U.K.-inspired pub delivers authentic experience

Great grub: Typical meals from Kensington Pub are fish and chips, and a Teriyaki burger with onion rings. The quaint pub features window seating and a traditional pub-style atmosphere. (Photo by Khaleel Haji/The Press)

In the heart of the busy area of Kensington in northwest Calgary, lies a pub with the same character and history as the district itself.

The aptly named Kensington Pub, known to regulars as “K-pub,” is an English-style pub that caters to Calgarians from all areas of the city, as well as tourists.

“It’s hard to find a good bar in town that you can get traditional pub food at,” says Chris Morrison, who moved here from London three years ago.

“It’s a very homey place, and it’s perfect for a weekend pint with the family or friends.”

The cobblestone pub, with its creeping vines and stereotypical U.K. aesthetic, switched ownership in 1993 to Lynn Porteous and her brother Bill. They wanted to bring some anglo-style flare to Kensington’s unique environment.

They quickly transformed the joint and, with the help of their family, went on to establish a name as one of the best pubs in town.

The involvement of family has given the pub meaning to Lynn and Bill beyond serving great food and drinks.

“We always feel at home when we come here,” says Louise Raymond, a frequent visitor to Kensington Pub.

“It’s all family run, so the service we get is consistent and we’ve made a real connection with the owners, so it’s a great experience.”

Traditional English comfort foods are the mainstays of the menu, which aims to deliver dishes that are not only delicious, but give a taste of home to those who come from the U.K.

From puddings to pastries, fish and chips to curries, the variety matches the distinct cultural melting pot that is London.

“There is quite the variety offered here,” says Janet James, a newcomer to the pub, which is on 10A Street, just north of Kensington Road N.W.

“The menu is really diverse. It’s going to be hard to choose from the bunch.”

Like any traditional pub, beers, stouts and spirits are important for those looking for a way to kick back and watch the game, or de-stress with friends and family.

With 14 domestic and international beers on tap, there is something for every taste and preference.

A setting with character: A Kensington Pub bartender serves drinks to a patron at the northwest establishment. The pub, which is on 10A Street, just north of Kensington Road N.W., serves up traditional English comfort foods. (Photo by Khaleel Haji/The Press)

Kensington Pub offers two floors of seating with an open bar on the main floor.

With mostly wood accents, the restaurant has a distinct cabin vibe, with the dark atmosphere of a more traditional European setting.

K-pub is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 midnight.


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As a news reporting and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Khaleel Haji is working as a writer for The Press during the 2018-19 academic year.