Farm to table

What started out as the garden of an apprentice gardener has become a wonderful sanctuary of plants and flowers. Open to the public since 1962, the Reford Gardens are a must-see for anyone interested in horticulture, design and gastronomy.

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Fresh from the Gardens

Our chef Frédérick Boucher is from Price, a small municipality located a few kilometers from the Reford Gardens. He spent his summers fishing in the rivers of the region and developing a friendship with the local farmers and producers. No need to tell you that he “lives” the land and that he cares about the development of a sustainable and resilient food ecosystem.

He started working in the restaurant business in the city of Rimouski, then moved to Montreal where he continued his cooking studies at the ITHQ.

He passed through the kitchens of Newtown, Decca 77, Laloux and Pastaga, to finally try out France (where he was initially only to spend three weeks there).

His adventure in France led him to work in the kitchens of Gravity, located in the 10th arrondissement in Paris, and then to go to the north of France, to Lille more precisely, where he worked at Bloempot, a restaurant offering a menu 99% composed of local products.

It was after a journey of almost 5 years in French territory that Frédérick returned to drop his bags on Gaspé’s soil in the spring of 2019.

It is with great pleasure that we will find him at the helm of the Reford Gardens restaurants this summer, serving seasonal cuisine with local flavors.

Villa Estevan Lodge

The Villa Estevan Lodge restaurant is located at the heart of the gardens. Enjoy a culinary experience that celebrates the plant collections of The Reford Gardens and local producers who bring the terroir to your table. More than 150 vegetables, herbs and edible flowers are picked daily in the garden and are offered when in season. Our menu focusses on local producers as well as sustainable seafood and fish from the St. Lawrence River. Visitors will be able to enjoy a unique culinary experience with a 4-course Carte blanche menu for $75 per person (does not include taxes and service). A menu for children and a vegetarian menu is available upon request.

Opening hours: from June 11 to August 31, Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 noon to 2.30 pm.

You have to make a reservation using the calendar at the bottom of this page. Please note that you must purchase an entry ticket to The Reford Gardens to access the Villa Estevan Lodge restaurant.

Le Bufton

The Café-Bistrot Le Bufton is located at the main entrance to The Reford Gardens and offers a quick and tasty menu in a friendly setting. The menu is available on site or for takeout: sandwiches and salads of the day, homemade pastries to enhance your coffee. Beers from regional microbreweries, wines, and beverages are available to make your visit even more enjoyable.

Opening hours : every day from June 1 to October 6, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for pastries and coffee; from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch service.

We do not take reservations and you do not need an entry ticket to The Reford Gardens to enjoy a meal at Le Bufton .

Buvette des Jardins

The Buvette des Jardins, located in the Garden Cafe building, offers you a stop halfway during your visit or a happy hour after your walk through the Reford Gardens. Enjoy an apéritif in an enchanting setting and sample one of our small plates of local produce, natural wines and drinks.

Opening hours : from June 26 to August 18, 2024, Wednesday to Sunday, from 12 noon to 7 p.m.

We do not take reservations for the Buvette des Jardins. Please note that you must purchase an entry ticket to the Reford Gardens to have access.

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