The Publican House

4.3
62 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Pub
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
  • 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 62 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.4
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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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4.0Dined 3 days ago

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

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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

Sent from my iPhone

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

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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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

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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1.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Reserved weeks in advance 8pm for 6. Seated late, "Would you like to have a drink at the bar while you wait?" Yes we would but no one would serve us. 7 servers came and went. Finally given a table by the kitchen to be told it's been a very busy day and we are almost out of everything.
I get it. Every server looked stressed. Had there been a bartender or manager to serve us a drink they could have stopped us from leaving and going to St Veronus.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Third time going to Publican House. We requested patio seating at the time of booking as it was a gorgeous day, but found out once we were seated that they don't reserve on the patio. We would have chosen a different location had we known that. It took a long time to get our drinks, every time we ordered. I asked for no olives on my pizza and it came with olives. Food was good though and the drink selection is great!

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1.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The service (Becky) was outstanding. The server understood the menu and made excellent recommendations. The food was really, really good. The cauliflower and turkey wing appetizers were so tasty. Our party of 5 had no complaints and we will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Consistently great food and service here. Always a good time.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Always a great time! Brad always has new creative menu items on special and classics with his special and delicious twist.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Besides the obvious of great beer, the food was extermely good and well priced. We had the special; lamb shank and couldn't believe it was only $16. Tremedous value and fall off the bone good. Service was promp and our server took the time to explain their beer choices as it was out first time to the resturant. We had a nice table upstairs by the window (sun can hit your eyes for about 20 minutes if you sit on one side) and live music was starting downstairs in the bar that sounded very professional. Well done!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Love it there

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Food, beer and service were all excellent.......we will be back :)

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was my husband and my first visit to Publican House and we enjoyed the ambiance; I particularly liked the open, visible kitchen. Had delicious wood fired pizza! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Very nice atmosphere and quick service. The food. Complementary to the chef well made sweet potato soup, beet salad and especially the pork chop was excellent well executed presentation. Deliciously awesome. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The staff very thoughtfully assited my elderly father and acocmodated his access needs.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My wife and I dropped in on a Saturday night - it was busy, so we had to sit at the bar, which was not an issue - we had awesome service, the food was creative and excellent! Made reservations that night for next Saturday and brought the whole gang. Fresh oysters, wood fired pizza, and a multitude of original menu items, along with Publican's beer line up and a myriad of local craft brews, we were well fed! To top it off, the entertainment was incredible - I was a musician in my younger days, the lad they had playing piano and guitar was one of the most talented I've seen in many years - what a great time had by all - hope they get him back - he was amazing! Again, we had awesome service, even though the place was packed, our server was attentive and professional and no waiting. For sure make reservations. Can't wait for patio weather, this will be a popular place for sure. Well managed, great staff, killer kitchen. It's our new hang out.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

This was our second time for dinner and it was just as delicious as the first. Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent service by the owner. He let us sample a couple of beers before deciding and gave us a complimentary fresh shucked oyster- which was delicious.!Great neighborhood place and addition to Peterborough!

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Nice atmosphere. Quick service. My husband liked his burger and fries. Menu lacking. Very few healthy or vegetarian options.

I HATE my wine in a tumbler. It’s just not right!!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Delicious food and our waitress was very genuine and sweet.

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

I have already sent Peter a detailed account of our experience on Friday. :)

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Katie-Lynn server was excellent and patient with us. Beer was the best. We were able to discuss our agenda without having to yell or be pestered.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We enjoyed our evening. We were able to relax and have conversation over drinks and food. We were not rushed at any phase. We continued to enjoy conversation after we paid the nill, but no one approached us to try to get us to move on. Overall, it wad a great evening.

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