper since Debbie is heading back to Mississauga. She has done an outstanding job, especially with Spring Cleaning this year and will be missed! 

Christmas at The King George B&B 2012

Sara KGBB - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

If you're following us on the King George blog, you'll already know about our busiest Nov-December ever and the popularity of our 'Christmas in a Box' promotion to raise funds for 2 local charities.  Thinking that we might sell 5-6 boxes of frozen, ready-to-bake hors'd'ouevres or Christmas cookies, for $20 a box we were somewhat overwhelmed when the orders totalled 21 - that's a lot of making & baking! But they were all picked up by Dec 22nd so (fingers crossed) everyone enjoyed them! So we'll have to start in September if it's a requested item this year!

We hosted the largest winter wedding ceremony and reception to date for us on Dec 27-29th (39 adults + 3 youngsters) for a young couple from Saint John and thoroughly enjoyed being a part of their special day. From the decorations to the fireworks outside - inspite of Mother Nature's best attempt otherwise- it was memorable. The Champagne-glazed ham and Seafood Casserole were the main entrees served on the buffet and from all accounts the food was excellent.  Hats off to chef Darcy, table service by Julia & Sharon, setup by Caroline and clean-up by Debbie - we couldn't have managed without you! It was also another chance for us to work with the Regent St B&B next door to accommodate all overnight guests - another testimonial to working together to be better than separately.

The new January/February supper menus are posted on our What's Cookin' Miramichi calendar along with our specialty Saturday afternoon cooking classes, so if anything appeals be sure to contact us.  History shows we sell out fast since we limit class size to 4-6 people to ensure everyone has an enjoyable 'hands-on' experience. Check us out at:

Christmas in a Box

Sara KGBB - Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why not simplify your Christmas entertaining with our seasonal special 'Christmas in a Box'.for $20.The selection is 5dz frozen (ready to bake) hors'd'oeuvres or 5 dozen fancy Christmas cookies (thaw and serve). The hors'd'oeuvres consist of: Spinach/Feta puffs, Roasted Red Pepper & Cream Cheese spirals, Sausage & Cheese balls, Mushroom & Cr. Cheese triangles, mini-Egg/Bacon tartlets, Beggars Purses w/crab. The cookies are: Choc/Vanilla Pinwheels, Cinnamon (red) & White pinwheels, Mint (green) & White pinwheels, Linzer Cutouts w/Candy Apple Jelly, Cherry & Almond slice cookies, ChocoMint Blossoms, Brown Sugar Shortbread, Cranberry & Orange biscotti, Gingerbread biscotti - all special Xmas type cookies that look fabulous on your festive table. We can also mix your box: 2 1/2 dozen savoury and 2 1/2 dozen sweet - all presented in a 12-inch pizza box for easy storage your freezer.  All orders are $20 pre-paid and will be ready for pick-up on or after Nov 24th, 2012.  We will be accepting orders until Nov 17th. Cash, credit or debit cards all accepted.

Jan - Feb 2012

Sara KGBB - Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Feb 28, 2012

After 10 beautiful sunny warm days in south Florida in January, it was nice to get back home, but not to all of our snow. I know Ontario hasn’t had much of a winter to date, but we have lots to share, and surprisingly enough, have had a number of X-country skiers from Nova Scotia travelling to Miramichi to enjoy the trails. We had our first experience with some gluten-free recipes, making some bread (white and corn), some chili, and even a pineapple-upside down cake. They were so appreciative of every meal we offered that it was an absolute delight to have them in the house. (I guess cold weather and hard exercise will do that to an appetite!)

Then we had a 100th birthday celebration for a charming local lady organized by her daughter and 12 of her special friends. They wanted a Royal Tea theme so we obliged with the mandatory finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, fancy sweets, and even loose-leaf tea to enable the fortune teller to do her readings!  My sous-chef Jamie did an outstanding job with the fancy sandwiches, rolling pinwheels, trimming crusts, and cutting different shapes, while I made the assorted squares and sweets.  And hard on the heels of the tea party was Valentine’s Day with some romantic dinner bookings. My newest staff member, Julia, did an outstanding job along with John, (who is somewhat reluctant but not as polished a waiter as you might wish) had to wait table more than once this year but seems to forget he’s staff and tends to join the guests for a glass of wine! We had a Rustic Country Pate with Fig Preserves on a fresh baguette for an appetizer, Chateaubriand for 2 with a Brandy Demi-Glace as an entree, and heart-shaped Molten Chocolate Lava cakes for dessert. To Julia’s (and mine) delight, they “licked everything but the pattern” off their plates!  Such a pleasure to have such an enthusiastic  audience.

And just this past weekend, another Murder Mystery party of 14 who came dressed in fantastic costumes and in character. Prizes were awarded to the Best Costume and the Best Actor (who remained in character throughout the evening) and we enjoyed their performance more than they did, I’m sure! Another Murder on the Menu party is booked for late March and that should wind us up nicely for this season.

