Cheshire Cheese Inn is a British style pub in Kerrisdale.
The Cheese needs to be bought out. It is a tired old place that has its best days behind it. I recently moved to Kerrisdale and was surprised this was the only pub in the hood. The bad reviews online are true, I found. The first time I went there was after work on maybe a Wednesday. I ordered a pint and a burger. The burger was burnt and disappointing. They can't even make a decent burger for cryin' out loud. A beer and a burger should be a staple go-to menu item in every pub in Canada. And yet The Cheese can't even get that right. I haven't ordered food anymore complicated than fries or chicken wings since. The really disappointing thing is that The Cheese is my local. Its the only game in town and its a sad old place. I suspect the owner is a sad old fart, too and his attitude drips down over everything. The decor is old and tired, the menu has no imagination to it, the bartender wouldn't smile or engage in a conversation if you put a gun to his head. And no matter how busy the wait staff are, the bartender will not help out at all. And the beer selection is truly uninspired given all the geat beers on offer in this part of the world.
This place really needs to be bought out by someone who gives a sh*t about running a decent pub. Someone who cares about their customers and wants to deliver a quality product. Until then, we have The Cheese.
I had the prime rib here and it was decent. The Guinness was well poured. Like most pubs, you come here for the swill, not the grub.
Good prime rib, and a great deal at $13.95. Great selection of single malts for a small neighborhood pub. They have daily roast special, they I may go back for.
Some friends and I went to this restaurant recently, and were dismayed to find it a pretty weak presentation of what Vancouver has to offer. They allowed us to order beers at last call, but didn't allow us to finish them. We were given the option of either chugging our beers immediately, or returning them while still paying for them. The remaining staff (managers?) bickered in front of us over whether or not we should be told why we were being told to leave. I don't think we'll be going back.
I've been to the Cheese a few times so I thought I'd write a review. It's supposed to have the feel of an English pub but it feels more like the inside of my grandma's living room. Still, it's a comfortable enough place to sit and have a few pints and they have TVs to watch the game. The beer list is pretty standard including Big Rock and the requisite Guinness but nothing too adventurous. Nothing too special about the food, it's average pub fare. They make a decent plate of nachos and the burgers are decent considering they use frozen patties but beware: My friend ordered a burger and then added cheese and bacon and they charged him an extra 4 dollars for these toppings. Ouch! I once had the turkey dinner that came in fairly generous portions but was severely lacking in seasoning. As mentioned by another reviewer, the clientele is fairly old, much like the neighbourhood.
Service varies here depending on the staff. Usually it's pretty good as the servers make sure you're taken care of without being overly in your face. On busy occasions you may find that you're ignored/forgotten if you sit on the patio. I go to this place because it's probably the best option on Dunbar, not because there's anything special about it.
We came to this restaurant on a Friday evening when it was quite busy.
The service was quick and friendly throughout the time we were there. The ambiance was good, seemed quite clean and the decor made it have an atmosphere, I suppose they were aiming for British pub style.
Before I review the food I have to say that I am British. The food was nothing similar to what I have had in the UK homecooked, in pub's or restaurants. One of us had Fish and Chips, the fish looked like it came out of a box from the frozen section of Safeway. The Chips were actually quite good but more Canadian style than British. We also had the fillet of salmon, potatoes and vegetables. The salmon wasn't too bad at all. The potatoes looked as though they had a ton of butter in them and beaten to death, and pretty tasteless.
We were looking at what other people were being served. We noticed that the Cornish Pasties were quite small by British standards. The Shepherds Pie's actually looked quite good but served with salad (WTF??) which I have never seen before. The Yorkshire Puddings looks a very interesting shape!! Well, if you really like traditional homecooked British food don't go here!
They had a few items that weren't British like Burgers and they actually looked better than anything else!!
So, I may return here for say a drink because the atmosphere was good but I think I am better off making the British stuff at home - and my cooking ain't really that good but I can do better than that!!
Sorry Cheshire Cheese!
