The Olde Stone Brewing Company

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The Olde Stone Brewing CompanyThe Olde Stone Brewing Company
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The Olde Stone Brewing CompanyThe Olde Stone Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

380 George St N
Peterborough, Ontario, K9H 3R3

(705) 745-0495 | map

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Photo of eberesford
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Unpretentious English pub feel. Characteristic pub food, friendly service. Decent if not outstanding beer brewed for this pub. Some now available through the LCBO. Been here a long time.

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Photo of Cycle69
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of SgtStout
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I grew up near Peterborough and as a kid spent lots of time in the restaurant that adjoins the Olde Stone, called Hot belly Mamas. Only after coming back from University did i discover what great beer I'd been missing!

Olde Stone and Hot Belly Mamas are actually owned and operated by the same people, and you can start with some drinks in the pub and then walk through to the restaurant, have a meal and pay all together.

The service is great. I've had the same server since I was 15, and he still recognizes me even though I'm only there once or twice a year.

The food at old stone is good pub fare, but the real treat is Hot Belly Mamas! They have a great menu of Cajun/Creole food, my personal favorites being the Blackened Catfish, the Bayou Boil (the most delectable mountain of spicy crawfish ever known to man) and their sweet potato frites.

The house beer offerings are your standard styles (stout, bitter, wheat, IPA) and seasonal (often fruit) brews. While they're all good, special mention goes to the Or Dubh Stout, which is just a fabulous, creamy, malty, smoky beer.

All of the above plus live jazz and blues bands in the summer means you have got to have some Cajun cookin' at Hot Belly Mama's and enjoy some of Olde Stone's great micro-brewed beers!

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Photo of barleywort
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Now that I'm no longer in Peterborough, I'm surprised that the place I miss the most is the Olde Stone. Over my 2 1/2 years in the city, I was a the Olde Stone maybe 6 or 7 times, and now that I've left, I realize how much more I should have gone.

With regards to atmosphere, it feels like a cross between a nitty-gritty public house and something else...perhaps a finer dining establishment? Exposed brick, pew-style seating for some, rickety old wooden chairs and tables (with character) for others. The character seems a bit contrived with some elements (i.e. plaster strategically left in some places), but there isn't anything to complain about.

Service has always been exceptional for myself. The selection is fantastic, with pubfare stalwarts and plenty of specials changing on a regular basis. The food has always been good; I've never had the same thing twice, but not because I didn't like it, I just wanted to try more. The desserts are great and plentiful. I still find myself craving their fries.

What really had me was the proprietary brews they served. Ever-changing and reliably fantastic, I would inquire nearly every time I was there why they hadn't gotten a bottling license, much to the amusement of the wait staff.

This is one of 3 must-stops should you ever find yourself in Peterborough.

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Photo of bobsy
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This proved to be a good spot to waste some time between a wedding ceremony and the reception. The atmosphere was decent enough, and it has a nice old fashioned feel to the interior, with lots of old exposed wood. If you head downstairs you’ll see the brewing tanks and supplies on the way to the gents. Server was friendly and attentive. Food seemed okay - a little hit and miss, but on the whole quite nice. Selection included 4 of the pub’s own brews, plus a small handful of other craft brews. I got a 5 brew sampler, because I was being indecisive about which one to order. Turns out that the Or Dubh Stout was my favourite, so I followed up with a pint of that.

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Photo of Conrad
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This is a working man's town, a hockey town, and a university town. You won't find a froofy fern bar here. So in Peterborough, the Olde Stone is an unpretentious, solid, no-nonsense place for good beer and good food. I visit P'bro a couple of times a year, and always make it a point to go to the Olde Stone for a plate of excellent chicken wings and good beer. I have never been disappointed because of sold out selections. Often, there is a seasonal brew available. I particularly like the Red Fife Wheat. -So named because the strain of red fife wheat was developed not far away over 100 years ago and revolutionized wheat farming.
The atmosphere is great, and the beer better. Highly recommended.

Carpe cerevise!

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Photo of Sammy
2.9/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

The advantage of this place is its central location in the large town of Petersborough, and its twin function restaurant. Plainer fare in the one Englisg stle narrow bar, and then somewhat more exotic for this locale in the adjoining restaurant, with its own guest taps. There were only three home-brewed available, and they were passable. The stout was sold out, and apparantly for popularity reasons. Service was functional when they noticed you. It was clean and bright and easy to find parking. The guest taps were weak, and very possibly outdated beer.

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Photo of foamer
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I was visiting a friend at Trent University in town and we decided to pop by for dinner. It quickly became my favourite place to go when in Peterborough. It is housed in the oldest commercial building in Peterborough (built in 1838) and was actually used as a brewery in its early days. Situated on the George Street, it is right downtown with fairly ample parking along side streets and some public lots west of George.

The beer selection is pretty standard - a bitter, north american wheat, dark ale, stout, and seasonals. Pickwick's Bitter, the Red Fife Wheat Ale and Wilde Olde Ale (the dark) are nothing to really scream about, but I highly recommend the Or Dubh Stout and their summer seasonal IPA!

The food selection is a little more varied than the standard, but not a whole lot. Regardless, the food is very good and the proportions are quite large for the price. All in all, well worth the trip if you're in the area.

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Photo of TerryW
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great spot right on the main street downtown in Peterborough. Patio opens up to the street and you can watch the world go by. One of those busted up, multi level old buildings full of nooks, crannies, hidey holes, glass in-booths and anything else you can think of along those lines. Fireplace, too. You can check out the beer making in the basement. Beer oriented grafitti in the washrooms, too. Gotta love it.

Beer brewed on site is interesting and of decent quality. A standard line up supplemented by seasonal brews. Good place to go for an intro. Order the sampler and get five 5 oz. glasses of beer to work your way through. Took my mother-in-law there (non-beer drinker) and she had a laugh riot. An epiphany for her.

Have started to visit more regularly and developed some fondness for the food. The quality seems to have inched it's way up and the menu offers a decent variety. I've been pleasantly surprised by some offers and haven't come across anything that disappoints. They put together quite a decent sandwich.

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The Olde Stone Brewing Company in Peterborough, ON, Canada
Brewery rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 21 ratings