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Good pubs in Stratford

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:44 pm
by shrike
Going to the Stratford Festival in a couple of weeks; any recommendations on a good pub to visit? Thanks!

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:58 pm
by MatttthewGeorge
Best one is Mercer Hall, with 5 taps, all craft.

Bentley's across the road only has one or two craft. Forsters has 2 or 3. Down The Street has a few craft. As does Pazzo. It isn't a booming market for craft beer... yet.

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:33 pm
by midlife crisis
Last time i was there i liked downstairs at Pazzo; works if you are fond of Stratford Common and wood oven pizza. I've never been to Mercer Hall though, it sounds promising. Otherwise it's a bit of a wasteland. Particularly curious is the lack of outlets for Stratford Brewing.

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:23 pm
by shrike
Thanks for the suggestions. I have a feeling its going to end up Bentley's as it looks to be cheapest. As long as they have Tankhouse on draft we'll be all right!

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:59 pm
by midlife crisis
God. Really?

Posted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:04 am
by MatttthewGeorge
I'm not too sure if they still have Tankhouse on, but then I didn't look around for long.

As I was just dropping off kegs at Mercer Hall, I can tell you they have the following on tap: Beaus, Stone Hammer Light, Crosswinds Pale Ale, Neustast Sour Kraut, Silversmith

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:21 am
by Swordsman
My wife and I go twice a year to Stratford.

Although it is not a great place for craft beer, I really enjoy the food and patio at the Boars Head on Ontario St. They have a few Mill St including Tankhouse and a couple of Imports on tap plus the food is good at the Pour House, across from the Avon. If seeing a play at the Avon we hit the Pour House at Intermission for a good drink rather than the overpriced theatre stuff

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 6:42 pm
by SteelbackGuy
Given that Stratford is seen as the cultural and culinary epicenter of Ontario (at least that is what I gather), I was always surprised that the craft beer scene there never really "took off", so to speak.

Back when I was a beer drinker,I recall a time when I tried, in vein, to visit the Stratford Brewery. It was closed for the day. Since we had made our way up from London, we decided to go for a pint beforte leaving town....we never did find a place that had anothing other than Stratford Pilsner.

Glad it has improved at least somewhat.

Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:28 am
by Frere Ambroise
Mercer Hall has added the St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale on their guest tap.

Savour Stratford is on Sept 20th - 22nd -- looks like a great weekend festival for local food, wine, and craft beer.

Cheers,
Barry

Re: Good pubs in Stratford

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:05 pm
by JerCraigs
Any recent updates for Stratford? Looking at The Hub (Primarily in hopes of trying the Herald Haus beer before the brewery opens) and Mercer Hall. Also hoping Jobsite may open befire our august visit. Alternatively any good food tips for a non-beery lunch?

Re: Good pubs in Stratford

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:55 pm
by Chris
Mercer hall is good, and great food.

The HUB usually has a better beer selection, but food not nearly as good

Black Swann has a small tasting room and always has their good stuff on tap.

If driving, stop at Shakespeare Brewing company in Shakespeare, ON -- very friendly and good beer.

Re: Good pubs in Stratford

Posted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:58 pm
by Chris
Also, if driving, Seaforth ON is a short drive west (30 min)... YOU MUST GO TO HALF HOURS ON EARTH. :D

Re: Good pubs in Stratford

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:18 pm
by JerCraigs
Chris wrote:Also, if driving, Seaforth ON is a short drive west (30 min)... YOU MUST GO TO HALF HOURS ON EARTH. :D

That's the plan! :) Thanks for the suggestions/commentary for Stratford area!

Re: Good pubs in Stratford

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:42 pm
by midlife crisis
Suggest call ahead to ensure HHOE open (depending what day you're going). Otherwise, very friendly and (agreeing with everyone else on here, I'm sure) well worth a visit. If you like the ponies, or at least the buggies, there is a sweet little racetrack at Clinton, a further ten minutes from Seaforth. Makes for a very fine day out. No HHOE, but Cowbell beers available at the track, which is decidedly better than nothing.