My boyfriend and I came here for lunch on my birthday. The decor inside is a bit worn and dated, and the lighting just makes it look worse. Since it was a nice day, though, we sat outside on the patio, which didn't have that tired, slightly claustrophobic, feel about it. However, since we were the only ones sitting outside, our server wasn't around as much. We only saw her when she took our order, brought our food, and asked us how everything tasted. As such, we ran out of water well before we were done eating, and had to go looking for her in order to pay the bill. Nonetheless, the food was delicious. I had the hot shrimp melt, which was crisp without being overdone. My boyfriend had the shepherd's pie, which he enjoyed. Overall, a place I would visit again, if I'm ever wandering around Kerrisdale.
It is the only place in Kerrisdale to have a beer in a bar atmosphere. I used to meet a friend there on a regular basis for a few beers. We have only ever ordered the French fries to accompany our beer. These were always satisfactory. What bothers me most about the place is the indifference on the part of the service staff. One young lady even came to our table to inform us she was in the middle of dinner (all this with her mouth open and full of food). It has great potential to be a gathering place for all the younger thirsty locals but only if the servers actually crack a smile or 2 and show some interest in the clientele. Perhaps I should have said something in the past but like most, I am going elsewhere and am not coming back.
We went on a Sat. evening and were immediately seated. The watitress was extremely friendly and helpful, which is rare these days. The restaurant is very casual with a mix of family with children, the elderly, and people between 20-30. I went there with the Entertainment coupon and they were happy to take it. I ordered the Fisherman's Pie and my friend ordered the Chicken Pie, and there were both decent. I did think the chicken pie was too salty, but the fries were delicious! I don't think I'd go there too often, but if I want quick food at a friendly casual setting, I might.
I was craving British pub food and we found this place. We were kind of ignored for a while but that's better than having an annoying server. We got a cozy corner. The apple cider beer is great. We had the bangers & mash as well as the chicken pastry thing. Their menu selection is quite big but I'm sure all of it tastes good.
The thing that makes this place so good is the bangers don't taste fattening, the yorkshire pudding is light & fluffy, and the best thing (very hard to find), THE FOOD IS HOT! and stays hot for a long time. Overall, the food is really tasty and if you can't go to Britain, you can always come here!
The website has a complete menu flipbook and screenshots of events. Go to http://cheshirecheeseinnkerrisdale.ca/ to see the new launched web-site.
I am a local webmaster and there is nothing better than a cold Guinness after a hard day of programming. They make the best English fish and chips in Vancouver.
The Cheshire Cheese in Kerrisdale is one of the few pub style restaurants in Vancouver where one can really relax, have a great evening, good food and not break the bank! Over and above their celtic celebrations (and the recent St. Patty's was the most fun, most welcoming in years!) this place is guaranteed to make you feel welcome, let you enjoy yourself either as a single person dining alone or as a group (small or large). The place deserves high recommendations for a great casual place that everyone can feel welcome in and enjoy!
When and if you go to the Cheshire Cheese Inn on West Boulevard in Kerrrisdale please be sure to meet or bring friends when you go. Do not depend on the staff for the "hail fellow well met" thing or you will be in most cases surely disappointed.
Many (but not all) of the servers appear to be something out of The Night Of The Living Dead. Bloodless and of little discernable personality.
They seem to display little or no effort at all with regular customers and jarringly so with many first timers.
Embarassing ambassadors to Vancouver.
The only time they perk up is when the manager is present or if some of their own friends come in.
The traditional fare itself is decent but I warn you not to dine there alone. Its an odd thing but for the most part when you go to the Cheshire Cheese Inn in Kerrisdale you yourself will have to be the one to break the ice with your server as opposed to the other way around.
Tis the only place I know where the bartenders that have friendly & outgoing personalities are fired or simply "let go".
God forbid they exude any kind of warmth.
The owner of this establishment might want to spend a couple of weeks in their own establishment (in disguise of course) and perhaps witness this firsthand.
Then again, maybe he's a Vampire too.
Plenty of Pub deprived folk in Kerrisdale. The best audience is a captive one, eh?
