10012 101A Avenue NW, Edmonton
Date of Visit: July 8, 2015
I discovered this interesting little place just a few minutes walk from the hotel I was staying in downtown Edmonton and the faux English Cottage appearance was so cutesy that I knew it had to be either truly awful or else pretty good. Luckily, it turned out to be the latter…
Ambience and Service
Sherlock’s has a nice outdoor patio and when I arrived at 11am I spied a colleague from the conference I was attending already seated out there so I joined him for a quick drink. There was already a good crowd, both inside and out, and things picked up quite a bit as the noon hour approached. When my friend left, I moved inside where it was much cooler. The interior has an upstairs and a down and I sat on the lower level where it is very dark and cozy with lots of dark wood beams and tables. The decoration is really eclectic with all sorts of collectibles, and includes memorabilia such as Scotch cannisters, bar serving trays, beer coasters and even English street signs and a teapot or two.
The waitress who served me first was a bit stand-offish, although polite, but the one who took over when I moved inside was more friendly. Generally, the service was good but it was also a little slow even taking the crowd into consideration. That being said, it wasn’t so slow as to be annoying but I had an empty glass more often than I would have liked.
The menu at this establishment is pretty much standard pub fare with burgers, pizza, and the like, but it gives a nod to the English theme with shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, and bangers and mash. They also do an interesting appetizer called the ‘Baker Street Platter’ which comes with a sampling of other appetizers plus deep fried pickles.
Sherlock’s Dry Ribs – This appetizer dish comes with sweet chili sauce and garlic cheese toast but as I as having a very substantial main to follow, I didn’t bother trying the toast. The ribs were fried in a light bread coating that was suspiciously like Shake & Bake but still very good. The meat was still nicely juicy, quite tender, in fact, and there wasn’t too much fat. The sauce was pretty much a bottled Thai chili sauce and I found it to be a bit too much for the ribs. I thought them excellent with just a squeeze of the lemon that came on the side and I gave the dish a 4 out of 5
Bangers and Mash – The menu describes this as Spolumbo’s Pork Sausage with mashed potatoes, peas, Yorkshire pudding, gravy and hot English mustard. I vaguely recognized the name ‘Spolumbo’ and was afraid they were a brand I had tried and didn’t like but the sausages were actually very nice. The Yorkshire Pudding was a bit stodgy (many places don’t do this well) but the potatoes and peas, though plain, went very well. All in all this was a nice, homey sort of meal and I rated it at a 4 out of 5.
Theirs is nothing about the menu that is especially exciting and t would not alone draw me back even though what I ate was pretty good. Still, the pub is a very pleasant place to while away a few hours with friends and I would make it a fairly regular stop if Edmonton was my home town. I give it a solid 4 out of 5.