If you have driven to Port Dover just to have dinner at the Erie Beach Hotel, you are only one of thousands of people who drive from all over Ontario just for a meal of fresh Lake Erie perch and the famous celery bread from the Erie Beach Hotel.
The Erie Beach Hotel has been a staple in the Port Dover community, their website says it has been in existence since 1946 when Harold and Marjorie Schneider bought the hotel and it became famous for its delicious home cooked meals. In the early 1970’s, Harold and Marjorie’s son, Tony and his wife Betty bought the hotel and changed it to their style. They added more dining by building a kitchen on the Terrace Room level. In 2000, Tony and Betty’s son Andrew and his wife Pam bought the hotel, carrying on the family tradition.
It has been a tradition of my family to go to the Erie Beach Hotel for Perch Dinners one Friday a month. I have been doing this for the last 25 years with my grandparents and my parents and now I take my own children. We all love the fresh perch and their celery bread is one of a kind (the reviews on trip advisor show the love).
Last year we did notice a price increase, but that is because the price of Lake Erie perch increased and the hotel had to pass that on to their customers. In a world of chain restaurants with generic food, it’s worth taking the drive to Port Dover for a delicious, home-cooked meal that is made with love.