The Refectory

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Beginning June 10, the Refectory restaurant will be open from Thursday to Sunday. Meals will be served at noon and 1:30 p.m. Reservations required.

Open from Thursday to Sunday: at noon and 1:30 p.m., the museum’s restaurant, called the Refectory, welcomes you around a long table with 32 places. On the menu: a country meal in the style of New France, with bread and soup. You will enjoy a unique experience with a tasty menu, served in reproduction dishes based on elements in the museum’s collection, which dates back to the 17th century.

To ensure a place in the Refectory, it is preferable to make a reservation by telephone.

Beginning September 4th , the Refectory restaurant will be open Saturday and Sunday. Meals will be served at noon and 1:30 p.m. Reservations required. For groups of 20 people or more, the Refectory can open from Tuesday through Sunday, at 12:00 pm and at 1:30 p.m. Reservation required.

Repas campagnard à la mode de Nouvelle-France, avec le pain et le potage
Photo: Pierre Guzzo
Le Réfectoire
Photo: Maude Laferrière
Le Réfectoire
Photo: Pierre Guzzo

The bread oven

Cooking the bread
Outdoor bread ovens, often called "summer ovens", were generally built from clay and covered with a small roof to protect them from inclement weather. A traditional method for building such ovens was developed in the 17th century. On a solid platform of stone or planks, a cement hearth would be poured and smoothed (fireplace) and the door would be installed immediately. The oven would then be shaped from clay, well-mixed with straw, using a template made from alder wood. The vault would be shaped so as to rise gradually from the door to the back of the oven in order to ensure that the fire would burn well. As a result, the oven looked like a crouching beaver. A small roof would be installed over the oven, to allow it to dry for a week. The first fire would burn the alder wood and harden the vault. The Maison Saint-Gabriel bread oven was built by Jean Laberge.

[See the steps in building the bread oven]

Cooking the bread
Once the oven is thoroughly heated with a wood fire, the ashes are removed. Once the oven reaches an adequate temperature, a batch of several loaves of bread is put in to bake. This baking process takes about 30 minutes.

The bread is cooked either in bread pans or directly on the hearth, depending on the type of bread desired. There are many types of bread, such as household bread, round bread, braided bread and many others!

Cuisson du pain
Photo: Monique Tairraz
Photo: Monique Tairraz
Le four à pain
Photo: Pierre Guzzo

The bread is served in the Refectory
Once the bread has been cooked on site in the oven, it will be served in the Refectory, namely the museum’s restaurant. It will be served with a rich and hearty soup, much like the soups served in the 17th century. During their visit to the museum, visitors will discover new – and very old – flavours!

Information and reservations:
Téléphone: 514 935-8136
Fax: 514 935-5692