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After searching as far away as Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Rich and Deborah Hunter laid claim to the King Edward Restaurant and Pub, in Ilderton, Ontario in 2005 - creating a spot for a precisely-selected rotation of craft beer & cider, accompanied by a delicious hand-crafted local-food menu.

Rich and Deborah followed interesting paths, both to create/revitalize the King Eddy and also in their destiny to find each other.

A Chartered Professional Engineer graduate from the University of Salford in the  UK, Rich has an extensive background in electro-acoustics - working for companies such as Marshall and KEF, a famous high-end hifi company which had been purchased by a Hong Kong based technology group. This work ranged from  designing speakers and amplifiers, to project management and teaching speaker design. The teaching portion of Rich's career, came with its rewards, as well as its demands - with the frequent, arduous travel between Hong Kong/China and the UK,  ultimately driving a change to his routine. Deborah herself dedicated 17 years
to a career with A&P as well as being a single mother, at that juncture.

Overseeing a new loudspeaker product manufactured in Mississauga, Rich's eyes opened to Canada and after working with his new supplier (plus a change in UK government), Rich was persuaded to hop-the-pond. Shortly after moving to Canada, he crossed paths with Deborah in an Irish Pub in Port Credit. It wasn't long before they married. It took 5 or 6 years of the hustle-and-bustle of the GTA, plus a few changes in Deborah's career - including 5 years building and painting movie sets - to realize they had to escape the rat-race. They loved cooking and entertaining and Rich had an extensive background in beer - these passions led to the search for a pub/restaurant outside of a major city.

Although the King Eddy may be famous for its fine selection of craft beer,  one suspects that the food is also helping build and sustain its clientele. Both Rich and Deborah are excellent chefs (I can attest to  at least one of Deborah's masterpieces during the interview!). Rich  himself cooked and bartended through university, so you could say they've both "brought their skills to the table", as it were. Originally aiming  to bring their fondness for the UK's Indian food culture, they've certainly broadened their menu beyond that goal - with a long list of unique wings and a menu full of original dishes.

Paired with the food is the meticulous management of the King Eddy's craft beer, with hand-pulled cask-conditioned ale, inclusive of a  custom cellar-system and precise temperature control across all the  taps. It's this attention to detail for which the Hunters are proud.  They've also committed to supporting local for both craft beer and  local cider (ex. Dickens Cider, Thedford, Ontario).

If the above hasn't completely charmed you at this point, the atmosphere and décor of the King Edward Pub certainly will. The walls display sentimental items important to the Hunters' lives, such as the mirror which was affixed to the wall above where they met in that Port Credit pub (which is now closed), salvaged as a memento and now looks over the Eddy Bar. Some custom-designed mats show support for craft beer while also highlighting the light-hearted nature of the King Eddy and its proprietors. Oh, and at least one of these mats attempts to keep the staff in line haha (ask about this when you visit)

The Eddy is a true family business, with Deb's son Tyler managing the front-of-house operations. I got first-hand exposure to the sincerity, commitment and generosity of Rich and  Deborah and I'm sure those traits go far towards continuing the King Eddy's success. A very short drive from London, and one that is essential  if you truly want to experience the culture and good craft beer of the  area.

 


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