Good food never goes out of style and Old Montreal’s L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel is a perfect example.
The former inn has been in business since 1754 and it was just crowned the oldest restaurant in Canada.
According to a new study of the world’s oldest eateries, L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel’s 266 years of service has garnered it the distinction of being the oldest still-functioning restaurant in the country,
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L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel doesn’t hold a flame to some of the study’s other global rankings like “The Old House” in Wales — which opened in 1147 — or Austria’s “St. Peter Stifts Kulinarium,” which first opened its doors 1,217 years ago.
“Everywhere in the world, we eat variations on centuries-old recipes embedded in the place we come from,” says the NetCredit study. “Restaurant culture tells us who we are, where we’ve been, and where we are today.”
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The study searched websites, forums, and eating guides to identify the longest-running restaurant businesses in the world. They were sure to point out L’Auberge’s Cornish hen as its specialty, served with vin jaune and cep sauce and wood fire-grilled vegetables.
For a detailed look on the world’s oldest restaurants and each spot’s respective signature dish, check out the study’s maps and methodology.
And, cheers to another 266 years at L’Auberge Saint-Garbiel.