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Craft Beer. Fresh Food. Live Music! The Canoe & Paddle is an English pub in the historic Hamblin's building beside the river in downtown Lakefield. Known for 20 craft beers on draught, gourmet pub fare, top notch local live entertainment , and always friendly personal service - this pub has quickly become a local favourite. Now featuring an awesome outdoor patio to boot!
PRICE RANGE
C$5 - C$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Canadian
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed December 31, 2023

Food was awesome and service was amazing! New favourite pub! Staff were great and fast friendly service. Accommodated all allergies at the table

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed October 13, 2023 via mobile

Very good service and good variety of food choices. My husband had a burger which was juicy and stacked. I tried the chicken curry and rice. Very flavourful with a kick of chillies. The portion size was good.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 12, 2023 via mobile

The food was quite good. But why serve hot food on dishes that felt like they had just been taken out of the fridge. This seems to be the norm at all restaurants I have visited in my travels across Ontario. PLEASE HEAT UP THE...DISHES THANK YOU RON WOOHOUSEMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed July 22, 2023 via mobile

Great suggestion by family member to meet here. Within easy walking distance from hotel. We were a large group so we sat outside where the kids could play. Service was friendly and attentive. The food took awhile to arrive once ordered, but again, we were...a large group. Once we did get it…it was very good. Dayle did a great job! We were traveling a long way from home, but back to home, and will return here given the opportunity.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed July 13, 2023

The Canoe and Paddle is mine and my families favourite place to eat. The servers, cooks, hosts (everyone - you get the idea) are wonderful people who always make us feel like we are part of the family. We come here almost weekly (or more!)...and have never had a bad experience. Today we had Sarah as our server. She was the best as usual, attentive, friendly and always gives great recommendations. She is this way with all her customers and works hard to ensure everyone has a great experience. Thank you for an awesome lunch!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed February 16, 2023

Food is always fresh and tasty, with an excellent selection of Gluten/Dairy free food. Staff is always friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed November 4, 2022 via mobile

My sister and I chose this pub because it was open the latest. We decided to order a few shareable appetizers for our dinner. We decided on the loaded nachos, Smokey bbq wings, and puff pastry wrapped Brie with jam…..drool. Definitely not your average pub...food, we couldn’t get enough! We also happened to be at this pub on Trivia night. I’ve never been to a trivia night before, but this one was serious!! It was a really entertaining challenge! We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our night out.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 31, 2022 via mobile

We came on a Monday night in late October, only because they are literally the only place in town open on a Monday at this time of year. The booth we sat in had a heavily varnished table top with vinyl seats with duct tape...to cover the slits and tears. One seat needs new tape as it is now sticky side up, lol. Our wine glasses each had lipstick on them from a prior customer; and our water glass was not much better. Our server was friendly and helpful, making several suggestions. Food portion size was generous, tastes were really good. So, if you are not too picky, you can get good food here, but we would choose to not return.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 24, 2022 via mobile

We like to support our local restaurants however yesterday was the last time eating at the Canoe & Paddle. Yes it was a beautiful sunny Sunday in late October and I’m sure they were under staffed not expecting the patio to be as busy as...it was however waiting 90 minutes for our food was unacceptable. Other tables who arrived after us ate and left before we got our food. This was not the servers fault! She did her best to keep us posted and even took the soft drinks off our bill. It was the cook staff that kept us waiting. Food was just ok when it finally arrived. The last visit (summer) wasn’t as bad but wasn’t good either. I don’t know what’s happened to this place but for us it was the last straw. We supported this place multiple times during the pandemic by picking up their frozen entrees hoping that the support would help keep them afloat however at this point in time we no longer care.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2022

Was told by Village Inn this was the place to go. Well she was correct. Fast service hot food very very good. Had a beef and taco soup, amazing. If you are in Lakefield Ontario go to the Canoe and Paddle.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 8, 2022

Our appetizer was forgotten but sent out with our meal and was poorly prepared. They would not remove the full cost of the appetizer, which was about $15 dollars. We did consume some of it, but they would have thrown it out anyway. After having...to argue with the server, the manager and finally the owner, they removed the item, but then I noticed they charged me for an extra alcoholic drink which I did not consume. This is my fault as I did not pay attention to it at the moment. As we noticed the last 2 visits, the service is slow, disorganized, and they they do not pay attention to detail with the orders and your bill. It's upsetting they would argue over a $15 dollar item on a $110 food bill and loose a customer. It's understandable that food costs are expensive and it's difficult to find experienced wait staff, but we chose to spend our money at their establishment, and felt that they dismissed our concerns altogether. The final straw was the manager telling me that the money from the appetizer would be taken out of the servers wages. This is abhorrent practice and the owners should be ashamed of themselves. Overall, the customer service has been steadily declining as well as the food quality. At the end of the day, we wont be back but wish them well with improving things in the future to keep their business afloat.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 26, 2022

Very unorganized.told at least 5 times they were understaffed yet ther were at least 5 empty tables. Waited 50 mins !!! For our meal…only because we stopped a waitress to complain. Poor excuses given! People who came in 30 mins after us served food within...10 mins…..should have left after that…will never be there again.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 26, 2022 via mobile

This restaurant/pub has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and serves delicious food. My family (2 young boys, myself and husband)have come here regularly year round for multiple years now because not only are the people working here fun and friendly but the food is amazing....We have tried everything on the menu and have always had a great meal (take out is equally delicious!). The staff are attentive even when they are extremely busy. There is no other place I would rather go for a great meal and fun conversation/company.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 18, 2022 via mobile

Had high expectations but they were not met. Went for lunch on Tuesday. It looked like a perfect storm with only two servers and one oven out of service so four menu items were unavailable. All told we were there two hours. As it turned...out the meals were quite good with considerable portions ( F&C and stew). But the wait time was excruciating. And there were lots of empty tables so it wasn’t a full house. There could have been better communications about status of order.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022

Been to this restaurant many times. Usually always good. This time 2.5 hours for lunch!! Excuses and more excuses. Told us 5 more minutes and 25 minutes later our food arrived. They should have offered a discount because of the slow service but no, here's...your $200 dollar bill! Sorry, never going back unless I need to kill an afternoon waiting for my lunch!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Canoe and Paddle Pub is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4