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The Olde Angel Inn
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 16
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
224 Regent St
Niagara on the Lake
, L0S 1J0
phone: (905) 468-3411
(Place added by: John)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 14
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located just off of the main drag the Angel Inn is an escape from the typical tourist attractions of Niagara on the Lake. The main draw is the atmosphere and selection of beers. You will find local microbrews such as Steam Whistle and Niagara Brewing as well as a variety of imports to satisfy your particular beer needs. I'm saying that they have a wonderful selection of light, medium, and dark that would satisfy almost anyone. In fact before it was introduced to the States early in 2005, I found Smithwicks, an Irish Ale that I had enjoyed in Ireland. A good beer, attached to even better memories of my brother and I engaged in some good craic in the local pubs. I highly reccommend the Angel Inn although I've never tried the food because I havent made it past the bar.
10-28-2005 18:47:09 |
More by jyeast101
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
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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This place has great atmosphere. In a town that caters to tourists, this seems to be a place that the local population can relax and enjoy themselves. The main pub area is quite informal and cozy, with lots of thick timber beams and brick around the bar. The walls are decorated with a variety of old beer paraphenalia and advertising, mostly from smaller and foreign brewers. There's also a more formal dining area that has a higher priced menu and isn't as quaint.
The food was decent, but not spectacular, pub fare. The fish and chips were pretty good and the appetizers came in fairly generous portions. The tap list was quite impressive for a pub in such a small town. There were a handful of beers contracted under the "Angel Inn" label and there were also a number from Niagara Brewing. Roughly half the list consisted of quality imports, including Fullers ESB, Caledonia 80, etc. Service was generally good, especially considering how busy it was while we were there. The waitstaff was attentive, but not intrusive. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and I would recommend this place to anyone who finds themselves in wine country and would like to enjoy a pint.
01-30-2005 20:12:41 |
More by DrJay
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
When you walk by the windows outside, you can see they have a lot of space here, so you probably won't ever have to wait too long for a seat. I visited The Olde Angel Inn for lunch while on my vacation.
The hosts at the B&B my wife and I stayed at recommended this place. They said they have the best beer selection in NOTL. I was glad we listened to their advice. The selection may not have been very large, but it was nice to have some craft beers to choose from. They have a selection of beers specific to the Inn: Angel Bitter, Angel Red, Angel Wheat, etc. I had the Angel Red, which was really good.
The vibe was a little touristy when I went, but the decor was nice. The service was really good. I had a burger, which was pretty average (nothing too special about it). Overall, I would say if you're in NOTL, this place is definitely worth a visit.
09-12-2011 19:11:58 |
More by SolipsismalCat
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Spend the last few days in Niagara-on-the-Lake visiting family, and was pleasantly surprised to find this little place in a town that mostly caters to American tourists and wine drinkers (we're in the heart of Ontario wine country here...)
Old style pub in a very old building (although I understand it's not the original). Lots of wood and old artifacty type stuff. We sat on a table in the corner by the dartboard.
This was around 3 in the afternoon, and service was a bit sketchy. Lots of servers chatting at the bar and they were sometimes hard to catch when you needed one.
Beer selection here is great, though -- probably 20 or more taps, including the standard macros, some larger Ontario micros (Creemore & Niagara), and a bunch of British imports including a couple that are very rare on tap. Also had three or four Angel Inn beers (brewed by Niagara Falls Brewing Company). Some of my companions tried these, but I (assuming I'd be back someday to try the Angel Inn brews) went for the Fuller's ESB and Caledonian 80 Shilling, neither of which I've seen on tap in Ontario before. Both were served at the right temperature and were nice and fresh.
Food was also pretty decent. Standard pub grub with a few interesting flairs, as well as some more upscale stuff that we didn't get into. We were just snacking, so we had some wings and fries to share among four people and I had a bowl of French onion soup (not bad, but nothing special).
A beer gem in a 'winey' area (not that there's anything wrong with good wine). I'll definitely be back.
03-07-2006 16:55:36 |
More by crwills
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
22 taps, half domestic, half quality imports. This is THE place for beer. [In the heart of the Niagara wine region, most other restaurants are a little pricier, catering to the wine aficionados].
I ate in the pub hall, not the fancier restaurant.
The original Inn was burnt down by the Yankee's in the war of 1812. The Upper Canada troops got their revenge by burning a house in Washington. Although it wasn't burnt to the ground, it necessitated a white-wash to cover the charred remains! (Yes, the White House).
In 1815, the Angel Inn was rebuilt on the original foundation, where it still stands today. It's the oldest operating Inn in Canada.
Enjoy a good local or imported beer, just as our ancestors might have 200 years ago!
11-14-2005 02:25:14 |
More by Derek
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here the other day with my Japanese wife for her first visit to Niagara on the Lake. Although its a touristy town, NOTL really is a beautiful place to spend the day. I read about The Olde Angel Inn here on Beeradvocate and decided to check it out.
ATMOSPHERE: Its a 200 year old pub/inn. Not much more to say, really. Aside from the gas fireplace and fire extinguishers, you honestly feel like you've gone back in time. Very impressive, in fact probably the biggest selling point to this establishment.
SERVICE: Our waitress was really nice. She sat us in an amazing seat (right in front of the fireplace) and let us sample beer and wine before purchase. She didn't immediately know the answers to some of our questions, but she checked and promptly returned with an answer. Very impressive, overall. However, some of the other waitresses were just hanging around the bar and seemed "brusque" to some of the other patrons. My wife wasn't accustomed to the larger portions we have in Canada and took awhile to finish her food...a different waitress walked by and said "You done yet?!" in a borderline hurried tone.
SELECTION: You aren't going to get better in the Ontario "wine belt". About 20 offerings, if memory serves. Bottled selection was very basic, but on tap they had 6 Niagara Brewery offerings (3 brewed exclusively for the pub), Creemore, Caledonian 80, Fullers ESB, some typical Canadian offerings (creemore, moosehead), as well as Strongbow. Everything was served perfectly. Although the ratings on this site are very low I REALLY enjoyed the Angel Inn Extra Bitter.
FOOD: Good, hearty pub offerings. I had the Guinness Beef Pie, my wife had the fish and chips. Generous portions.
VALUE: Not at all expensive. Pints were about 5 dollars, lunch offerings ranged from 9 to 12 dollars.
02-08-2009 17:10:46 |
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