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Review: The Lieutenant’s Pump – Ottawa

361 Elgin Street, Ottawa – 613-238-2949 – Website

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Date of Visit: December 4, 2013

I have planned to visit this place ever since I first saw it from the nearby, but now defunct, Big Daddy’s Crab Shack. As it happened, it was only on this last trip to Ottawa that I finally got around to it  but I am happy to report that the visit  was worth the wait… 

Ambience and Service

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This place touts itself as a ‘British Pub’ but, aside from the vaguely nautical name it is hard to see what is especially British about it. For all that, however, it is still a really decent place. It sits a little bit below street level and is a almost a maze of separate seating areas (with three separate bars) all in brick, rough hewn stone and dark wood. It is an instantly cozy and comfortable sort of place and a great hideaway in which to spend a cold, winter’s afternoon.

I found the service ate the Lieutenant’s Pump to be quick, efficient and friendly but I also noted that the young ladies who served me, while enthusiastic and helpful, had only a very basic familiarity with the menu. This is a small point in the scheme of things but I must say that I find it a plus when servers are able to knowledgeably discuss the beverages and dishes available.

The food menu is quite extensive and, while featuring most of the typical items you would find on a pub menu, there were also a number of more ‘upscale’ selections as well. Specials are also offered and, on this particular day, Newfoundland Seafood Chowder, Chilean Sea Bass, and ultra cheap chicken wings were available.

The Meal

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Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese and Cumin Mayonnaise – This is the first time I have ever had and, though the meat was just a little dry, it was actually pretty good. It could have used a bit more feta but the cumin mayo (served on the side) really worked well. Sautéed onions were also added to the burger and these were not only nicely caramelized, but helped offset the dryness of the patty. All burgers and sandwiches at the pub come with your choice of soup (three types), a salad (two types) or either regular or sweet potato fries. I opted for the sweet potato variety (which were great with the cumin mayo) and together with the burger, made for a pretty substantial and tasty meal. I gave this dish a 3 out of 5.


My experience at this cozy and inviting place was very pleasant and my meal was decent and filling. All in all, this is a really nice little pub and I would be happy to come back just for drinks or else to sample some of there other dishes. I rate it at a 4 out of 5.

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I am a lawyer by profession and my practice is Criminal... I mean, I specialize in Criminal law. My work involves travelling on Court circuits to remote Arctic communities. In between my travels I write a Food blog at

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