The Publican House

4.3
81 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Pub
Top tags:
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
After years of planning and work to restore the historical building that inspired the brewery, The Publican House restaurant and tap house is opening its doors to you! The 170-year old building has been reborn using original elements wherever possible, with a modern twist to create a unique and inviting space.

With a focus on local, Chef Brad Watt brings a new spin to pub food featuring a wood fired pizza oven, an oyster bar and beer pairing options with daily specials.

The bar features all of our Publican House beers, crafted on-site, along with new specialty brews developed monthly and available exclusively at The Publican House. Rounding out the menu will be locally produced craft beer, wine and spirits.

The Publican House; your neighbourhood pub, built on history.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pub, Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm; Friday and Satruday: 11:00am - 12:00am
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Phone number
(705) 874-5743
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Brad Watt
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Reid Street municipal parking lot located across the street on Rubidge Street.
What 81 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.3
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

By far our favourite restaurant! I recommend it to all my friends and anyone who wants to know of a great place to eat!

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G
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was good I was a bit disappointed with the trio dip it was cold and the nacho chips didn’t go with the flavours. The beer, burger and salads were very good although the menu is a bit limited.

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BB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 1

Have been many times first time to be seated upstairs. Terrible ambiance removed from everything that makes the place fun
Pizza under cooked and chewy this time. Long wait for food. .

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R
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Food was very disappointing. After 2 bites of the BLT my wife left it. At no point the waitress asked if there was something wrong with the food. It was dripping of grease and left me with a stomachache for the rest of the night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best places to go for a good pint, food, atmosphere and live music.

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KS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our absolute favourite restaurant in Peterborough!! We’ve never had a bad meal! My favourite’s are the BLT, the smash burger and the meat pizza!!

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SR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If you didn’t pay attention to all of the boxes I just checked, I guess I have to explain my love for this place here...

I am a local to this place but I always feel looked after as if it was my first visit. I am greeted with a smile and seated promptly. I am given the chance to decide what I would like even though they know full well that I will have a sour beer (summer) or a whiskey and a stout (winter) when I finally decide.

The staff are friendly and genuine, and always willing to lead me somewhere new...which is a tough task for this old coot!

You need to be here!

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DN
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Great spot for a dinner with friends. Very flavourful, interesting and unique menu items (dips trio and Vegetable pizza for example) and our waiter was terrific! Loved that we were able to taste some of your unique brews before committing to a 16 oz glass - that's a large portion for people who don't often drink beer normally. The hostess' reception was frosty - we were 5 minutes early and there is no where to sit while waiting for your table. Would have loved to sit in the bar with the live music, but that space was small and full when we had finished dinner - no one asked if this was our first visit, would have liked to know more about this. Lighting at the table was poor - we had trouble reading the menu, the room has very low light and there was no light at the table itself. Also Dips trio - the dips were quite cold. Would have been great if these were served at room temp, if not warm.

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LM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

We really liked the atmosphere inside and out. The only negative comment we have is there didn’t seem to be enough servers for the number of guests. Other than that it was very good

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DB
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Overall it was very good. The food was excellent, the service was good and the overall experience was great. We made the reservation and noted it was for our 43rd anniversary but at no time did anyone even mention that. That dismayed us.

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LL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

The food and drinks were Amazing! The service however was very slow.

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FF
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was fantastic but the service was the best we have had in a long time. The staff at The Publican House are awesome!

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AG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

When we go out fo dinner, it is usually because of a special event. This time was to celebrate three birthdays. This was our third visit to the Publican House and the second time we introduced our out -of- town friends to it. We have been served by Mark two out three times and we will continue to ask for him to be our server. He is gracious, helpful, friendly, happy and efficient. He remembers all our orders by heart (which is amazing all by itself!) plus he is just such a sweet, gentle and nice man.

