Matt Milland has been head chef at the Big Eddy Pub for just over a year now. (Danielle Hebert/Revelstoke Review)

Big Eddy Pub a ‘best kept secret kind of place’ says chef

Matt Millard has been a part of some major changes over the last year

Danielle Hebert

Special to the Review

Matt Milland has been head chef at the Big Eddy Pub for just over a year now.

Milland is originally from Melbourne, Australia and moved to Revelstoke in 2012. He first came for the snowboarding, which is a huge passion of his, but after he experienced a summer in Revy, he was hooked and has pretty much been here ever since.

After having some luck with several working visas, Milland is excited to have been granted Permanent Resident status in Canada.

READ MORE: Craft Bierhaus head chef has a lifelong relationship with cooking

Milland trained in culinary arts and did an apprenticeship in Australia before moving to Canada. He said he chose cooking as a profession because it was something he knew he could do all over the world.

His love for both travel and Revelstoke make him a perfect fit for chef at the Big Eddy Pub because as Milland put it, “the pub really caters to locals and to travellers from all over the world”.

With a comfortable and homey atmosphere it’s not hard to see why the pub is a favourite.

“Being away from downtown, in many ways, makes it a best kept secret kind of place but it is always busy and we regularly sell out every item on the menu” said Milland.

Milland said that he loves being the chef at the pub for many reasons, but he really likes that the menu is not limited by needing to fit into any particular type of food, instead they are free to create a great menu just based off of what their guests want.

READ MORE: New owners refresh Revelstoke’s Woolsey Creek Bistro

“It doesn’t have to be Italian food, or pizza, or anything in particular. We do classic pub food, but there are no boundaries. Just trying out lots of different stuff to see what people like the most.”

That being said, the pub is known for delicious in-house smoked meats and very popular burgers. Milland mentioned that burger night on Thursdays is a favourite for many regulars of the pub, and includes a locally-sourced burger and side for ten dollars.

Milland also said that he would be love to offer more locally sourced items on the menu but has had a hard time finding the kind of supply that is needed to maintain the consistent demands of the busy kitchen. But he said that is definitely a part of his vision for the restaurant and hopes to find some good connections with local producers.

He said that he would love to see some local farmers that catered specifically to supplying restaurants, which he believes would be a very successful business in this area.

READ MORE: Revelstoke landfill in trouble with B.C.’s environmental protection division

Milland has been part of several changes in the pub over the past year, including some menu additions and a major kitchen renovation. He and the rest of the staff and owners are also in the process of updating the menu and are expecting to launch a it leading up to the busy winter season.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

RCMP catch ‘erratic’ driving thieves; upon release steal mountain bike

The incident involved a police chase, taser, and a destroyed vehicle

Warmer fall weather could extend wildfire season: AccuWeather

Above seasonal temperatures are expected throughout September, October and November

‘Unsubstantiated’ bomb threat against CP Rail in Revelstoke

On Aug. 18, a bomb threat was made against CP Rail in Revelstoke

Harvest Hootenanny promises to be a hoot

The event will be held on Sept. 7 at Take to Heart Mill on Westside Road in Revelstoke

VIDEO: Title of 25th Bond movie is ‘No Time to Die’

The film is set to be released in April 2020

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

Trans Mountain gives contractors 30 days to get workers, supplies ready for pipeline

Crown corporation believes the expansion project could be in service by mid-2022

Heavy police responses in Kamloops connected to unfounded weapons calls

Mounties were seen in Westsyde and in North Kamloops on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning

Suspect drops white powder running from police near Kelowna playground

Kelowna RCMP responded to reports of two individuals swinging a chain in a park

Rosemount cooked diced chicken linked to listeria case in B.C.

The symptoms of listeria include vomiting, nausea, fever, muscle aches

B.C. seniors allowed more choice to stay in assisted living

Province doesn’t need to wait for a complaint to investigate care, Adrian Dix says

Power up: UBC Okanagan researchers designing battery that packs more punch

It’s a collaboration between the university and B.C.-based tech companies

Most Read