On the corner of Simcoe and Hurontario sits The Strand. This spot previously held the Bank of Montreal (from 1922), The Grand Central Hotel (from 1869), and before that, The International Hotel. The most famous resident of this corner was The Grand Central Hotel - the hub of Collingwood for parts of six decades: hosting meetings, special events, and a wonderful multi-course New Year's feast.
Its fitting that the corner of Simcoe and Hurontario was the hub of Collingwood activity over a hundred years ago because The Strand promises to bring that excitement back to today's Collingwood.
Live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings every week from a variety of pianists / performers and twice a month on Thursdays featuring other instrumentalists.
Executive Chef, Scott Saunderson
Having started as a French Pastry Chef in Toronto he went on to enroll in the Stratford Chef's School while continuing an apprenticeship at Herbs Restaurant under Chef Tony Nuth. Tony was quiet, intense and brilliant at creating teams that put the restaurant first.
After two full years with Tony and having a British passport it was off to West Sussex U.K. where he had the opportunity to work dinner service in a Michelin starred restaurant, eventually taking the reigns as Chef and maintained the Michelin Star status for 2 years.
Upon returning from England, he relocated to The Boston Club where to this day maintains it was the most talented kitchen under 30 years of age in Toronto. It was then on to Goldfish – then, a trendy new style downtown. From there he bought Arlequin in Toronto’s Yorkville neighborhood. For 5 years Scott ran this neighborhood staple serving modern French cuisine. Having a new son and a building that was almost as much work, it was quietly sold.
Scott's philosophy behind cuisine is to keep it simple...
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The Strand is an ideal venue for your event, be it a small family gathering, a corporate event, an engagement/anniversary party or a wedding. Menu options include a set menu (prix fixe), custom menu (working with our chef), and a buffet-style carvery menu.
The bank vault complete with the vault door, promises a truly unique dining experience. Seats up to 12 people around a board-room style harvest table. Also equipped with a drop down screen and projector.
Main Dining Area
Can be sectioned off to accommodate a party of up to 50 people,
Can be reserved with seating up to 100 people / larger parties can be accommodated canapé style.
We do encourage you make a reservation to guarantee a table for you and your party.
Please give us a call or e-mail below so we may accommodate you.
Phone: 705 293 7979
As established weekenders to Collingwood, when we fell across the opportunity to do The Strand in late summer of 2015, we quickly transitioned to make the area our permanent home. The building, with its rich history and uniquely grand facade, was the perfect home for our concept of bringing something more to Collingwood than simply another place to eat.
The Strand is in part inspired by the street of the same name in London, England, home to the Savoy hotel. But while we dreamed of creating something special, we also wanted it to be very relaxed and in every way very accessible to reflect Collingwood life. Upscale casual might describe us better than fine dining, so no need to dress for dinner, but if you do want to don the glad rags, that will fit equally well.
Supporting the local community and local businesses are very important to us. The restaurant was built predominately by local trades and suppliers. You will see lots of examples of locally sourced items throughout the venue. Our signature olive oil, courtesy of the Lively Olive, and our Coffee, sourced through the Lethal Buzz café are two examples.
Most importantly, music is a huge passion of ours, so rather than adding a piano to the restaurant, we have built a restaurant around the piano. We plan to bring lots of remarkable music to the center of town, we would love to listen to what you would like to see, so don't be shy, let’s see what we can do.