We started off with a serving of raw oysters which were super fresh and tasty, and an order of the Cauliflower My husband ordered fish and chips (one of our favourites), I ordered the Salad Nicoise (filling, tasty, healthy and a generous portion). One friend ordered KFC (Kawartha Fried Cauliflower) followed by Roasted Mushroom Papparadelle. Someone else ordered the Pickerel which they loved (but I think the Aioli sauce had some dairy in it so stay away from the aioli if you are dairy intolerant), another friend order the chickpea paneer curry which was an extremely generous portion but I think it may have been due to a LOT of Basmati rice.

The ambience, the beer and their commitment to excellence will ensure - We will be back! Thanks guys for another great experience!

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L
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great service, atmosphere and food. The outdoor patio is still busy and a fun place to eat. Love the variety of beers.

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AG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I ordered the Pickerel and my husband ordered the fish and chips. The meal arrived really quickly. My husband LOVES the fish and chips: home made fries, nicely breaded and fried fish, not too greasy, good size portion. I asked to have a larger portion of side veggies as I do not eat potatoes. The portion size was on the small size but it was nicely cooked but somewhat pricey for what it was. We will return however I will not be ordering the pickerel again.

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TB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food is great, service is great, but be prepared for a noisy experience with the open kitchen.

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JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

The space is lovely. We were offered inside but with the oven in the room it was far to warm. Taken to a nice table out side but spent the whole evening dealing with Bees and Flies. Not really something you control.
Just a nuisance, never the less
Maybe our server was having an off night but my wife who is allergic to onions ask about a dish to which she said she would check with kitchen. Now a days in many restaurants we go to the chef will come of the kitchen and speak to the patron so there is no mistake made. When all of our food arrive you could see the onions in the mixture of what my wife had ordered. The rest of us did start to eat and the server disappeared to find something my wife could eat and came back after 5 minutes and said there was nothing that is not made with onions. I am sure my wife is not the only person in Peterborough with that allergy.
I could go on about the difficulty of getting the bills straight (she still had the charge on the bill for my wife's returned meal)
I am willing to think this was a one off based on all the glowing reviews I have read. The menu I think is trying to be than what I thought this place would have. Good old traditional pub food but instead, dressing things up so you can sell what was a very good hotdog with a scoop of potato salad for $18
Enough said

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I ate at The Publican House to celebrate his Birthday. Our experience was great from start to finish. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We’ll most definitely be back!

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JA
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a nice brunch on Sunday Breakfast Pizza was out of the park!!!
Flights of beer lots to sample and ya I liked them all!!! Local beer!!!

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JP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Wood fire pizza was great! Share a pizza and get an appetizer its alot of food for 1 person of you order a whole pizza by yourself

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GM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great job on remodeling.
Somewhat expensive to go there often.

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KP
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is the second time that I have had the pleasure of dining at the Publican (both for evening meals). The service was very good and the food is first class. There is a good selection of local ales, ciders and beer. I am sure that, weather permitting, dining on the deck would be very enjoyable.

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WS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favourites. Great for family and friend get togethers. Excellent food and the staff are amazing.

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YD
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic Beer, Excellent Food and Great Service! Had a wonderful time celebrating a Birthday!

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AG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Loved the menu, the service was fabulous. Mark was very helpful and attentive. Two of us ordered the fish and chips. It arrived fresh, hot, crisp. The fries were definitely home cut and crispy. Our friends ordered burgers and were equally delighted. One thing my mom always taught me was if the washroom is clean, so is the kitchen and their washroom was immaculate! We will definitely be returning!

The only thing we would recommend is to add some green foliage around the restaurant both indoors and outdoors to create more of a warm and intimate environment. The patio look was a little disappointing. It was very bare and cold appearing. Not very appealing.

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MO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The steak frites with chimichurri was amazing. They brew their own beer and have never had a disappointing meal here.

Live music was a piano solo and quite entertaining without being overly loud or distracting.

My wife's favourite spot in town.

