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