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London Ale House
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
288 Dundas St
, N6B 1T6
phone: (519) 204-2426
Reviews by cratez:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
EDIT - JUNE 2011: the bottle list rotates occasionally, with stuff from Flying Monkeys and other crafters popping up every now and then, but the draught list remains sub-par (Cobblestone, Tankhouse, Steam Whistle, and *sometimes* McAuslan). My rating stands, and I should note that this place is more of a 'beer friendly' sports bar than a full-on beer bar.
Another new beer bar on the London scene, Ale House is the latest in a string of beer-focused establishments that have opened in the last year or so. No doubt the success of places like Gambrinus, Chaucer's, Black Shire, and Morrissey House have inspired other spots to take a crack at the 'good beer' theme. Whether or not roughly 9 beer-friendly restaurants can continually thrive in a city of 400,000 remains to be seen. One would think that, at some point, the market becomes saturated.
Anyhow, this place distinguishes itself by simultaneously appealing to the beer curious and mainstream folks who could care less what they're drinking. Two large outdoor patios, a sizable sit-down bar, countless booths and tables, and live music provide a loud and energetic atmosphere.
Service was good though our waitress was spread way too thin. Management should pick up the signals - low tips, complaints, etc. - and put on more staff, particularly for a Saturday night. One of four beers was not served in proper glassware, which I'm willing to overlook since our waitress was so busy.
Beer selection is 15 taps and 75 bottles of mediocre to excellent brands. From what I recall they have Wellington County Dark, Fuller's ESB, Porter & London Pride, Chimay White Cap, Nickel Brook Green Apple, KLB Raspberry Wheat, Boston Lager, Pilsner Urquell, Waterloo Wheat, Creemore Lager, Mill Street Tankhouse & Cobblestone, Steam Whistle, Okanagan 1516 & Extra Pale Ale, Stiegl Pils, Anchor Steam, McAuslan Apricot, and Muskoka Cream on the menu. None of these beers are mind-blowing, but the selection is more than respectable, especially for a place that's only 6 months old.
The food menu includes suggested beer pairings for every single dish, and many plates are either made with beer - I noticed a "stout au jus" for one item - or have some type of beer influence. My girl and I split the Mediterranean Flat Bread and Greek Salad, both were above average quality.
I'm a Gambrinus regular, and it has most of these beers and much more, so I have little reason to frequent the Ale House. However, considering this place is located on the edge of downtown and is clearly appealing to the Dundas/East End crowd, I think it's off to a great start. The bar also stays open until 2am every night.
Overall, the Ale House is a solid, mid-range beer bar that's targeted toward beer novices, casual patrons, and night owls seeking something flavourful to quaff. In that regard, it's a welcomed addition to the London beer scene, and I sincerely hope it can survive in what is now a crowded market.
06-09-2011 20:28:16 |
More by cratez
More User Reviews:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
A new addition to the London Beer Bar scene, London Ale House invites both the beer newbie, and the somewhat seasoned.
There is a small out front patio, and a large private backdoor patio which I frequent because it is shaded. The place itself is huge and has many booths and tables. Lots of room at the bar.
The beer list here isn't mind blowing, but I've had Tankhouse, Steamwhistle on tap, as well as Cobblestone stout. Bottles are increasing and are approaching the 100 mark. Many micros are available, from local Ontario stuff, to some of the US guys as well. I've had Muskoka Cream, Anchor Steam, and KLB Raspberry. Each menu item is paired with a beer, and a lot of items are made with beer. I recently had a pulled pork strudel, which was excellent and very filing. The pork was cooked in beer. I also had a ceasar salad with original ceasar dressing. All food here is fresh not frozen. Service here overall is pretty good, though I have had a couple of occasions where I've been left out on the patio to dry, but the waitress apologized, so it is all good. On another occasion, they were simply understaffed. They have some pretty good specials here, so while I won't always come here for my first choice, I'll gladly end up here from time to time and enjoy my visits.
02-09-2011 11:38:22 |
More by mrmanning
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I visited this place on our way from Chicago to Toronto.
The London Ale House is located right in downtown London and has a decent amount of free or cheap parking right outside the door. The decor is sort of generic modern pub with lots of woodwork, and with a few nice twists. The waitresses wear plaid skirts / uniforms. The place also serves peanuts in the shell and it seemed fine with everyone to just throw the shells on the floor. They also have free WiFi.
Service was friendly and our waitress was fairly knowledgable about the beers on tap. She did a good job of describing the flavors and even let my wife have a couple samples before she decided.
The food was quite good. We were visiting at lunchtime and we got soup and sandwich deals that were tasty and very reasonable.
The beer selection was over a dozen taps and a bunch of bottled beers. About half or more of the bottles were not terribly craft oriented but there was some good stuff in there. I chose a couple different Mill Street beers and my wife had a McAuslan Apricot and a Wellington wheat beer.
This was a nice place that I would gladly visit again if I were in town.
09-26-2010 04:58:41 |
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