Now it’s time to take inventory of what’s in the freezer(s) and devise some menus to use it all up the best way possible.  With our Saturday cooking classes featuring:

Big Fat Greek Meal – Greek staples with our own unique twist including Grilled Shrimp with Yogurt Dipping Sauce, Greek Salad, Moussaka and bite-sized Baklava

Far East Feast- delicious Coconut Thai Mussels, Cucumber Salad, Sesame-Ginger Pork Tenderloin and Coconut Rice Pudding

Elegant Entertaining – make-ahead appetizers of Mushroom & Blue Cheese Crostini, Roasted Red pepper & Tomato Soup, an entrée of Spicy Salmon with Mango Salsa followed by a decadent Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake.

Ground Beef Camp – targeted at teens, we’ll make yummy Cheeseburger Pockets, Eyeball Taco Salad, Hamburger Cookies and (hamburger free!) Raspberry lemonade floats

That should free up some shelf space!

We’re looking at another mini-break mid-April in Halifax to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Titanic and hopefully can spare a few days to enjoy some of the scheduled events. My staff do such an admirable job when we’re absent, that I can honestly say it’s a pleasure to get away and not have to worry.


Year End Wrap-Up

Sara KGBB - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

After the Christmas rush and festival of feasting, we're just enjoying the leftovers and having some quiet suppers with friends. We're hosting a private dinner party on Dec 29th and on New Year's Eve, and then we'll start on the upcoming wedding preparations for Jan 6 - 9th.  I have had a chance to update the Cooking Class schedule through to March 31st and also the monthly menus so with a small break in January, we'll be back in the swing of things again real soon! We're launching some Teen Classes this year to meet the requests from parents in addition to some adult entertaining menus and ideas to make it as stress-free as possible.  Always a joy to get back into the kitchen and pick up some tips and  tricks and learn new ways to enhance your daily menus.

And I do want to send a special thanks to the staff who make every event special at The King George - Sandy, Jamie, Caroline and new this year, Julia,  We couldn't do it without you! Wishing you all healthy, happy New Year!



Fabulous Fall Happenings

Sara KGBB - Saturday, October 29, 2011

Just finished hosting an Enterprise Miramichi & W.O.M.E.N  business group for 30+ ladies this week serving a soup/salad buffet and a 'mini' murder mystery performed by the staff. Many thanks to the staff for making the evening appear to flow effortlessly (and only we know otherwise!). It was a busy week with a post-wedding luncheon for out of town guests on Monday, and a 75th birthday celebration for a family of 16 on Wednesday. 

 Now on to the pre-Christmas get togethers starting in November, a couple of anniversary celebrations, 8 Murder Mystery dinners in December and some wedding activities (rehearsal dinner, bridal party spa night, brunch buffet, gift opening reception ) slated for late December- early January. And believe it or not, we also have guests booked during the Christmas season.  So things will be busy at The King George! No vacation until 2012, I'm afraid!

For now, the sun continues to shine (although it is a very frosty 5C temperature wise) and I understand there is the S-word in the forecast for Sunday. Hopefully we'll get a chance to put away the mower and get out the blower before it's too late!

All About Apples - Fall 2011

Sara KGBB - Saturday, October 01, 2011

Fall has arrived and brought with it some spectacular weather here in Miramichi – gorgeous sunny days in the low 20’s and cool nights.  Just crisp enough to change the colour palette of the hardwoods into an amazing quilt of scarlet, tangerine and gold.  My apple trees are burdened with fruit and it’s a feat to avoid being ‘bonked’ on the head when walking underneath.  We managed to gather the windfalls from a couple of abandoned orchards and spent last week making freezer-ready apple pie filling – enough to see us through until April! And one of our weekend classes is All About Apples – from appetizers to desserts.  We have some great local sausage makers who have some wonderful combinations utilizing fresh herbs, apples and pork. Wonderful for breakfast!  And next week, we’re offering a special Thanksgiving Al Fresco class – Entertaining with Style which features unique outdoor dining ideas for this traditional holiday meal. And of course, we’ll be brining our turkey to ensure maximum flavor and moistness.

We’ve managed to source some local suppliers for harvest preserves, chutneys, relishes, and a fantastic Jalapeno-Raspberry jelly that has quite a kick! Great with a round of Brie or Camembert.

British Food Bloggers praise local Miramichi cuisine

Sara KGBB - Friday, June 24, 2011

Bloggers Delight - Miramichi Leader, Friday June 24, 2011 by Alexandra MacLean


Relishing berries and foraging for fiddleheads were among the adventures 3 British food bloggers enjoyed when they visited the Miramichi this spring. Three internationally recognized food bloggers visited Miramichi to try the local cuisine and they fell in love.  NB Tourism & Parks and the Canadian Tourism Commission invited the 3 popular UK food critic bloggers to northern New Brunswick to show off not only the local cuisine but culinary activities from the Canada's Signature Experience collection.

The bloggers, Cara Waters from the London based blog -, Niamh Shields -, and Oliver Thring - landed in NB on May 19th and did a whirlwind tour of the northern part of the province experiencing more than just the food. Waters says she didn't know what to expect never having been to Canada before.  A world traveller with almost 25 different countries listed on her food blog, she says New Brunswick is a place unique from any other.

