The lake front was very noisy and busy with shipping and lumber production, as well as the lime kiln operation. Throughout the first half of the 19th century, sailing vessels travelled regularly via Lake Erie carrying materials and produce to and from Lake Erie ports.
To improve docking facilities, the Canadian Government decided to construct a harbour along the western end of Lake Erie in the 1880’s. Through examination and consideration, Kingsville was chosen as a preferable area. In response, Captain William Mallot began planning to build a large dock at the Kingsville harbour in 1884.
When another man, David Elliott, heard of this he immediately bought a parcel of land right above the site where Mallot was to construct the dock. In 1886, Elliott built a two-story Inn, with a balcony around the second floor; it was known as the Grovedale House. The Inn's customers were primarily lumberjacks and sailors from the area. The Inn quickly became known for its fine fish soup. By the time Elliott died in 1918, the Elliott House had greatly deteriorated as it grew older. Over the next 30 years the House grew even worse and became a haven for rum-runners during prohibition.
It was later taken over in 1945 by Alf and Lou Pearce. The Pearce's renovated and eventually lived there and operated it for many years as the Grovedale Tavern. In more recent years, the building has been operated under the name “Kings Landing”. In 1989 the present owners, George Mantziouras and Greg Triferis, renovated the building by adding a new kitchen and expanding the dining area to include a small banquet area. Most recently, new windows and an outdoor patio have been installed to enhance the view of Kingsville’s fishing harbour. No trip to Kingsville is complete without visiting this hisoric building. The staff of Kings Landing await you, to make your dining experience a memorable one.
Photos courtesy of Kingsville-Gosfield Heritage Society