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Woolwich Arms & Arrow

$$ - $$$, British,
176 Woolwich St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V5, Canada
+1 519-836-2875
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“chicken wrap” (4 reviews)
“burgers” (12 reviews)
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Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
176 Woolwich St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V5, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another visit to the Wooly with fun and friendly atmosphere, good beer and great menu options. The onion rings were large with a unique and tasty batter and the thanksgiving shredded turkey poutine was an interesting seasonal option.

Thank Calum M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious pub food like burgers, steak pie, nachos. And a wide variety of beers. The old house has character creating a friendly atmosphere. Located right downtown Guelph.

Thank frances159
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As the weather changes i will be a little less frequent. The patio is my favorite. The food here is always good. Service is usually great ( they can get really busy). Its just a nice place to relax with friends.More

Thank Steve B
Katherine W, General Manager at Woolwich Arms & Arrow, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Steve, I have great news for you....we have a 3 season patio! You can enjoy the cooler months outside as well. We currently have a heater floor, and once it cools down we will be putting up the curtains to help block the wind...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was really good and the atmosphere was very nice. It's hard to get a spot on the patio but we were able to and the only issue was that you could smell the smoke from the smokers in the parking lot. So that...More

Thank Susan C
Katherine W, General Manager at Woolwich Arms & Arrow, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Susan, Thank you for your kind review. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to the pub! I definitely agreed with you and the cigarette smoke. We'll make sure to keep an eye on this, as we want to make sure you always...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like local craft ale, this is the place to go. We tried th arkell best bitter and another local ale. Both were served perfectly and we even allowed to taste a few samples before we decided.mvery friendly staff.More

Thank Bouremouth_Mark
Katherine W, General Manager at Woolwich Arms & Arrow, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Mark, We take our beer seriously! We are also the only pub in the area that offers cask conditioned ales. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Uncarbonated. Unreal. Also check out Untapped to see what feature beers we have on at any time. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 9 September 2017

The atmosphere of the Wooly is one of community and friendliness. Walking in feels so comfortable. More than the physical space (it's a big red brick former century-home), though, I attribute this environment to the fantastic staff. They are immediately welcoming, warm and funny. Other...More

1  Thank KJH21
Katherine W, General Manager at Woolwich Arms & Arrow, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, We're blushing :) Thank you for such a kind review. We aim to make everyone feel like a guest in our own home and it certainly sounds like we did just that. We have put a lot of work into the back patio over...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

I've been to the Wooly many times. Great food options and beer selection. Try the harvest ale if you haven't already. Has a nice patio in the warmer months. Would be nicer for hanging out if there were more tv's to watch a game or...More

Thank mgillen
Katherine W, General Manager at Woolwich Arms & Arrow, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, We're happy to hear you enjoy your visits to the pub! We take great pride in our local beer selection and have many great relationships with the breweries, brewers and our farmers. We look forward to seeing you again soon, Cheers, Katherine White General...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

I had picked up my wife at the airport and were just heading home, when we decided to grab some supper in Guelph. TripAdvisor gave the Wooly great reviews so we checked it out. Best burgers we ever had - and we where beef farmers....More

Thank Trekminded
Katherine W, General Manager at Woolwich Arms & Arrow, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you so much! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit visit with us :) We get our beef from Brian and Cathy at YU Ranch in Tillsonburg and we LOVE IT! We look forward to seeing you again and I'll be...More

Reviewed 3 September 2017

This pub has some really good food. The food is simple, but it is of high quality. Everything seems to be local and non-processed. What keeps us coming back to this place is the craft beer and the service. Every time we go it seems...More

Thank Ryan J
Katherine W, General Manager at Woolwich Arms & Arrow, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Hello Ryan, We love craft beer! All the staff also love beer and are very knowledgeable in the craft. We have actually sent a few staff members to the Guelph University's Prud'Homme Beer course so learn more! We're also one of the only places in...More

Reviewed 1 September 2017

Disappointing service last night from our bearded server who blamed the kitchen for taking 45 minutes to deliver an order of sweet-potato fries. My companion was so frustrated waiting for her order that she took it home in a doggy-bag without touching it. So, slow,...More

1  Thank Susan D
Katherine W, General Manager at Woolwich Arms & Arrow, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2017

Hello Susan, I'm very sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience. This is the first time we have ever received a complaint of this nature so I have sent you a personal message with my e-mail address. I look forward to hearing from you...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 176 Woolwich St, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3V5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Guelph
  • Phone Number: +1 519-836-2875
  • E-mail
Perhaps the Wooly concept is best represented by renowned Canadian artist Charlie Pachter's "Queen on a Moose" paintings. These pictures conveyed what would happen if a British pub was transferred to Canada. That pub would feature local foods, beverages and decor. It would be an "All-Canadian" pub featuring the best of the British pub culture. A "local" or home-base pub for its guests. The Woolwich Arrow was inspired by the Ontario micro-brewery "explosion" that occurred in the late 1980's. The brewery industry was dominated by 3 large companies for over 40 years until the start of the craft brewery phenomenon. Teaching a course on beers at the University of Guelph Bob Desautels was keenly aware of this development. When an opportunity to open a pub in downtown Guelph emerged he decided to feature only small micro-brews on tap. The rest is history!
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