There are pubs and there are Pubs. The Crow's Nest is an unassuming little tavern hidden away from anything reassembling a main street, but it never has trouble filling every chair. The first thing you might notice, if you wander by on a spring afternoon, is the creek that runs under the side windows and the ducks circling beneath the ledges. Walking in you'll be greeted by a warm interior with large, solid wooden pillars and beams and a bar that runs the length of the south wall. There are plenty of tables to sit at and a few half-booths, we heard there was an upstairs but we never made it up there.
The second thing you will probably notice is the decor. The walls are lined with paintings of military units and battle scenes while the ceiling is littered with weapons of all kinds. From the rafters hang (well secured) swords, maces, flails and pikes - shields, sabers, morning stars and crossbows. Sitting down one could easily imagine this to be a gathering place for regency era veterans or the rally point for a town militia.
The third thing you will notice is the lack of tv. There isn't a single one in the place and it's refreshing! You can sit down and talk to your company undistracted and the bar is free of the usual brass polishers who drink their afternoons away watching sports games. That isn't to say ther aren't regulars, but it's a social experience, people talk to each other and interact, no one just staring at a screen.
As for the food, it's a mix of standard pub fare and traditional British pub dishes. You can get a plate of a decent sandwich or wings for an afternoon lunch or hunker down into a hearty dinner of bangers and mash or liver and onions. Personally I'd recommend the fish and chips, it might not be the most unique dish out there but it's one they really do well. The bar is stocked much like the menu, mix of Canadian and British drafts.
All in all it's a great place to stop in on a summers day for refreshment or a cold winter night to warm the spirits!
Be warned, Friday and Saturday nights can be quite crowded so expect to spent some shoulder to shoulder time at the bar before dinner, and unless you buy a ticket in advance you may have trouble getting in on Robbie Burn's or St. Patrick's day - I'm told they always sell out.
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