Fort Langley isn’t just Cranberries anymore.
I love Fort Langley, it’s a quaint Village, the Birthplace of BC and home to an awesome Cranberry Festival that takes place every October. It’s a fun little Village of 3400 people and it’s only 45 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Something that Fort Langley also has is a fun restaurant called Beatniks Bistro, which is right on the main road in town and has a great patio just made for enjoying in between sightseeing and shopping. Tour the old historic Fort, explore the BC Farm & Agricultural Museum or just wander the shops on Glover Road. Whatever you chose it’s a fun day but I can guarantee you’ll get hungry, so why not sit on the Beatniks Bistro patio with your beverage of choice and order some food and enjoy some patio time while watching the other “visitors” explore the town. 30 Best Patios are all over the lower mainland, you just have to be willing to have an adventure to find some of them.
Beatniks Bistro is at 9194 Glover Road, in an old yellow house that has been converted into the restaurant. Glover Road is “the” main strip of Fort Langley. You can buy everything from ice cream, books, coffee, cranberries to home and garden decor along Glover Road, including a few restaurants sprinkled between the shops. Beatniks Bistro is the only one with an outdoor patio though. After my friend Henri Phrabawa and I explored the shops and even walked down to the river for a stroll we ended up at Beatniks, hungry and ready for some food.
The patio space at Beatniks is quite large and every table is filled with people and it’s only 10:30am when we arrived. Large umbrellas to shade from the burning sun and lots of staff on hand to keep everything moving like clockwork.
Henri and I grab a table in the back corner and order a bottle of Pinot Grigio, the perfect choice for a light day of adventuring in Fort Langley.
With our thirst satisfied it’s time we turn our attention to our growling stomachs. Henri is drawn to the Cranberry Bread Pudding French Toast, after all cranberries is why Fort Langley was built in the first place. I can’t resist the Benny Breakdown, with slow braised ham, potatoes and house made hollandaise sauce I’m sold! The French Toast is definitely for those with a sweet tooth and the deconstructed Benny is absolutely fantastic, one of the best I’ve ever had actually.
Patio Check list:
- View – you get a street side view of Glover Road, the heart of Fort Langley
- Reservations – yes, if they are busy put your name on the list and then go explore the shops until your table is ready
- All weather patio – not really but they have large umbrellas to shade from the sun and any light sprinkles if it rains
- parking – you can find free parking on Glover Road if there is some available, you may have to drive around a little bit
- Social Media – follow them on Twitter and Facebook
- Coolness – it’s a great place to explore and Beatniks is right in the centre of it
Shake up the routine once in a while. Next weekend wake up, grab your coffee to go and hop in the car. Spend the morning in Fort Langley biking along the river, exploring the Fort or shopping, whatever tickles your fancy. Just make sure you end up at the Beatniks patio.
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