The latest from the Burgundy Lion Group (see also: Bishop & Bagg, Brit & Chips) has arrived in Old Montreal, and that team is keeping things classically British.
Wolf & Workman is now open on St-Paul W, a major change for an address that was formerly fanciful Mediterranean restaurant Scarlet Exclusive.
Expect plenty of Quebec products on offer too, particularly in terms of beer and spirits (Circa is one local distillery that will be represented here, as well brewery Farnham, alongside bigger international names).
The food offerings are drawing inspiration from the taverns of London, chef Louis-Philippe Camerlain will do higher-end pub fare, like Jalfrezi chicken (Indian, but popular in the UK), cottage pie, and a burger. It’s just dinner for now, although lunch service should start within a week; brunch is also in the works for a later date.
The interior thematically matches the food, too: helped along by a historic building dating to the 1830s. It’s lit by hanging lanterns and chandeliers — there’s ample tufted seating, including booths, all in rich dark tones, and (of course), plenty of wood panelling. It’s a big space, too: there’s room for around 150 inside, and a courtyard will open in the summer with space for 50 more.
As co-owner Toby Lyle previously told Eater, he’s hoping the pub can draw locals down to a part of town that some may write off as touristy. He’s not the only person hoping to rebirth the neighbourhood as a place locals might want to visit — other newcomers like Italian spot Un Po di Piú, chic-casual Dandy, and another upcoming pub, Parliament, all seem to have a similar thought in mind.
STATUS — Wolf & Workman is open at 139 St-Paul W from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Longer hours should start later this week, with the pub opening at 11:30 a.m. every day.