The Queen and Beaver ~ 35 Elm St ~ (647) 347-2712


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The Queen and Beaver Public House is, hands down, one of the best gastropubs in town. It’s the Toronto Food Blog’s go-to spot around Yonge & Dundas Square.

Head chef Duncan Simpson makes everything from scratch, documenting most of his team’s creations on Instagram. This is fine British fare taken to the next level; a true play on many of the classics… all sourced locally and seasonally.

Located at 35 Elm St, this converted two-story Victorian has a warm dining room on the main floor which can accommodate large groups. Upstairs is a great place to take in some football with a pint of one of the rotating casks or something off the extensive wine list.

We visited over the holidays and got a fantastic table in the front room that sat five of us comfortably. The dining room was bustling but we could still hear ourselves chat as we looked over the menu.

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For starters, the smile-inducing Cock-a-Leekie Soup is served with fresh-baked crusty bread.

Vegetarians’ interest may be piqued by the Acorn Squash Dumplings (topped with Walnuts and a Stilton-Rosemary Cream).

I was keen on trying one of their toasts and got lucky when I looked at the “specials” board… Rabbit Rillettes with Plum Jam was definitely the winner of the first round.

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The meat-heavy mains include Lamb Shoulder or Roast Pork. If you’re really hungry, call ahead to book the ultimate Feasting Menu… whereby groups of 5 or more can enjoy a plethora of meaty dishes and classic sides to share.

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Something on the “lighter” side might come in the form of steak & chips or a traditional pub pie (fingers crossed for Melton Mowbray)…

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… or perhaps it’s Friday and you’re feeling like Fish & Chips. These guys do a delicious version; though, I would prefer mushy peas and/or curry sauce over their homemade ketchup.

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Did I mention this place has its own pudding menu? Classics such as Sticky Toffee or Banana Bread with Walnuts & Custard are available, complete with homemade ice cream (if that’s your thing).

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Great company, great service and great food… isn’t that what dining out is all about? The Queen and Beaver exceeds expectations. Check them out next time you’re looking for a pint or a bite around the Eaton Centre. You will not be disappointed.

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