The House on Parliament (website, Twitter)
454 Parliament Street, Toronto ON M5A 2H6 (on the east side, between Doctor O Lane and Woodward Evans Lane, the nearest major intersection is Gerrard Street East and Parliament Street) 416-961-9425
A slice of London in Cabbagetown.
If you are looking for a classy pub in Toronto’s Cabbagetown, then look no further than the House on Parliament. It has a variety of comfy seats, tin ceiling squares under glass as your tabletop, two patios, big portions, and lots of London-themed images, including a huge map of old London (I’m guessing early 18th century) and what appears to be a Churchill corner (no objections here). The pub is rather small and both times as we left the pub, there was a line-up for the table. I got the impression that the pub was popular with the locals as it seems that we were the only people who the servers did not know.
Unfortunately, the overwhelming memory of the House on Parliament pub is that it’s loud, however, it was busy both times we were there and we were in the lower part of the pub and as such we did not stay as long as we wanted. Perhaps a strategically placed rug or two might make things easier on the ears, but what do I know?
Number of visits by yours truly: my second, but not my last, on a weekend afternoon in May 2014
TTC information: a seven-minute ride eastbound from College Station on the Carlton streetcar or a six-minute ride southbound from Castle Frank Station on the Parliament bus
Booze selection: 20 beers, with lots of red and white wine, and Waupoos cider (yes, they have Pimm’s)
Food selection: big servings. The menu is online
Service staff: good, but it seems that a number of online reviews think that the servers could be more attentive
Prices: expensive, but large portions
Patio: on the street and upstairs at the back
Wheelchair accessible: nope as toilets are accessible only by stairs
Televisions: two with one over the bar
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: INXS/Modern English/XTC/”Jaan Pehechaan Ho” (that song from Gumnaam/Ghost World)
Rating: four and a half pints (out of five)