Jennifer White, sole proprietor of The Orchid Restaurant in Thornbury, has been serving the community since 1996.

Jennifer (Taylor) born and raised on an apple farm in Clarksburg, learned the meaning of hard work at a young age. After her parents separated at age twelve, she left the farm life and was introduced to restaurant life at Georgian Peaks, where she helped her mother, who managed the kitchen, and offered babysitting for the members. Then became an entrepreneur at 13, opening a daycare in the basement of the club.

In 1996 while employed at The Wild Orchid, an opportunity arose, and Jennifer scraped together her savings to buy the restaurant, turning her dream of entrepreneurship into a reality. The business continued to grow. But, it took a lot of hard work, dedication and pinching pennies while raising three children, mostly on her own.

In 2004, her lease was bought out by Tim Horton’s. She was given 60 days notice to vacate. She scoured the area for another location, but nothing was suitable. The entire kitchen was donated to a high school; the décor was given to customers as momentums. It was a sad day for the community when Jennifer had to close her doors. Many of Jennifer’s staff and customers went to Pipers Restaurant, who then decided to start serving breakfast.

In 2007, a location became available, but Jennifer had to relocate and renovate her restaurant a couple of times over the next several years due to leasing issues. In 2018, The Orchid found its fourth and final location and it began to blossom once again. The pandemic has certainly wreaked havoc the last couple of years but nothing can keep the Orchid from being a success story.

At The Orchid, you can expect fast and friendly service for the whole family, featuring all-day breakfast and numerous dietary substitutions and endless coffee. They are famous for their homemade burgers, soups, eggs benedict, wraps, clubhouse sandwiches, fish and chips and homemade desserts. Answer the daily trivia correctly, and your coffee is free. Their focus is on serving the locals and the average working person, keeping their prices low and portions big.

Jennifer’s daughter Mariah has worked at the restaurant for fifteen years and plans to take over when Jennifer retires. Jennifer is now happily engaged to a former staff member from twenty years ago. Anthony Lloyd, a Red Seal Chef and Kitchen Manager at The Orchid. Jennifer and Anthony have been working side by side in the kitchen six days a week all summer and still plan to get married.

I highly recommend The Orchid Restaurant!
While staying at Blue Mountain we had the pleasure of enjoying the delicious food and hospitality at the Orchid. The food was outstanding and the portion sizes were good. The customer service was fantastic and friendly and they took Covid precautions seriously so you feel safe while enjoying your meal.  – Ian Cantle

Well known & appreciated by locals & tourists since 1996
81 King St. E. (Hwy 26), Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
519-599-5944   |
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