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The Olde Angel Inn
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 16
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
224 Regent St
Niagara on the Lake
, L0S 1J0
phone: (905) 468-3411
(Place added by: John)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 14
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This is a great place to go if you happen to find yourself in Niagara on the Lake (as I often do, my parents live there).
The atmosphere is awesome with a real historical feel. The ceilings are low with with white plaster and thick timber trestles. The walls, floor and entire bar are made of wood. Really old looking beaten up wood too.
The bar offer around a dozen beers on tap. There are a few macros like moosehead but there is also way better. There are house brewed beers that are all pretty tastey. I especially like the Red and the Bitter. The import selection is pretty good yet run of the mill. There are two exceptions; Caledonia 80 and Fuller's ESB. This is one of my favorite English ale and its impossible (for me) to find on tap in Toronto.
The service is good with friendly relatively knowledgable staff. If anything the service is a little slow.
I had the Fish and Chips last night and it was too greasy, the food is also a little pricey.
Overall this is an excellent place to sit back and relax with a pint of good beer. The atmosphere is really comfortable and like going back in time. A must visit if your even somewhat close.
12-21-2004 22:17:29 |
More by CAMRAhardliner
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I don't know that I can add anything more to the stellar reviews other than to recommend it to all. Smack in the middle of wine country, it's like a little beer oasis in a see of grapes and tourism. My wife and I were in Niagara on the Lake for a vacation and this was a great recommendation. Most of the beers are on tap and Niagara Falls Brewing has beers that are made specifically for the Inn (Angel Inn Lager, Red, and Best Bitter). The low ceilings, wood posts, and table that once was an old-fashioned Singer sewing machine were all very cool touches.
Decent pub fare and a good selection of beers. Again, in wine country, the beers are good but not great. But all in the area should definitely have a pint at the Olde Angel Inn
11-16-2004 20:28:02 |
More by mattcrill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
The Olde Angel Inn is an historic building in an historic town (Niagara-on-the-Lake) located about 7 miles up the road from the biggest tourist trap this side of the Mississippi, Niagara Falls. NOTL is also a bit touristy, but in that "I want to get away from casinos and Ripley's Believe-it-or-not museums, and explore an historic town set on a beautiful lake" kind of way.
The Olde Angel Inn wants to be touristy, but it can't escape what appears to be a long legacy of being a cozy, old-timey, charming outpost where people can escape the humid summers and harsh winters with fresh ale and good food.
And so it was as my girlfriend and I explored the village a few hours before we were to attend a wedding, walking in and out of overpriced boutiques and souvenir stores selling crap you don't need. We were hot and sweaty, the humidity was just awful. We had heard somewhere about the Olde Angel, so we decided to stop in for lunch. Very dark cherry colored wood lines the walls and bars, and the place is dim and cozy without being a hole, if you know what I mean. There is a big dining room to the left, with another similar sized room behind it. To the right is the bar area, which is rectangular and juts out in to the middle of the room, and has a nice rail and hooks on which to hang bags, jackets, etc. The pub is English-style all the way, with a touch of backwoods Canadian thrown in.
The beer selection, mostly draft, consists of locally brewed beers, Canadian macros, UK micros, and a handful of other European beers. The local brewery, Niagara Falls Brewing Company, makes three ales specifically for the OIde Angel, a lager, red, and best bitter. The bar also pours two Niagara Brewing beers that retain the brewery's name -- something called Gritstone (a slightly dark pale ale), and Old Jack (I'm assuming cider?). After this, there are some beers from Upper Canada Brewing, Moosehead, Steam Whistle, and then the European stuff: Guinness, Caledonia 80 Schilling, Smithwick's. Double Diamond, Kilkenny Cream Ale, Harp, Fuller's Best Bitter, Tetley's Ale, Warsteiner Pilsner, and Tuborg. Nice selection.
I opted for a Gritstone (nice) to go with fish and chips, which was OK, but a bit heavy on the batter and light on the fish. I also had a Fuller's Best Bitter, which is hard to find on draft in the US.
The crowd is a mix of tourists and locals who know it is a gem in an otherwise annoying location. Which leads me to a funny story: I witnessed a middle-aged, obviously tourist couple asked to sample three different beers, which the waiter gladly obliged. After brief discussion, they decided they didn't like any of them, and both opted for something else. A foursome of twenty-something Canadians sitting within earshot of me were watching them, and one girl commented "Ugh... Americans, they're so picky about everything." Belligerent, overbearing, cocky, and tacky, I'll admit fit the American stereotype. But I've never heard picky. For God's sake, our best selling beer tastes like cat pee! Oh well... I'm glad we stopped at the Olde Angel Inn, and yes, I picked up my tacky souvenir pint glass that I don't need on the way out...
09-01-2004 15:14:45 |
More by bultrey
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada is a rather quaint town located where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. A pivotal strategic and geographical point in the War of 1812, theres no shortage of history to indulge in here. The same goes for the Olde Angel Inn, which has been providing food and lodging to those in need for nearly 200 years. The hand hewn timbers that support the structure are visible throughout and are impressive even if a bit off kilter from settling over the years. Its also said to haunted by a former British soldier...Captain What's his Name ;-)
Lucky for us the Angel Inn has endured all that. What it offers today is probably the best selection of local Canadian micros and fine imported beer anywhere in the area. The beloved Smithwicks can be found here along with Fullers ESB and many more tasty standout brews. The full draught list can be found on the web site. The food is primarily pub grub but is very good. Great service and atmosphere. A must when visiting NotL. Let the wives and significant others shop whilst you enjoy a few pints!
10-08-2003 20:40:28 |
More by John
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The Olde Angel Inn in Niagara on the Lake, ON, Canada
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