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Mar 25, 2013 03:22 PM

Pub Grub in Toronto

We'll be in Toronto in May staying near Avenue Road and Bloor St. We'd like to have a nice pub lunch one day, a pint with fish and chips, maybe some curried chicken or Shepard's pie, even corned beef and cabbage. I've found a few possible places and was wondering which serves a well prepared meal.

The Oxley
Queen and Beaver
Irish Embassy
PJ O'Brian's

Any other favorites would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. The Oxley is closest to you and is run by the same folks as the Queen and the Beaver (which is a bit further away). Either of those would fit the bill and are very strong food and service-wise.

    You can also check out Museum Tavern which is also very close to you and has excellent food. They have fish and chips and a few less traditional options as well.

    Irish Embassy is competent but with a very corporate environment.

    PJ O'Briens is a step down food wise but definitely a traditional pub.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Cat123

      Thank you Cat123, I appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Looks like the Oxley and Museum Tavern will be convenient stops for us.

      1. re: curiousgeo

        Museum Tavern isn't a pub. More bistro-ish with a contemporary menu. Nice place but no shepherd's pie.

        1. re: MissBingBing

          Even if Museum Tavern doesn't offer Shepherd's Pie, corned beef or curried chicken, it does offer fish & chips, steak & fries and burgers, as well as several somewhat-inspired dishes I'd consider to be gastropub-type dishes. While it isn't a traditional UK or Irish-style pub, I'd consider Museum Tavern to be closer to a gastropub than a bistro.

          1. re: prima

            I agree, it is far more pub than bistro to me.

    2. I'll add to the chorus of approval for Q&B or Oxley, and add that you're a short subway ride away from Allen's at Broadview/Danforth, which, if the weather is good, has a lovely patio in addition to all the pub fixings you mentioned.

      1. Here's another thread on decent pub food:

        Corned beef & cabbage isn't too common on TO pub menus.

        Anyone have a rec for a good shepherd's pie?

        I agree with the others recommending The Oxley. While it's probably serving the best quality pub food near Avenue & Bloor, it doesn't have many of the traditional pub dishes the OP has mentioned.

        There is Chicken Curry, Shepherd's Pie, Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash on the menu at the Duke of York on Prince Arthur, also located close to Avenue and Bloor. I haven't eaten at the Duke of York in a few years, but I've found my last couple meals at other Duke locations to be surprisingly decent for chain pub food.

        The Monk's Table, about a 15 minute walk from Avenue & Bloor, has a Shepherd's Pie on their menu. I haven't tried it.

        I used to like the food at the Irish Embassy, but my last 2 visits in the last 2 years, were ok at best. Has anyone eaten at the Irish Embassy recently?