A night at the British Arms

At the British Arms Pub, one is able to understand the British love for a relaxing, ice cold beer after a long day of hard work at the office.

During the week, British Arms is the perfect environment to enjoy a meal and drinks with friends, colleagues, or even a date. This pub is rather dimly lit, so it can be difficult to see the dinner and drink menu until you adjust to the lighting, but it creates a calm, friendly atmosphere. British Arms has a wide variety of beers, and the bartender can create just about any drink or shot that you desire.

Unless your sole intent is to share appetizers, make sure you come to British Arms hungry, or that you do not order too much for yourself, because the portion sizes are rather large. Do not fret, however – the server would be glad to supply you with a doggy-bag to bring home your unfinished meal. British Arms offers quite a varied menu while keeping true to the British favourites. Depending on how much one decides to order, a person can dine for under $30 and be utterly spoiled. From a wide selection of burgers, traditional fish and chips, and poutine, to the salads and scrumptious appetizers, British Arms has certainly covered all of the bases when it comes to variety – it will be hard to settle on just one option.


Being a vegetarian, I am unable to enjoy any of the options with meat, but I have gone with numerous friends on several occasions and they have all raved about how brilliant their meals were. British Arms is vegetarian friendly, and the staff is more than willing to accommodate individual needs whatever they may be. To begin our meal, my friends and I shared a platter of nachos and sweet potato wedges – let the feast begin! This was a delicious, filling start to our evening. We were pleased as our meal came out in a timely fashion, allowing us to enjoy the wine and appetizers we ordered. My server, without having been asked, added more walnuts and cheese to my Market Salad seeing that the meatless salad was lacking. This was a salad composed of mixed greens layered with slices of green apple, walnuts, and crumbled blue cheese all tossed in a toasted sesame vinaigrette – it was absolutely marvelous! A friend of mine tried the Apple Butter BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich. She was very pleased with the quality of the meal and boasted of how delicious the caramelized onions complimented the Apple Butter BBQ sauce that was drizzled on the pork.

On Friday and Saturday nights, British Arms is the perfect pub to go for drinks and enjoy live music (the music is rather loud at times making it difficult to hear one’s friends), but if you go near the back of the pub it is easier to hear your conversations. Having servers that take care of your drink orders, one is also able to order anything off the menu until 1:00 am – there is nothing that better compliments alcohol than good food.

British Arms Pub is snugly located at 29 Dunlop Street East; make sure to keep a keen eye because you can easily pass the pub without notice. During the summer months, there is a nice patio where one can sit with an ice cold beer enjoying the warm breeze and live music. If you are interested in sharing in a little piece of the British culture, I highly suggest British Arms Pub for a memorable evening.

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Valerie Colangelo is a writer from Barrie. Read her blog at: www.accordingtovalerie.com and follow her on Twitter at @vcolang