A traditional Scottish Pub in Kingston, Ontario: Sir John’s Public House

Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

There is no better way to learn more about the history of a city than going to a local pub!

Sir John’s Public House is a very popular landmark in downtown Kingston.

The building it currently occupies used to be the law office of Canada’s 1st Prime Minister Sir John A MacDonald.

He played a very important role in the city and was one of the founding fathers of this great nation.

Born in Scotland, he emigrated with his family to Canada at a young age. He became a prominent, successful lawyer and lead the country for nearly 20 years!

Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

As soon as you walk through the doors you are transported back in time.

Time Travel Poster, Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

The pub is reputed for serving great Scottish food and drinks which we all couldn’t wait to try!

But first things first.

The owner, Mr. Paul Fortier, gave us a history lesson. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to do so simply because he is an expert historian and curator!

Paul Fortier, historian, Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

Mr Fortier showing us a $10 bill on which Sir John A MacDonald appears

After processing all the information it was time to eat, drink & be merry 🙂

Drinks to start 

I decided to go with white wine from a local winery: Sandbanks

SandBanks wine, wine, white wine, Sir Johns House, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, drinks

Sandbanks Dunes 

This Scottish specialty was seen at the table.

haggis fritters, Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

Haggis fritters

Main course

ToryClubSandwich, CaesarSalad. Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

I opted for the Tory Club Sandwich and Caesar Salad while the person next to me ordered

Baked Salmon with maple and hoisin, Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

Baked salmon with maple and hoisin

Not only the food looked good, it certainly was just delicious, fresh and savory.

Now we could not forget about dessert, so we left a bit of room for it!

As you know, a meal isn’t complete without dessert right?

This was a very sweet surprise…

Fried Mars Bar, dessert, sweets, Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

Fried Mars Bar anyone?

Fried Mars Bar, dessert, sweets, Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

 

or how about this?

Warm Apple Crumble, dessert, sweets, apple crumble, Sir Johns Public House, Kingston. Ontario, Canada, pub

Warm apple crumble

There’s no need to tell you that we were full & happy.

Our group decided to go for an extra round of drinks but I went back to the hotel to rest and get ready for the next day that promised to be quite busy & productive!

I would like to give thanks to Mr. Paul Fortier for welcoming us at Sir Johns Public House and to Tourism Kingston  for coordinating this visit.

Tell me, where’s your favorite pub ?  

What’s your favorite drink? 

I can’t wait to hear all about it!

Til next time 🙂

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4 thoughts on “A traditional Scottish Pub in Kingston, Ontario: Sir John’s Public House

  1. Deia @ Nomad Wallet says:

    Karla, I’d love to listen in on that history lesson! The food looks delicious and I chuckled when I saw the fried Mars bar. I ate that at a fish and chips shop in Bondi Beach, Sydney. I think I had it twice. It’s the kind of treat that, by the time I finish, I’m always relieved because it always gets too much!

    • traveller soul says:

      Oh Deia, you would have loved it! I honestly did not know much about our 1st Prime Minister but we got some anecdotes as well.

      He made his way from his humble background to the top! Inspiring if you ask me.

      Ah that Fried Mars bar is like a heart attack on a plate but so good! We shared it at the table.

      That’s awesome that you had it in Australia! Those are great memories that stay with us right?

      Thank you for visiting!

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