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The Anne Boleyn Brings Creative Pub Grub to Toronto


Anne Boleyn is the most famous of Henry VIII’s six wives. At the time of their marriage Anne was already six months pregnant and the new queen knew that her status was contingent on her ability to bear the king a son. Anne’s epic demise (off with her head) took place at Tower of London, after false charges of incest, witchcraft, adultery and conspiracy against the king were cast against her. Later on her daughter, Elizabeth, would emerge as one of England’s greatest queens.

Today when tourists skip through the Tower of London animated tour guides spook crowds with tales of how Anne’s ghost can still be found wandering the grounds. The English icon recently transported herself to the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District and has found a new home sweet home on Richmond Street West. You’ll find a portrait of the queen perched over the pretty patio of The Anne Boleyn.

Toronto’s newest British pub concept is brought to you by Richard Lambert and Jesse Girard (Parts and Labour, Dog and Bear). Their recently launched 4,200 sq ft Anne Boleyn is a British-inspired pub housed within a contemporary facade. Blue velvet upholstered stools tuck in at the central bar while two distinct feasting spaces include a cozy library nook and a main dining room featuring a choir of glowing sphere lanterns.

The Anne Boleyn’s creative menu was designed by Executive Chef Brent Piersens. His finger-licking-good offerings showcase a cast of classic Brit pub faves (Scotch eggs, Cheese on Toast, Fish & Chips, Tikka Masala) as well as a collection of North American spins including P&L’s decadent onion jam slathered burger, a spicy jerk rubbed Chicken & Waffles and healthy Pomegranate Salad Bowl tossed with rye berries, kale and feta.

Sherry Cobbler | amontillado sherry, grenadine, lemon, angostura bitters

Pimm’s Cup | pimm’s no1, lemon, ginger ale

Old Fashioned | woodford bourbon, bitters, orange zest

Devil’s on Horseback | medjool date, english cheddar, bacon

The P&L Burger | onion jam, monterey jack cheese, dill pickle sauce, iceberg lettuce

Bangers and Mash | pork sausage, onion gravy, peas

Chicken & Waffle | half jerk chicken, pumpkin spiced waffle, coleslaw

Trifle | raspberries, sherry, custard, pistachios, chantilly

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