The Cheshire Cheese serves English pub style food and beers.
This restaurant has a stunning view from it's location at Londsdale Quay. I wish I had time to have a beer as they had a great selection of English Beers.The food is a little more expensive than expected but the quality was fairly good. They have a gret patio which was full of people enjoying a great sunny day enjoying that English Ale
When I arrive, my server was prompt & friendly. I got my order & the food arrive fairly quick. When I eat there, I have enjoyed all my meals, and I've tried a variety over the years. When I finished eating, I waited, & waited, even tried to get the attention of another server, but no luck. It took me getting up from my table, to walk to bar to get my bill, & even was ignored for another few more minutes. I asked I wanted to pay my bill, heard some grumbling and didn't even see my server in this time, maybe she was on a break, who knows.
I paid my bill, left no tip, since it became non existant, and not sure how soon or if I will return, until I read improved service. It's too bad, I was going to give my server a good tip, for her fast work in the beginning, and than she vanished...
Cheshire cheese is named for a kind of British cheese that is creamy and bland. A bit salty, but a good firm cheese.
So too with the Cheshire Cheese restaurant. Lots of traditional fare like fish and chips, bangers and mash, toad in the hole, and shepherds pie. Nothing to write mum about, but good solid food. The curries are terrible, but otherwise the menu is about what you would expect. A nice variety of popular beers, and they have Strongbow cider, plus some local wines. A good place to go on a rainy Sunday.
Took the kids here on a rainy Saturday.
I was impressed with the chidren's menu - staples such as burgers, fish & chips, etc that come with a pop for only $5.75. Excellent value!!
My six year old son wanted a burger. We were at a pub style restaurant in Vancouver a few weeks ago where we ordered a burger from the kids menu and it was filled with chopped onions. He specifically wanted a burger with "no onions or 'green stuff' (i.e. vegetable matter, like parsley)" I inquired and the burger was indeed a beef burger without the offending onions or veggie matter. It was served with ample fries and was a good size.
My daughter opted for the chicken pot pie. This was not on the children's menu - but she was gung ho on chicken pot pie - so I ordered it for her. It came with fries. The pie was actually a stew in a medium sized ramkin with a flakey crust atop. It was tasty enough and okay value at $12 ish.
I ordered the halibut and chips for $18 and the $1 extra cole slaw. The fish was a little greasy - but otherwise tasty. The fries were tasty enough. The cole slaw (which cost a buck extra) was abysmal. It was blah flavour and done in a vinegar type dressing. I only ate one bite of it. I politely advised the waitress that it was not to my liking and asked her not to include it in the bill. She was gracious and omitted the item from our final bill.
Lunch came to $48 (including tax and 15% tip).
The ambiance was okay - a little meh, but the view on a nice day would be great. I would return for a burger and a beer on a nicer day with the hubby and burger and pop from the children's menu for the kids. I just wouldn't bother with the pricier entrees.
An English pub style restaurant at Lonsdale Quay that is a pleasent location for lunch. The clientele seems to be mainly seniors. The food was good but not outstanding, I enjoyed my salmon burger. There is a wide variety of pub food along with bugers and sandwiches.
Well, there really isn't such a thing as "English cuisine", anymore than there really is "Irish cuisine", or "Scottish cuisine"; not many UK-area countries are known for epicurean delights.
Still, England did invent pub food, and this place faithfully recreates many favourite dishes, from scratch, such as shepherd's pie, toad in the hole, spotted dick, etc. etc. The food may be a bit pedestrian for those West-Coasters who are used to asian-fusion and all sorts of exotic ethnic-hybrid restaurants, but you don't go for pub food for fancy or interesting, you go for a filling meal and quality food with friends. That is what this place delivers, so it is unreasonable to expect otherwise.
Stick to ordering the British food, though, which by and large is amazing. Their regular pub food (i.e. burgers) is not terribly interesting, however, and the only reason they get a three for food rating - their British food deserves a four.
I have eaten at Cheshire Cheese Inn at Carrie Cates ( Lonsdale Quay ) in North Vancouver a few times. I had the Prime Rib, a couple times which was very good, how ever only available on weekends, fri. & sat. nights. Also I have had the Fish & Chips Dinner a couple of times also. and that was good as well. inside Cheshire is comfortable and lots of room. The view looks out at Vancouver's Harbor, which is a Spectacular view, so I would recommend it, so have a meal and enjoy the view,,, Allan Cassidy
Food: Went here a few times. The food seems to be pretty consistent. Tried the Toad in the Hole; it was very savoury and pretty heavy. It's good that it came with fries or salad option; salad is the recommended option. The Shepherd’s Pie had a thick layer of creamy mashed potatoes over yet another savoury portion of beef, veggies, and gravy. (Also came with fries or salad option.)
Service: Never really have to wait too long when we go there. We were almost immediately greeted at the door each time we went. The servers were attentive, friendly, and helpful.
Value: The serving side of the entrees are really large for some. The Shepherd's Pie could be served as 2 meals for just $13. Most entree ranges from $12 to $16 (not including the seafood category though).
Ambiance: Inside the restaurant feels a little... old... well, old British style. It's comfortable and cozy. The patio has a great view of the water! It's just lovely there!! After dinner, you can go for a nice stroll along the water!
There's nothing too exciting about this themed pub. You get large amounts of food and it's quite tasty. A friend who has been around these parts for many a year enthuses on how good their fish and chips are. They sell guiness and other UK ales. Everything about this place is average - maybe they don't need to try too hard since they probably rely a lot on passing shoppers at Lonsdale Quay and also the tourist trade. If you're missing your bangers and mash or toad-in-the-hole then it's worth a visit.
