Cozy little restaurant/pub with a few house taps and macros. The house beers were okay, but both casks were severely uncared for, very yeasty and dusty. The food we ordered was basically made of cheap ingredients thrown together. Meat was slightly burned, charring any other possible flavors. As if the canned black olives and watery feta cheese could have any flavor. We probably visited on a bad day, but this doesn’t give me the desire to come back any time soon. There are much better beer places in Ottawa.
Definately more of a restaurant then a pub or bar. Very family friendly atmosphere. Reminded me of a Casey’s or Applebees. Nice Patio. Food we had was good but a bit overpriced. Beer was good but only had time for one pint.
Was disapointed to find only 3 of their beers were available, though the beer I selected Wisharts Bitter, was pretty good. I was also surprised to see a brewpub offering so many guest taps. Service was average, though long wait for seating. Food was served prompty and was very good. Small patio with umbrellas and an additional bar with pool tables in basement.
Pleasant, vaguely English pub type feeling, warm and cozy (on a cold November night), dark and woody. Bar theme downstairs with pool tables and such; upstairs has a large dining area. Only three of their own available, two of which were casked as well...alas, they weren’t all that special. The food, however, was excellent and I would certainly consider coming back again.
Very clean and well-lit without being too bright. Smoke-free. Family restaurant atmosphere upstairs and more of a bar-like feel downstairs (although it’s fairly bright for a bar). Ambiance is a bit generic. Service was friendly and efficient. There were three of their own beers available (two of which were available in both a cask or keg version). Also has a number of guest taps featuring macro lagers, typical euro imports (Guinness and Stella) and one micro (Steamwhistle pilsner). Quality of their own beers ranged from fair to good with none being terrible but none really distinguishing itself either. The food was very good and quite reasonably priced. I’d return here for dinner while in Ottawa and would try more of their beers. It’s a fairly good of typical North American brewpub.
Rather sociable feel, clean wooden display, nice mellow lighting, good looking modern building. Disappointing selection range with only 3 of their beers available at any given time + a handful of crappy lagers. I thought the beers to be a bit better than the ratings indicate, expect your average 3.0 beers more often than not I assume. It makes for a nice place to dinner since the food was very good and not too expensive.
I hadn’t been here for at least 4 years because my first visit didn’t impress me enough to bother coming back. The décor is nice but the place seems to lack ambiance (the patio is located just beside the highway which makes it a bit noisy). Service is fine but waitress has limited beer knowledge but at least knew how to poured a pint. Selection of beer brew on site was a bit disappointing (only a brown ale and a bitter) and the rest consisted of macros. What most surprised me though was the food quality and prices were very reasonable. I had great pork chops and roasted potatoes with fresh veggies and I could tell everything was fresh.
wnp22 (21) Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario | August 2, 2004
Had a pretty bad experience here - was served a beer I didn’t select, on the basis the one I had selected was not available and the beer served to me was ’the other dark one’. WTF? Found the locally brewed beer to be sub-standard and the ambiance to be non-existent.
jercraigs (535) Toronto, Ontario | January 12, 2004| Updated October 25, 2006
I don’t have a lot of expectations at a brewpub, but one of the biggies is having their own beer available. So when all three casks were sold out on a Saturday night at the Clocktower I was a little incredulous, and disappointed. The place was packed to the gills, with a snowboarding ramp and contest set up in the parking lot, 90% of the patrons looked barely 19. Similar demographics when I went back on Tuesday night. Food was serviceable pub grub, wings and quesadilla were solid, fries on the mediocre side but edible. Atmosphere is nice, but loses a bit of its charm when it is packed to capacity. Perhaps lunch is a better option for a relaxed pint?
Tuesday visit yielded the option of their Wishart’s Bitter either draught or on cask, I opted for the latter. Longish walk from downtown is doable, and it is on the bus lines (If the driver doesn’t drive past you because you are looking at the schedule and not at him. Grumble) Go for the rating(s), but the very mainstream and import tap list means that there are better places to find a pint in Ottawa but they are obviously attracting bigger crowds with what they have.
CapFlu (237) Victoria, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated November 12, 2004
Ottawa’s only brewpub. 4-6 taps of thin, bland namesake beers in regular rotation - nothing experimental or fancy; remainder of taps are macro-swill. Pub fare is above average. A good place to hang-out on a summer day once the local scene has been exhausted.