The Stone Jug is a restaurant located in Carbonear, Newfoundland and Labrador. Carbonear is about a one-hour drive from St. John’s along the Trans Canada and Veteran’s Memorial highways. Housed in a world-class heritage building constructed in 1860, the Stone Jug has a rustic atmosphere and offers delicious and affordable gastropub-style meals with traditional Newfoundland flair. Fun fact: the Stone Jug is currently up for sale for a whopping near $7 million. Get out there to eat while you still can!
The first thing you will notice when you enter are dozens of exquisite chandeliers, every single one uniquely different. I heard a rumor that one of the owners personally collected them from different places around the world. They are breathtaking! The next thing you’ll probably notice is a grand bar with gorgeous brass and copper accents. I definitely recommend sitting at the bar for a few beer before your meal. Finally, you’ll notice a large wooden staircase which leads to two more floors of dining and event space. Needless to say, the Stone Jug has lots to offer.
I drove out with a few friends for an afternoon lunch. The lunch menu is fairly small but the options are varied, I think it is safe to say there is something for everyone. The only thing I noticed was the lack of a veggie burger option. I opted for the Rorke Burger without bacon, which is basically your classic burger (lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, red onion, and sauce) with wedgies. I can honestly say that the burger was up there with some of the best I’ve ever had! The meat was cooked to perfection and the toppings complemented each other perfectly– how can you go wrong? Unfortunately, we had to skip dessert because we were just too full. Maybe next time!
While we were there, we were lucky enough to take in a jam-sesh held by some local musicians. It made the casual and friendly atmosphere even more enjoyable and authentic. I highly recommend you head out to the Stone Jug when you get a chance. I’ll definitely be going out again when the weather is warm!
Some other sights to see while you’re in the area: Amelia Earhart’s plane and a visually fascinating shipwreck, both in Harbour Grace, and a small town called Freshwater which is just picture perfect. The Carbonear-Bay Robert’s area also offers stunning coastline views which alone could justify the drive.
We’d love to hear from you! Have you been to this restaurant? What are your favourite sights in the Carbonear area? What are your favourite restaurants in general?
P.S. Apologies for the poor image quality, they were shot with my iPhone!