Living in a culinary wasteland, I need to choose my dining wisely when I have the opportunity to visit the lower mainland. The Cheshire Cheese is a standard go-to for such visits, because I know I will receive a delicious meal at a good value. Shepherd's Pie may not be the fanciest of dishes, but this place does it very well, which is rare for a restaurant. We have yet to try something here that isn't delicious.
The service is adequate to good, but we're pretty low-maintenance diners without any special needs or requests. The view is lovely, I like the decor, and, most importantly, there are no televisions in the dining area (perhaps there is one over the bar, but I do not recall). When the place is busy, it can feel a bit crowded due to the restaurant's odd shape, but it seems to suit the atmosphere.
Yes, the Cheshire cheese is just a pub, but I've found the staff pretty attentive and the atmosphere quite good.
I typically only go for the brunch there, but the eggs benny (and variations of) are always nicely done including the hollandaise tomatoes and potatoes.
Definitely worth checking out for brunch.
It just wasn't as appetizing as I remember. I had the Toad in the Hole and the whole dish was bland, dry and lukewarm. I know English food isn't considered as many as the most tasty but I always found the Elephant Castle's food quite good and comforting. I think I might have given it a passing grade if it had been hot. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for heavy heavy food that just sits in your stomach like a big rock.
In North Van for a soccer tourney, dined out on a Sunday night for Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving dinner special,ordered by wife & I and kids had burger & chicken strips. Food was good, value was good, service was average, even though not busy when we arrived (6pm). Place filled up after that. Nice atmosphere, excellent view.
Would go back & recommend to others, looking for good food, good value, family option.
Three of us went here, mainly for the view from the terrace. Friends ordered fish and chips and a hamburger. I got oysters. They were great - plump and pan fried. Even the fries were good. My friends were well satisfied too (you could see that from the silence as we ate!)
The server was a little slow when it came time to pay the bill but that's only a niggle.
I would recommend this place.
In our family, there sometimes seems to be a pretty big gap between what the different generations want to eat. When we're taking out people between 50-70 that seem a little wary of ethnic/ west-coast healhty, this is where we end up. Everyone gets to eat something of good quality and no one gets scared off because the french fries, b urgers and battered fish are recognizable to everyone. Later you can all look around the Quay. Not a place for a hot date, and though they have a kids menu, the servers are likely to want to move your stroller and will not be fauning over your kids. Someone I know travels a great distance to eat their shepherd's pie, but I've never tried it.
Took a friend out to lunch to a favourite spot. Usually the servers are great, but today the young lady had an attitude problem. Not friendly like the usual ones, brusk and gave us our bill before asking if we wanted dessert which I was hoping to order. So when it came time to tip, it was reflected in the service that was received. That aside, the food was great and the portions substational.
Solid view and great service menu looks great till the food arrives at the table. French fries are $3 extra with some dishes and the dishes that include french fries are served a small portion. The cooks could use more training to get those french fries cooked right. MORE FRIES PLEASE!
My Husband and I have been to this restaurant a few times before, and have enjoyed it. However last Friday, when we went again, it was a very different experience. I think the management has changed, as the environment was very different, brightly lit as opposed to the subdued lighting from before. Our table was right in the middle of the restaurant, next to the coffee station, so there was no privacy, but it was busy, and I guess that was the luck of the draw.
What really made the experience a disappointing one was the service. Our server made no attempt to go beyond the absolute basics of taking the order and bringing the food. We both ordered curry, mine was seafood and my husband had lamb. We both agreed it was acceptable but nothing much beyond that. We were deciding whether to have dessert or coffee and my husband had put his credit card beside his plate. The server just came by and grabbed the card without a word and brought the card machine to him. She also stood over him as he entered the numbers. We could not believe it!
We will not be back, and are disappointed as we have had good experiences here in the past.
This was a favoriite of mine , took many guests and vancouver visitors there in the past years 2005 -2008.
Since then I believe that it has been sold on !
BUT not today will I go back there, their food has become expensive and indistinct ( a Sysco delivery ? ) and the portions are gradually becoming much smaller. No longer value for money in my opinion.
Pity because it has great ambience with excellent quay side views, they need to decide which market they're after, purely " Tourists" that you catch once or ongoing local support ?
The Cheshire Cheese at the Lonsdale Quay is one restaurant I can count on to have something I can enjoy for any meal of the day.
Today, we took our little one to have lunch with my Mother. Being a busy day, we set reservations to make sure we got a seat without any problems.
Upon arriving there was a bit of a wait for someone to greet us, but once we gave our names, we were brought to a nice table by the window.
We started off with my usual Pint of Pale Ale, an Iced Tea for mother and a Water without ice for my love. All of which were brought at separate times, but promptly and as ordered.
After getting settled in, taking pictures of Junior on another one of his outings, we decide on some simple dishes. Fish and Chips for myself & Club Houses for the ladies, one with fries.
All of the meals were brought out at the same time and looked as good as usual. The Fish and Chips came with 2 Pieces of cod on a normal serving of fries, and tasted pretty good. The girls enjoyed both of the Club houses and we finished lunch off with Coffee, Tea and Apple Pie with Ice Cream.
As always, the Cheshire is a reliable place to get some good inexpensive food that is conveniently located at the Lonsdale Quay. Check it out.
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