The Olde Angel Inn
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 16
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by crwills:
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Spend the last few days in Niagara-on-the-Lake visiting family, and was pleasantly surprised to find this little place in a town that mostly caters to American tourists and wine drinkers (we're in the heart of Ontario wine country here...)
Old style pub in a very old building (although I understand it's not the original). Lots of wood and old artifacty type stuff. We sat on a table in the corner by the dartboard.
This was around 3 in the afternoon, and service was a bit sketchy. Lots of servers chatting at the bar and they were sometimes hard to catch when you needed one.
Beer selection here is great, though -- probably 20 or more taps, including the standard macros, some larger Ontario micros (Creemore & Niagara), and a bunch of British imports including a couple that are very rare on tap. Also had three or four Angel Inn beers (brewed by Niagara Falls Brewing Company). Some of my companions tried these, but I (assuming I'd be back someday to try the Angel Inn brews) went for the Fuller's ESB and Caledonian 80 Shilling, neither of which I've seen on tap in Ontario before. Both were served at the right temperature and were nice and fresh.
Food was also pretty decent. Standard pub grub with a few interesting flairs, as well as some more upscale stuff that we didn't get into. We were just snacking, so we had some wings and fries to share among four people and I had a bowl of French onion soup (not bad, but nothing special).
A beer gem in a 'winey' area (not that there's anything wrong with good wine). I'll definitely be back.
03-07-2006 16:55:36 | More by crwills
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My girl and I came here while spending a weekend in Niagara On The Lake for a friend's wedding. This pub - which I've heard is Ontario's oldest - is located just off the town's main drag, behind the courthouse and close to the local LCBO. As such, it is absolutely flooded with tourists, but it still manages to exude a pleasant and warming character.
Atmosphere is classic English pub with dark wood tables and chairs, a large sit-down bar, and lots of memorabilia hanging on the walls. A display of old tap handles looms over the bar, and I spotted Black Oak's long-retired Lager among the 'trophies.'
Service was excellent as our waitress was very prompt in getting everything to the table. When I asked her which brewers make the pub's house beers, she not only answered my question (Great Lakes brews the Amber, while Niagara Brewing makes the Bitter and Pale Lager), but also brought me a flight of 4oz samples of each beer, free of charge! The Bitter was quite good while the Amber and Lager were just okay.
Beer selection includes many solid craft brews and imports. In addition to the house beers, I went with an Amsterdam Two Fisted Stout and also spotted the Belgian Wit, Creemore Springs Lager, Niagara Gritstone Ale, Steam Whistle Pilsner, Upper Canada Lager and Dark Ale, Fuller's London Pride, and Hobgoblin on tap. As well, the elusive Old Vienna can be had in bottles.
I don't remember what my girlfriend ordered for lunch but my bangers and mash paired perfectly with the Stout. Portions are generous and everything is reasonably priced too.
Overall, The Olde Angel Inn is one of the most charming pubs I've come across in this province. Although it doesn't offer an abundance of rare beers, it's still a lovely place to enjoy a quality pint and hearty meal. If I lived in the Niagara Region, this would be a regular hangout for me. Definitely worth a visit.
10-28-2010 22:04:21 | More by cratez
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | More by vikingmike
3.28/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is the best place for a Beer advocate to be in Niagara on the Lake.
Atmosphere is great. Olde pub/inn -type of vibe to it. The place has been around for a long, long time, since around 1812. I think it has burnt down in the past, but it's still in the same location, and still has some of the origional brick-work. Very... cosy.
The food will stick to your ribs. Good pub fare. Good selection of Beers, a lot of British imports, some german, a few Belgian, a few North American macro's, and a few Angel Inn brews (brewed by Niagara Brewing Co.). Beers are served properly (temp, glass, etc.)
Service is good for this type of place. You might have trouble getting the bartenders attention when the place is crowded, but if you are seated at a table you won't have as much trouble getting your Beer.
The pricing is reasonable for most of the stuff, but a bit pricy for some. I guess considering that it's in a tourist town, it's not so bad for your $.
06-30-2007 17:33:59 | More by BrewSomerville
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Stopped in in the way back from a beer run to Buffalo. Very old Inn has been in operation since the war of 1812....were it is rumored the inn picked up it's resident ghost. Poor fellow seems to have died hiding in an ale barrel in the cellar...death where is they sting? ;-)
The decore is olde English inn...low ceilinggs smoke stained wood and original brickwork...nice little bar with many tap handles. But just domestics, and the macro export English ales...they do have some crafted house beer done by Niagara Falls brewing that is worth the stop. The food was ample portioned and well made pub fare at a decent cost...great service. There are live celtic bands on the week ends...all in all a very nice old inn worth a trip for the curious.
02-09-2006 05:52:57 | More by pootz
British Columbia (Canada)
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Located just off of the main drag the Angel Inn is an escape from the typical tourist attractions of Niagara on the Lake. The main draw is the atmosphere and selection of beers. You will find local microbrews such as Steam Whistle and Niagara Brewing as well as a variety of imports to satisfy your particular beer needs. I'm saying that they have a wonderful selection of light, medium, and dark that would satisfy almost anyone. In fact before it was introduced to the States early in 2005, I found Smithwicks, an Irish Ale that I had enjoyed in Ireland. A good beer, attached to even better memories of my brother and I engaged in some good craic in the local pubs. I highly reccommend the Angel Inn although I've never tried the food because I havent made it past the bar.
10-28-2005 18:47:09 | More by jyeast101
3.43/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Stumbled on to this place with the in laws in Niagra on the Lake on Tuesday,I walked into a what looked like a early 19th century ale house with low ceilings and woodwork comparable to an old English pub I would presume.It was very crowded but aour server got us a table quite quickly,some brews I have not seen in the US like Caledonian 80/ and Kilkenny cream ale along with a few from Niagra Falls,Upper Canada,and Clancys wich was nice.The menu seemed pretty traditional steak and kidney pie,steak and oyster pie (wich I had),and chicken and peach pie to go along with fish and chips and alot of sandwiches.The food left a little to be desired though the crust was very salty and my wifes had to be taken back for being underdone,the steak and oyster pie had a funk to it not an oyster funk just an odd funk to it,my father in laws shepards pie was very good though.Our server was switched with another for some reason and the new one seemed confused but she was courtious.All in all not bad I thought it might be better but I would and likely will go back when in the beautiful Niagra on the Lake.
05-27-2005 21:36:02 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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
The Olde Angel Inn in Niagara on the Lake, ON, Canada
89 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.