Customer Story – Iron Kettle B&B finds success baking bread during the pandemic

Jan 28, 2021

The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast has been a popular destination in Comber, Ontario for years, offering delicious food as well as charming accommodations inside the historic 1876 Victorian home. The Iron Kettle’s culinary team also offered catering services and cooking classes, and the venue was the site of many weddings and other special events within the community. Owners Ben Leblanc and Ginette Tremblay purchased the B&B in 2013 after falling in love with the space during their own honeymoon — and the rest is history!

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last spring, the Iron Kettle was forced to shut down operations. They could no longer host guests for overnight stays or serve meals in their dining room. Like all independent restaurant owners, Ben and Ginette were facing sudden and unexpected challenges — but then, they pivoted in a unique and wildly successful way.

Bread-and-breakfast

The Iron Kettle has always been known for their phenomenal menu offerings, and when they found themselves working under new restrictions, they focused on something they could do both safely and extremely well: bake and sell artisan bread. The team introduced the Iron Kettle ‘bread boutique’, selling fresh artisan loaves, bagels, baguettes and more. As word spread in town and on social media, they began selling out regularly. Within weeks, the Iron Kettle’s fresh bread was in incredibly high demand, with customers driving from all over the region to get their hands on their favourite loaves. Items like coffee, maple candies and maple syrup, local honey and handmade charcuterie boards were soon added to the bread boutique’s offering.

Business wasn’t just surviving; it was thriving. By the end of 2020, Ben and his team had made over 28,000 loaves of bread. As restrictions changed, they also introduced a takeout menu with its own website for convenient online shopping. The entire transition was an exemplary example of finding inspiration in hardship, and the Iron Kettle’s success is well deserved.

Great things ahead in 2021

After a successful but tumultuous 2020, The Iron Kettle Bed and Breakfast looks forward to reopening their doors in 2021, and we’re sure they’ll continue to be leaders in hospitality and the local business community. Congratulations to this longtime Morton client on their quick thinking, brilliant innovation and resilience throughout the pandemic. If you find yourself near Comber later this year, be sure to pay them a visit! You’ll be glad you did.