Built in 1837
The Queen's Merritt Room is a restaurant and pub located in Dunnville, Ontario and has been standing since 1837! That's before Canada was even a country.
We offer a great selection of menu items including seafood, steak, pasta, burgers, wings, sandwiches, and more! But, let's not forget... the cold draught and cocktails.
Our establishment doesn't only offer delicious food and cold beer, it also gives you an experience that brings you back in time. Between our 140 year old tin ceiling, original brick walls and hardwood floors, 130 year old wall unit, original stained glass, and other antiques, it is a truly unique atmosphere. There is history all over... if only walls could talk! By the way, if you like ghost stories, we've got lots of them. Stop in, cozy up to the fireplaces in both dining rooms, enjoy a homestyle meal, and we will chat!
The Merritt Room is named after William Hamilton Merritt. Mr. Merritt projected and built the Welland Canal in the 1820's to bypass the mighty Lakes in one unbroken water highway of commerce. Before the building of the Welland Canal, all ships had to unload their cargoes at the mouth of the rapids-filled Niagara River for carriage overland along high slopes and have them reloaded into other vessels above and beyond the roaring falls - a cumbersome and costly procedure. But Merritt's canal, opened in 1829, provided a through shipping route across the heartlands of North America that would prove of almost incalculable value. In completing the Canal System the Feeder Canal was dug which started at the Grand River. It fed water to the Welland Canal System. It was at this time that Mr. Merritt spent time in Dunnville. He was very fond of Haldimand County. He took up politics and represented Haldimand County in the Upper Canada Assembly from 1832 to 1841. In this period he built the Queen's Hotel. The Queen's was built in 1837 and William Hamilton Merritt owned the hotel for 9 years.
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121 Main Street E, Dunnville, ON, N1A 1J8