In a secluded spot by the Spray River and the golf course’s 15th tee is Waldhaus, the Fairmont Banff Springs’ charming House in the Forest. This renovated 1927 Bavarian-style ‘cottage’ was once the golf clubhouse. To access the restaurant, walk down from the main hotel or up from the Bow Falls parking lot. Waldhaus’ menu is inspired by Alpine and German cuisine; the fondue is a signature dish.
The dark wood panel décor, oversized fireplace and beautiful wine cabinet (that houses a fine selection of new- and old-world labels) complement the authentic European cuisine. The cozy pub below the restaurant is one of Banff’s best kept secrets. It features two giant 80” HD screens (great for sports), free pool and darts, ‘famous’ Das Boot (big, boot-shape glass of German draft) and a patio with a terrific view of rivers, mountains and golfers-at-the-tee.
Soup: beer and onion soup with rye croutons
Salads: house greens; Caesar with cave aged Gouda, pretzel crouton
Three-Course Fondue Experience ($90 per person; two person minimum): traditional Swiss (Emmental, Gruyère, white wine, kirschwasser, shaved nutmeg, black pepper) shaved black truffle; smoked cheddar (Emmental, Gruyère, local apple cider) beef fondue; Toblerone chocolate fondue (fresh fruit, marshmallow, banana bread)
Dessert: Sacher cake (chocolate custard, apricot, crème de cacao, whipped cream); apple strudel; vanilla Bavarois (fruit, cream, chocolate, pistachio)
Pub Menu: soups; salads; shared cheese and charcuterie board; warm pretzels; falafel; Swiss fondue; wings (five options with blue cheese dip); Haus nachos; sandwiches; burgers; pork schnitzel; desserts
Mains: $20 to $58
Drinks: wines $43 to $450, 73 choices, $12 to $21 by the glass, 18 choices; German and Canadian draught and bottled beer; ciders
Wednesday to Sunday; 6 to 9 pm; pub daily 4 to 11 pm