Service is polite and prompt and it's a nice casual atmosphere with a wide range of clients.

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VC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was excellent...unfortunately we were seated in the table right beside the kitchen, which ordinarily would have been fine, except that it was a hot day and we were so uncomfortable that we left as soon as we could rather than staying for another drink.
I would also like to suggest that the server ask if we’d prefer an actual wine glass rather than the drinking glass our wine was served in.
I do really like your restaurant and will definitely be back.

Thank you,
Vicki Carmichael

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really good food & excellent service ~ loved the look of the restaurant. Wish we could’ve sat on the patio but it was ridiculously hot.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was all cold, but to hungry to send back, I’m not sure I would go again

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our time there. The service was excellent. The food was excellent. We enjoyed the outdoor patio. We had a friend using a walker and the elevator would have been a bonus.

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AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I made a reservation online about an hour and a half before arriving. When we got there, a big group function was occupying the bar area, and I was concerned that we may not get great service - but I was pleasantly surprised. We have 2 young kids, and they accommodated us with a great table outside, as per my reservation request. The service was attentive, the food was great, and the setting was perfect. Thanks Publican House!

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KS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had dinner on the patio after we went to the Kawartha Craft Beer Festival. The food was awesome as usual! We had chips and guacamole to start and I don’t even like guacamole, but it was so good I couldn’t stop eating it!! Amazing!!

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NK
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We loved our whole experience. Enjoyed our cozy table for two by the window. Our server was efficient, friendly and had a great sense of humour. Our pizza was very tasty! Beer was great too.

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MI
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I love The Publican House! Everything about our meal was great, as was the beer. One of our group enjoyed the (delicious) special pizza. The only complaint was that it was a very hot night and our table was situated in the corner of the room with the oven. One of our group was uncomfortably hot.

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The wood fired pizza was amazing. Great cider on tap. We shared the apple crumble cheesecake for dessert.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food always top notch and the service and atmosphere is awesome!!

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AE
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time being there since it opened. I wasn't sure what to expect but I loved it when it used to be The Peterborough Arms. The owners have renovated the space and it looks fantastic. Inside or out on the wrap around patio - ambiance is fantastic. Food is casual fare and top notch in quality. Live entertainment was also great. I will definitely be back.

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BR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

I was not impressed with our Mother’s Day visit. I called the day before our reservation and asked if we could add two more people to our booking (my mother and father in law). I was told they were fully booked and could not accommodate my request. I understood, as it was mother’s day and they said they were fully reserved. When we arrived we were seated upstairs, which was fine, but out of the four other tables up there, as well as a table for two, there was only one other table that had people eating. We were there for an hour and a half, and no one else showed up until well into our brunch, and even then there was still lots of availability. I was very put off by this, as I feel we could have had two additional guests join us, without inconveniencing anyone. We were not rushed out to accommodate the next reservation, and when we left the restaurant was still not full.
Another concern was our waitress did not tell us any of the specials. When I asked if there was another menu, I was told that the brunch menu was the only one available, but then overheard another server telling her table the specials. I also felt like our waitress had something better to do than to serve us.
The only plus was they did accommodate our request for some plain poutine.
I will not be reserving The Publican House again any time soon.

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WS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, great service, beautiful Reno’s, place looks amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

They have a rule about taking a seat on the patio when you’ve made a reservation which they allocated inside. Inside wasn’t full and the patio wasn’t full … the hostess said the manager was a real stickler for this policy but she would make an exception this time but in the future ...

She then tried to explain their reasoning - there would be 2 tables reserved for us??? It made no sense to me - couldn’t they cancel one and create the other, or just modify the existing reservation? It’s not like the choice for indoors vs outdoors was even offered when I made the reservation.

Turned out to be a moot point as my dinner companions had already been seated inside but whatever happened to making the customer happy? I could see if they were booked up, but they weren’t.

The food was quite good, and the service at the table was also good. Price is a bit high for a burger & fries.

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