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Introducing: The Dog and Bear, the traditional British pub that took over from The Social

A view of the busy pub during a Euro 2012 match (Image: Renée Suen)

The latest addition to gentrifying Beaconsfield Village is a simple space that’s designed to service the increasing number of residents moving into the area. Opening just in time for Euro 2012, Dog and Bear is a traditional British pub from Richard Lambert and Jesse Girard (Parts and Labour, The Hoxton), along with co-owners Stefan Brogren (yes, that Stefan Brogren), Michael Homewood, Kenny Hotz (yes, that Kenny), Richie Smith, Jamie Webster and Benn Young. The aim: to provide a unintimidating place for neighbourhood folks to hunker down for a drink and watch a game or two. Lambert tells us that the pub was inspired by his father’s similarly named pub in Canterbury, England, and that he’s simultaneously excited and nervous about Lambert senior seeing the space for the first time in August.

All 3,750 square feet of what used to be The Social (Lambert and Girard’s party-centric place) has been revamped: the yellow brick walls have been exposed, the ceiling beams have been restored and there’s a new slate floor. The bar is now on the west wall, outfitted with brass taps, with velvet-laden booths flanking the east wall. The wide space dividing the bar from the booths provides ample room for patrons to gather around the many flat-screen TVs along the 30-foot bar. Among the period pieces decorating the place are vintage English ceramic toby mugs, Victorian-era portraits of the Royal Family, dog and bear drawings, images of Lords Gladstone and Dufferin, a Union Jack and a 1903 “God Save the King” banner. There’s also a private room tucked in the back and a space up front that opens onto Queen Street, furnished with plush red couches from Marty Millionaire.

Being a pub, Dog and Bear has about 20 beers on tap ($5–$8), including a number of Canadian (Creemore, Mill St.) and U.K. (Bass, Newcastle, Boddingtons) brews. Although the emphasis is on beers and ales, cocktail sippers and wine drinkers have a few options to choose from ($7-$12) as well. While Smith takes care of the front of house, chef Andrew Eade (Splendido, Luma, Scaramouche) heads up the back, serving hand-crafted pub food. Snacks range from curry-flavoured crisps ($3) to battered pickles ($4) and Welsh rarebit ($6). Heartier courses like the ploughman’s board ($15), smoked corn and haddock chowder ($6), chicken curry ($12) and bangers and mash ($12) are all nods to British classics, served with a Torontonian touch that includes local heirloom vegetables and herbs from Eade’s garden. The kitchen is open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., serving lunch, brunch and dinner fare; those looking for the hearty Full English ($12) will be happy to note that it’s available until 3 p.m. daily.

The Dog and Bear, 1100 Queen St. W., 647-352-8601,, @thedogandbear

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  • hop

    Great to see a burger in Toronto served medium rare.

  • Bill Harrod III

    Ah! Burgers, Fries and Beer…..must be a Toronto restaurant! The difference here is the sloppy design will attract the sloppy people. To each his own.

  • wine

    food was terrible.

  • Nicole

    Great place to hang out!!

  • cindy

    food is shit

  • JJDD

    Looks a bit cheap, really…
    The exposed brick/beams/vents doesn’t suit this ‘English Pub’ style place. Guess I’ll have to check it out in the flesh to be sure, but so far, not too excited.

  • 1000songs

    Awful. Truly awful.

  • pussy

    when will this fake english pub open when will kenny hotz drop in?

  • pussy

    who cares if the pub is built cheep the main thing is if the food is good I looked at the food and it looks pretty dorn good to me the people that left comments that the foods terible must not like english food and must be very fussy eaters.