'It was my first trip to New Brunswick and to Canada. Everyone we met was so friendly and hospitable, I had a great time," expressed Waters. The bloggers spent their first night at O'Donnells Cottages foraging for fiddleheads. They packed up and drove to Blissfield where they made jam with Darlene at the Homestead Inn

and then on to Darlene's Tea House, following the roadside teapot signs, where they had lunch.

Waters says she ordered the Miramichi salmon sandwiches which were a vibrant pink and tasted wonderfully fresh.  After some fiddlead soup, Waters says came the best part - traditional scones with jam and cream. "The scones were a dream," she writes, "a cloud of light, puffy dough with a tart homemade jam". With suitcases weighed down with 3 bottles of jam apiece and their stomachs full from lunch, the bloggers made their way to Miramichi for a night at The King George B&B.  Sara MacInnis, owner of the B&B was preparing for a nerve-wracking 10 days.  "We've never had a food critic come and and stay with us," she laughed. "We had three at one time and the executive chef from Maison Tate House in Shediac, Chef Chris, staying with us during the TIANB conference the following week". MacInnis says she got a call from the CTC asking her if she would be interested in having the British food bloggers stay with her and participate in the Mystery Food Adventure.  A new event that has been added to the Canadian Experiences for this year, the Mystery Food Tour invites guests to choose what they would like for supper, and discover the local ingredients themselves by following a GPS programmed with the locations of MacInnis' local suppliers and growers. "If you wake up and decide you feel like beef that night for your supper, I give you a GPS and send you off to Sevogle to meet Earl Sutherland and choose the cut yourself," she explained.

The 3 bloggers were delighted with the chance to explore the Miramichi region. Choosing seafood for their supper, the guests spent Saturday, May 21 like modern day hunter-gatherers to find local seafood supplier, O'Neil's Fishmarket in Baie-Sainte Anne. MacInnis explains that they did get lost and the fishmarket closed. She then had to contact a friend in Hardwicke to intercept them and he also managed to get the store to re-open, and get them back on track.

"We proudly arrived back at the King George bearing our bag of scallops and mussels," said Waiters. "We then got to enjoy our finds over dinner at the B&B that night. Sara is an excellent cook, so I would highly recommend a meal there for locals - don't let the B&B guests have Sara all to themselves!"

That evening, the guests were served mussels, moosemeat bolognese, and scallops.  They rounded off their evening with Miramichi Potholes from the Napan Baykery.

"It wouldn't be a trip to Canada without trying some moosemeat so Sara had made a rich bolognese sauce using local moosemeat. 'The bolognese sauce was sensationally flavorsome with almost a gamey taste to the meat," Waters described in her blog post about the trip.  Waters rated The King George B&B as a 9 out of 10 on her blog - the highest of all the places she visited in New Brunswick.

The bloggers ended their tip with a visit to La Pays de la Sagouine for an Acadian lunch of poutine rapee and visited Lobster Tales in Shediac for a lobster cruise and feast before heading back across the Atlantic.

Waters says she would love to come back to Miramichi and discover other sensational treats unique to the region.

"New Brunswick has some amazing and unique products that you can't find anywhere else in the world," she writes. "It was great to meet so many local people who are so passionate about local food. You would not believe the amount of people in London who have asked me where they can get fiddleheads. I've told them the'yll have to go to New Brunswick!"

WOW! What more can I say . . . .!

Late April - Easter Weekend

Sara KGBB - Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Somehow I thought that arriving back in Miramichi after the beginning of April, it would be Spring and the last of our winter snow would be long gone. So what a surprise to have 15cm of the white stuff shower down on us mid-April! My guests from Norway were also somewhat shocked since they have spring flowers blooming already and certainly didn’t anticipate snow in Canada in April. But they did enjoy shopping for winter woollies!

Easter weekend proved to be exciting and hectic, with guests arriving Friday and staying through Sunday. We also entertained some friends on Saturday evening with our own version of ‘Easter Dinner’ – Thai chicken thighs in a hot & spicy sauce over nutty basmati rice, tender-crisp green & yellow beans with sliced almonds, and one of our signature King George desserts – lemon custard cups dusted with icing sugar.  We saved the slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with vegetable mash for ourselves to enjoy at a later date!  And as a special treat to ourselves, on Sunday afternoon we drove to the Maison Tate House in Shediac for their Easter Brunch. Another stately century home now converted into a 9-room inn and restaurant.  Absolutely fabulous! Their general manager and (possibly) executive chef are booked with us while attending the provincial tourism conference in late May, so no pressure there! Brunch was wonderful – everything including eggs & bacon, mussels, smoked salmon, ham, beef stroganoff with accompanying hot and cold vegetables,salads, and assorted cakes and cheese plate for dessert. For John, the seafood crepe offered as a starter was the highlight of his day!

Monday was a perfect day for working in the garden, raking the grass and clearing out the winter debris. With the aroma of roasting meat wafting from the slow cooker, knowing supper is just a few minutes away – absolute bliss! John actually basked shirtless in the afternoon sun once he moved the deck furniture out of storage, while enjoying a refreshing beverage.  Who would have thought – snow and cold just a week ago!

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