Sooke Harbour House

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A 2003 photo of Sinclair Philip in the cellar of the Sooke Harbour House. The cellar again in 2009 holds the Wine Spectator Grand Award, one of about 85 in the world. Focus has shifted to wines of the Cascadia region.

The Sooke Harbour House is an inn and restaurant located in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.[1][2] It was one of the first restaurants to devote itself to local foods,[citation needed] having done so since 1979. It serves what is now called "West Coast Canadian Cuisine." This cuisine draws inspiration from the foods of the indigenous peoples of the region, the sea, and farmed products from within roughly 25 miles of the inn.

The Sooke Harbour House has been owned by Frederique and Sinclair Philip since 1979. Sinclair Philip is the Canadian representative to Slow Food in Italy and some years ago was a Slow Food Vancouver Island Convivium leader. Mr. Philip has a doctorate in political economics from the University of Grenoble in France. The head chef of the restaurant for nearly 15 years was Edward Tuson (he has recently opened his own property in Sooke called Black Market Meats). The head gardener of the kitchen gardens for over 13 years was Byron Cook.[3] The kitchen team was for a time under Sam Benedetto (now Executive Chef at Zambri's) and then Robin Jackson took the lead role. The restaurant's chef now is Oliver Kienast.


  1. ^ Robinson, Kathryn; Lives, Who (July 23, 1989). "Order of the Day at This Inn: Relax". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  2. ^ "Sooke Harbour House: Vancouver Island The leading edge World-class restaurant's distinctive features can be emulated in Ontario". Toronto Star. October 28, 1987. Retrieved July 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Apple Jr., R. W. (August 30, 2000). "An Escape to Eden On Vancouver Island". The New York Times. Retrieved January 12, 2018.

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Coordinates: 48°21′23″N 123°43′39″W / 48.3565°N 123.7275°W / 48.3565; -123.7275