Having been to Britain, and being British myself, this is as close as it gets to a true British Pub. When dining, especially in the evening hours, one feels like if they were to step outside, they would be in some small town in England. The Prime Rib is amazing, although the Yorkshire Pudding I could have done without. It was full of air and slightly burned on the outside. Obviously the servers are not going to take lots of time to pamper you, as they have lots of customers to deal with, and it does slightly add to the idea of a British Pub! The bread pudding is excellent, and the custard topping is a great idea. Some of the menu items are slightly straying from the British idea, but nonetheless it is an excellent place. Although in all my times there I have never seen the special rotate, it is alright because the special is an amazing choice. Unfortunately, I don't believe the Kerrisdale community is as accepting of places such as this, I still believe that for anyone wanting to get a taste of England, this is the place to go.
I have been going to the "cheese" for about six years now, for the simple fact that there really are no (pub style) alternatives in Kerrisdale. I completely agree with the other reviewers regarding the service there: one would think that when a customer comes in at least every couple of weeks that the staff acknowledge them? Some of the food there is good, even great (chicken pot pie, pasties, fish and chips), but some of it just palatable. I was actually embarassed when I took my mother there and she had a horrid turkey sandwich. If they were friendlier, then I wouldn't mind as much, but I guess they really don't care since they have a captive audience in those patrons who live nearby and don't want to drive to Broadway or 4th and wait in line somewhere to eat. Someone please open a tapas bar in Kerrisdale!
I have dined at this restaurant for many years. The last few times I really wonder why I dine here. The wait staff, even the manager, Catherine still feign nonregconition towards me. I have bought in many friends and family members to this restaurant so I have bought business to them. I go in to eat with some friends and the wait staff including the manager are practically falling over themselves being overly friendly toward them. And completely ignoring me.
On March 22, I had reservations for 6 at 6pm for with out of town guests. I arrive with my husband and waited 10 minutes at the door. The wait staff were chatting up a storm at the back table and never acknowledged us. Our guests finally saw us and alerted us to the table. When we sat down, they never said "hello" to us from the staff.
The food is okay, could be better. The specials are sometimes a good deal. It is more than moderately price for bland food it you like pub fare.
I will not be returning to this establishment.
Can always rely on the warm and friendly staff at the Cheese to welcome you in on a rainy night and to deliver a great meal at a great price! While many rave about its traditional pub fare, my favourite is their perfectly battered FRESH haddock and a nice glass of white wine. Hats off to establishing an inviting and warm gathering place with fun music, polite (and attractive!!) staff and terrific events to boot! Save me a seat for your Saint Patty's Day Party! Keep up the great work.
The poor service spoiled the place! The servers who are serving this joint, obviously comes to work with an attitude. I have never been so badly mistreated ever in any restaurant in Van and in my own turf - Kerrisdale.
Firstly, I was not "allowed" to pick my own table until I insisted not preferring that specific corner the server assigned me (mind you that I am no prisoners of no one.) The server, I guess was offended by my insistent gesture, provided me the slowest serving and found extremely reluctant to come to the table after she had her drink, her munchies and her flirting with the some aged customer which is at least 30 minutes after before she comes and taking my order with a tone that is so unwelcoming which makes my gf felt extremely embarrassed and uneasy. The kitchen did a decent job on the food, yet the server should be disciplined. I would never return and will let the bad words flows. Unacceptable.
I can't believe the negative reviews on the food. This is 100% quality British food. The bangers and mash are to die for -- truly authentic. Yesterday we tried shephard's pie -- once again, done to perfection. We asked the server if they could brown the top of the potato's and it was absolutely no problem. Our Australian server (normally an evening bartender) was efficient, knowledgeable and very charming. The Cheshire Cheese Inn was recommended to us by a Canadian border agent.......this is a wonderful find but apparently appeals to those of us who can recognize authentic English fare. Bravo for the Cheshire Cheese Inn.
If you like the Irish pub atmosphere and the dark heavy beers then you, like me, will be happy to find this watering hole in the much bar-deprived kerrisdale area. Two surprises accompanied me and my Guiness. The first surprise was that the lamb stew was amazing. If you go there, then order it. Your reasons for not ordering it will be unfounded once you bite into this hearty stew. The second surprise was my drinking buddy's bill. He asked for a double patty on his burger ($7) and he got it but when the bill came that charged him an extra $4 for it. He might as well of got two whole burgers. Mind you its hard to care about prices on a full stomach.