The Olde Angel Pub (Niagara-on-the-Lake)

On our innkeeper’s suggestion, we ventured off Niagara-on-the-Lake’s busy Queen street and veered onto Regent instead. Here, the Olde Angel Inn resides and operates one of Ontario’s oldest pubs (established in 1789 and re-built in 1815). Going through the narrow doorway, you’re transported (somewhat) back into the past: the dining room has the rustic charm of exposed knotty beams and small slightly uneven windows. However, the restaurant has received modern renovations including re-laid even flooring, television screens, gas fireplaces, and air conditioners (a modern miracle within the cozy packed environment).

For being in wine country, their wine list is surprisingly short and disappointing. Yet, given the Olde Angel is an English-style pub, you’re better off sticking with their beers. It’ll likely pair better with their meals anyways since beer is used in a number of the mains. Guinness is incorporated into the steak and onion pie ($15.49), where the rich salty Guinness gravy is so good that I sopped up every last bit with my fries. The oval piece of puff pastry on top was a tad hard to cut through, but was nonetheless crispy and flakey. Within the actual pie were huge chunks of roasted beef and not a vegetable in sight (a welcomed recipe for some). I enjoy some vegetables in mine so added the accompanying peas into the pie for contrast.

Their house beer is used in the English style fish and chips ($15.99). The recipe creates a thicker batter without the air pockets that create a crunchier bite. Nevertheless, it was still crispy and the fish was well drained so you won’t get a mouthful of oil. For me, I enjoy a zippier tartar sauce, so found it could use more relish, but the coating was well flavoured; enough that the fish even tastes good without the condiment. I was a tad disappointed that the “chips” were actually fries and not the thick flat version found in the UK. There’s something about the cut (not a fry nor a wedge) that makes it the perfect vessel for dipping into things. 

The Olde Angel’s pub wasn’t quite as “old” as I expected, but its laid-back charm makes for a cozy dinner. Moreover, after a day of drinking, tucking into a hearty English meal was an ideal ending to the day.

Overall mark - 8 out of 10

How To Find Them
 Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
 Address: 224 Regent Street

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