Guess who’s next on the rebranding docket? None other than your friendly neighborhood Firkin Pubs! Celebrating it quarter-century birthday this year, the 30-location strong British pub has evolved its dependable face to one that caters to a younger and trendier crowd.
TheSceneinTO visited the swanky Rosedale neighborhood location ‘The Quail’ (formerly known as The Quail and Firkin) to check out the transformation.
Stepping in, the pub is almost unrecognizable and is a much surer tribute to its UK inspiration, with mismatched furniture (including a union jack-upholstered couch) hugging the pool table lounge and an expanded seating area. “With our new lounge area and casual communal tables, we encourage folks to relax and mingle over delicious fare and fun conversation,” says Marion Curtis, director of Firkin’s operations enthusiastically.
Marion, who first started with Firkin Pubs as a server 24 years ago, couldn’t have been more ecstatic to see the evolution of the popular pub chain. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this revolution,” shares Marion passionately: “it has been wonderful to take our existing successful pub and evolve it into a cool, hip and modern Britannia concept.”
Beyond your typical tap beers, Firkin features a brand new cocktail list that invites the fairer sex into the pub circle as well. “We really wanted to welcome the ladies, and expand upon our offerings by introducing seasonal cocktails and lighter fare to the mix,” explains Marion of the changes to the drinks list, which includes both hot and cold cocktails (The Maple Leaf, a bourbon-based cocktail was the best in house – $9).
The revamped menu not only stays true to the classic comfort foods (but with a gourmet twist), but is also huge on flavour and texture – most notably: the springy ‘Pan-Roasted Red Snapper’ (with roast lemon herb potatoes and a vegetable medley – $17), the classic ‘The Big Hog’ poutine (topped with maple BBQ pulled pork and bacon – $12) and the ‘Stuffed Yorkie’ (Yorkshire pudding stuffed with braised pot roast and smothered with Guinness gravy – $8).
Feeling parched and peckish? Lucky for you – there’s most likely a Firkin on your local strip. Find your neighborhood Firkin here.