Let's review: this is NOT a gastro-pub or a brew-pub. This is a "been here for a long while" pub. It is in an older area of Surrey, not a brand-new acres-of-huge-houses development. It is what it is... a local watering hole that serves beer and pub food.
On the chores run for Saturday, the Other Half and I were driving by. Having always said "we should try that out some day", we decided to stop in for a snack and a cool one. Around 2:00 pm on a Saturday afternoon, the place was jammed.
Ambiance? Clean enough, getting a little worn here and there. Hook & Ladder being a reference to a nearby firehall, there were bits and pieces of vintage firetruck gear. Without looking too closely, you might assume a country/Western theme. A large covered patio on one side, with Bear Creek running just a few yards away. In the summer, would be a very pleasant place to sit. The crowd was cheerful and relaxed, with a few local characters for colour and a few expletives heard here and there.
Two servers were just flying - we were acknowledged when we sat down, and then yes, we did wait a few minutes. Drink orders came quickly, food orders taken with a cheerful grin. The food took a while to get to us, but food was coming out to tables at an amazing rate. There was a $2.50 weekend breakfast special (steak and eggs = $6.95) that most seemed to be ordering, which may have been part of the reason for the crowd.
The OH ordered Cajun chicken quesadilla with Mexi-fries, salsa and sour cream. I decided on popcorn shrimp with cocktail sauce. The portions were very generous, and the food was very fresh. Popcorn shrimp in a pub can be a bit of a "risk" order, but it is also a good benchmark to see how well the cook handles a deep-fryer. In this case, thumbs-up to the cook! The shrimp were a good size, they were not at all greasy, and the cocktail sauce had lots of horseradish in it.
Overall, a good cheap and cheerful place for lunch, or snacks and a drink. Nighttime crowds would be different I'm sure, but that is true for most drinking establishments. I would return to try the $2.50 breakfast
My wife and I moved to this area about 2 years ago, and, we discovered this pub soon after. We initially came to the Hook for the 10 cent chicken wings!! The wings are great and the selection pretty decent. I have tried many items on their menu, and, the quality was pretty good, except for a raw Steak sandwich once :-)
The ambience is typical PUB and the service is always steady and friendly.
We like the pub cause it rarely gets TOO busy, and, we have become 'regulars'.
Lookin' forward to the $7.95 Prime Rib dinner tonight!!
The Food staff and wait staff previously was excellent, portions from the kitchen were outstanding. I have visited the Hook and Ladder pub at various time and In the last while, there have been staffing changes that have sent this pub to the bottom of the barrel. Food coming from the Kitchen has been substandard quality, The wait staff that is employed now in my eyes seem to not even care of the customers satisfaction at all. It feels like you are there to annoy them just being there the when questioned Bar tender seem to care less about the servers attitudes My Recommendation is to run far away from this place as possible.
My husband and I decided to try this pub as we had an event to attend in the area and being from Vancouver, we didn't know the area well and this place was close. Well that is about the only good thing I can say. Service = worst I have ever had, food = marginal for pub fare and value was disgusting we order an appy platter for $16 and it was maybe worth $8. We will never return and I will tell all my friends.
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