Downtown Sarnia’s new brew pub restaurant includes an in-house brewery with authentic historic charm. Extensive renovations in a neglected 12,000-square-foot building (circa 1890–1910) revealed long-hidden architectural features such as 16-foot plaster ceilings, block brick walls and a beautiful terrazzo floor.
Mark Woolsey and Mia Clarke are partners in the new Tin Fiddler Brew Pub. The beautifully renovated old building enhances a communal, yet intimate, dining experience. The basement houses an innovative craft brewery, River Run Brew Co., owned by John Tidball and Woolsey. The beer is exclusively available upstairs in the brewpub. The industrial decor features largescale murals and canvases, a copper-top bar, tufted bench upholstery, Edison bulb lighting and plenty of corrugated steel. Recent expansion increased seating capacity and created space for private parties and a stage for bands. Historic artifacts from the building are incorporated throughout. An antique safe serves as a reception desk, draft taps are installed in a vintage pump organ, and an iconic dual-sided clock hangs in a prominent spot. A nicely appointed outdoor courtyard is used seasonally as a music venue.
Two Head Chefs — one in charge of preparation, the other in charge of daily operations — share responsibities for a menu that offers an interesting selection of sophisticated pub food. The focus is on shareable items such as gnocchi-poutine, traditional fish and chips, and onion rings battered with puffed quinoa. Try the Lamb Tacos or the Asian-spiced Crispy Chicken Sandwich. A regular rotation of daily features includes seasonal soups and a pasta feature. With perfect beer pairings available, menu recommendations also include:
• Spicy Pulled Jackfruit Tacos with chipotle marinated jackfruit, tangy slaw, bell peppers, vegan pumpkin seed sour cream;
• Sriracha Tempura Bites with crispy cauliflower & sweet potatoes, Asian-style BBQ sauce, scallions & sesame seeds;
• Chorizo and Sweet Potato Flatbread with pickled onions, pumpkin seeds & goat cheese.
Brew Pub & Craft Brewery
146 Christina Street N. (at Cromwell)
HOURS: SUN–WED 11 am–10pm
THURS 11 am–11 pm
FRI & SAT 11 am–midnight
Hours may vary or be extended.
LUNCH: $8 – $16
DINNER: $11 – $22
Beer Brewed in House
Live Music Every Weekend
Private Room Available
Close to Local Theatre