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Come to Stratford early and stay late! Construction delays may be significant in summer 2019 so be sure not to miss out on any fun!

Hwy 6 to Embro/401: Replacement of large culvert Aug-Nov

Expect delays but road will not be closed. Hwy 7 detour is suggested as above, if there is an overlap.

Hwy 8 between Stratford and Shakespeare: In progress

Beginning in early June, stretches of this road between the west end of Shakespeare and the east end of Stratford will be reduced on weekdays to a single lane, with flag people controlling traffic in both directions. Delays may be lengthy, so please allow additional time for your trip. (Both lanes are expected to be open on evenings and weekends.)


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    Dining Average price per entree, per person, as suggested by individual restaurants.
    $ = under $12
    $$ = $12 to $20
    $$$ = $20 to $35
    $$$$ = $35+

  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner
  • Photo of Madelyn's Diner

Madelyn's Diner opened October 10th, 1985 by my mother, Madelyn McCarty. She had been employed by several restuarants as a waitress, in fact her first job when she was a teen. was with A&W as a carhop.

The Diner was first located across the street, from our present location in a small mini-mall, "right across the street from the Beer Store", as we advertised. In that first location business started building, parking was limited and two years to the day, the diner was moved to our present location, with plenty of parking, which is extremely important to us, as we are on the edge of town, if the food is good the people will drive.

I, Krista Moore, took over the reins of the Diner, from my mother, in April 2013, after my mom indicated she was getting a "bit" tired, so now I am carrying on the tradition of the 4am wake up call to get the diner up and running each day. We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 7am to 8pm, Sunday from 8:00am to 1:30pm, for breakfast and fish 'n' chips only, closed on Monday, so we have time to re-charge for the next week, and so I can organize my husband and 5 children for the upcoming week as well. **Amendment to the hours -- we are NOW open Mondays March to December - taking January and February Mondays off!! **

We have an open kitchen, so the first faces you see when you walk in the door, are the kitchen crew, who I might add are quite attractive. This has been a great feature of the diner since the beginning, we are the able to great our customers by name, making them feel as though they are part of the family. We have a large prep area in the back where a lot of the magic happens that arrives on your plates on a daily basis, from hand cut french fries, house-made coleslaw, hand cut veggies and we can never forget the magical pastry for our house-made pies and award winning buttertarts.

Our seating capacity is from October to May is approximately 90, but swells to 120 during the warmer months when we open our patio. We have a little of something to please everyone. Our clientelle range from our faithful locals to customers from far and wide that visit our great city for the theatre. Our American friends, love our locally sourced Pemeal Bacon and eggs, a "Canadian" treat, along with many of our other breakfast options.

We work together, as a family and are proud to have many long-term employees, who although may not be related by blood, definitely are kindered spirits, in the love of good food and fun. Our atmosphere is casual and light-hearted, a welcome retreat for our customers. Jokes and banter fly from 7am to 8pm, customers and staff alike.

Our mission statement, "It's not about making money ... it's about feedling the world, with good food, good service and good fun."

Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday 7am - 8pm
Sundays Breakfast only 8am - 1:30pm - Fish 'n' Chips at 11am


Don’t miss the fun due to construction delays!

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