164 Stafford St.
Situated at the corner of Stafford and Lilac, The grove is almost everything I've dreamed of in a pub. I have been trying to get there for a few months, but whenever I go there is a long wait time and I am starving. This time I was able to handle 45 minutes sitting in their somewhat narrow entrance and I don’t regret a minute of that time.
- Veggie Burger
- Danielle Pizza
- Sticky Toffee Pudding
- 1 Pimms
- A few pints
Unlike everywhere else I've gone in the last few months, the cocktails are 7$ not 10$; that in and of itself is worth noting. Domestics are 4.25, which is a decent price. They also do a sampler for 7.00 and imports for 6.50. They have a good range of beers and cocktails, including the Stafford Street Lager, which I stupidly didn't order.
Their veggie burger might be the best in the city! It is extremely tasty, slightly crisp and the bun is everything I hope for in a bun: tasty and capable of holding everything inside it. It blew my mind. The pizza was also really good. It didn't have tomato sauce, which usually means I will strongly dislike it, but this one was the exception to the rule. The crust was good, the toppings were perfect, and despite having a fair amount of oil it didn't taste greasy. I was amazed. The sticky toffee pudding was good, but my bother has an unbeatable recipe, and that means I was slightly disappointed. The fries were nothing special, but still tasty.
Pretty much everyone I know loves this place and I see why. If it was just a little bit cheaper, or just a little bit less crowded, I would never go anywhere else to eat, drink, and be merry.
Until next time,