Monthly Archives: October 2017

Totally biased product review by me — The Queen and Beaver Public House

The Queen and Beaver Public House

Craning our necks to see what famous Brits are up on the second floor patio

I recently had the opportunity to dine at The Queen and Beaver Public House. It’s been on my to-do list for ages, but I happened to be staying in the vicinity so took advantage of an unseasonably balmy night to grab a patio seat and went to town.

Snap pea soup with creme fraiche

Snap pea soup with creme fraiche

First up as my starter was the snap pea soup with creme fraiche; it was on as a special and nicely British, so dived right in. It was very velvety, thick and delicious — but thought it would have worked well as a gazpacho too.

House smoked tomatoes and cheddar on toast

House smoked tomatoes and cheddar on toast

My dining companion (“the missus”) had the house smoked tomatoes and cheddar on toast. Posh cheese on toast, basically. This was a hearty bite and the cheddar had a nice tang to it. The tomatoes were nice and juicy and this would be the kind of comfort food that you’d crave after a night on the lash.

Q&B sausages and mash with stout onion gravy

Q&B sausages and mash with stout onion gravy

My main was the Q&B sausages and mash with stout onion gravy. I chose this dish because it’s my go-to pub fare — but this version was off the charts. I can never go back to the sausages and mash that I normally have in another pub. That dish is dead to me now. These were really flavourful sausages with a hint of jalapeno in for a nice little kick. I pride myself on my mashed potatoes and these were just as smooth and creamy. A generous dollop of rich stout onion gravy and bob’s your uncle. Sorted. Best dish of the night!

All in all, tied in with the selection of beers and relaxed atmosphere, we give this fine establishment a Brits in Toronto 5/5 stars. Will definitely be back.

BONUS POINTS = Dining on the table next to us with his crew was TTC boss and fellow Brit Andy Byford. Had a quick chat and he passed on this tip for a good pub, so check it out: The Rebel House.


Brits in Toronto for production of Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Try and choose a nice ending where they don’t die or something, thanks

A friend mentioned she was in a play that sounded interesting and when we found out there were some Brits involved, we just had to find out more.

Reached out to Adam and here’s what he said: “I am over from the UK to work on this project and the founder of the company worked in Immersive Theatre in the UK for the last seven years. So there is a big British connection!

“We have teamed up with two Toronto-based theatre professionals to create the whole experience. We plan to have more events in different spaces in Toronto after this initial event.

“If you were happy to spread the word I would be very grateful indeed. It’s such a fantastic project but having only recently moved from the UK I don’t have a network of people here yet.”

Here’s the deets …

lost&gone are proud to present an immersive, contemporary production of Romeo & Juliet in a secret location in The Junction. With a cast of 22 actors playing characters old and new, enter the world of Fair Verona , and join the Capulet party: October 19-21 and 26-28, 2017.

Step inside — interact, explore and even help change the ending. Like a fairground, guests can eat, drink, mingle, and dance all whilst observing and engaging in this Choose Your Own Adventure wonderland. But there’s a catch …

Find us first.

Introducing lost&gone , Toronto’s newest immersive events company. We reclaim empty, unused, forgotten spaces that are soon to be demolished, and turn them into worlds from our imaginations. Inspired by old stories, cult TV programs, and classic film universes, our locales bring to life the places you’ve only dreamt about. Our team of Canadian and UK artists are excited to introduce ourselves to the Toronto scene.

● PRESS NIGHT: 7:00 p.m., October 20, 2017
● 7:00 p.m., October 19-21, 2017
● 7:00 p.m., October 26-28, 2017

● Secret venue in the Junction. Text message clues will be sent days before the performance.

Available ONLINE ONLY (no tickets available at the door)
● $35.00 (includes a welcome drink)
● For any accessibility questions or concerns, contact adam AT lostandgone DOT CA
● This show run time is approximately 90 minutes and will involve long periods of standing.

● Adam Lawler 647-225-7590 adam AT lostandgone DOT CA,,

Healthy Minds Canada Silver Dinner with Alastair Campbell

Healthy Minds Canada

London Calling is the theme this year

Mental illness and addiction is an important subject to tackle Maybe you know someone who has suffered from it? Maybe someone you know is currently suffering from it — and they hide it really well? Maybe you suffer from it?

We’re happy to give a quick plug to an upcoming event to support the cause.

Healthy Minds Canada’s Silver Dinner is one of Toronto’s premier mental health and addiction fundraising events.

The Silver Dinner is an inspiring and dynamic evening attended by over 400 Canadians who are interested in improving the well-being of those touched by mental illness and addiction.

Silver Dinner guests will enjoy an interactive reception, dinner, an exciting silent auction, and an engaging and honest conversation with Alastair Campbell, the 2017 guest speaker.

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Alastair will be sharing his personal journey with alcohol abuse, psychosis, and depression, as well as the history of both suicide and schizophrenia in his family. Alastair is a writer, communicator, and strategist best known for his role as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s spokesman, Press Secretary and Director of Communications.

Alastair is still active in politics and campaigns in Britain and abroad, serving as a leading advocate for mental health, as Ambassador for Time to Change, Mind, Rethink and Alcohol Concern.

The evening on November 13 will be led by emcee, Hon. Seamus O’Regan, the Member of Parliament for St. John’s-Mount Pearl, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. Seamus is likely best known to Canadians for his 10 years as co-host of CTV’s Canada AM and reporter for CTV National News and W5. He is proud to have been named Ambassador for Bell Let’s Talk and to be working towards eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Individual tickets are now available for $250 each. For more information, contact Katie Robinette at krobinette AT healthymindscanada DOT CA or click here.