We dined here in August for lunch as the idea of a pub which brews its own and the hotel within walking distance was perfect.
Arrived late for lunch by american timekeeping but the area overlooking Lake Ontario was full and would have to wait about 20 minutes so they offered the bar area which we were fine with, although by the time we did get our food we could have sat in the room with a view - but that is only a small aside.
This place brews its own beer - about 12 if I counted correctly. My companion is a beer drinker and enjoys tasting beers from the micro breweries in the USA as the foreigners perception of beer available here are the big named companies - oh the rest of the world have so much to learn once you are off the beaten track.
The pub area was quaint, not overly large and the tables very high. I had to climb up on to my stool and our server when she arrived her chin would rest on the table! This was a fun and enjoyable afternoon out.
The menu had all the usual things available in the USA and then I saw it: Fish and Chips - stating cooked in a beer batter - this sent me into a spin, will I, wont I, should I? For the past 7 years I have been on the hunt for someone who can cook a proper fish and chips just like you get in England or Australia (English convicts we thank you), a treat to have but every time I have ordered this meal in the USA I have been bitterly disappointed.
Exactly what do I mean as proper fish and chips? First we are talking a decent thick piece of fish filet - haddock or cod. and a good amount of batter cooked to perfection not too thick, certainly not thin to non existent, golden, crisp and definitely not soggy.
Secondly we are talking chips. Chips in British English would translate to something akin to steak fries - not those pieces of non existent potato cooked to a crisp in oil that are called french fries you get at a particular chain fast food restaurant, which incidentally taste nothing like actual french fries you get in France. But a good chip at least 3 inches long , 1/4 inch thick at least, potato twice cooked in oil - the first to cook the potato the second dunking to crispen off to that golden colour and the potato is floury inside, then finish off with a sprinkling of salt. Many people like their chips with malt vinegar sprinkled over them I am not one of them, but will admit to have dipped them in mayonnaise which I was taught to do when in France and Belgium (don't knock it until you try it)- strange all the little differences different cultures have to eat essentially the same food.
I decided to give it a go and ordered Fish and Chips and kept my fingers and toes crossed that I would not be disappointed again. My companion thought I was mad the number of times I had tried and pushed the plate away after the first few bites.
It was busy and we waited quite some time for the food to arrive, but each order was clearly cooked in the order they went into the kitchen so when they arrived they were piping hot and looked fantastic.
My portion was huge - 2 pieces of battered fish cooked to perfection sitting on top of perfectly cooked chips - I was literally in heaven.
What can I say - who was this chef - where did they learn to do it properly and why is the Sackets Harbor Brewing Company not within a 30 minute drive of my home so I could pop out for a friday night treat once in a while!!! Life is not fair!
All I can say is we had a really fun afternoon sitting up at that extremely high table on those extremely high stools, drinking fantastic beer (we tried several different types) and I got proper Fish and Chips!