At this point, it’s probably best to keep it brief. The longtime house of food and drink at 15th and Mercer is ready for visitors in its latest Medieval incarnation.
The new Canterbury Ale House has been serving customers that last few nights in a soft start to another few decades of service on Capitol Hill. Friday is the official opening from the new partnership between the Neumos and Sam’s Tavern teams.
“This isn’t about the old Canterbury,” Meckling told us.
The new Canterbury has dark walnut everywhere, a giant new bar, a gorgeous vintage pool table, a big ol’ drawbridge of a roll up door for sunny days, darts and projection TV. The old video games are back. Shufflepuck is back. The suit of armor is back. But the rest is a total reinvention of the old space.
The overhauled kitchen comes with a new king of the deep fryer. But Cormac Mahoney’s reign over the menu is more about oyster stew and farro minestrone, smoked sturgeon or scotched quail eggs, steak tartar and marrow tots. There is a Canterburger. There is a dry rubbed flank steak. There are oysters on the half shell. We dare you to jump in a 15th Ave E time machine and order oysters at the old Canterbury. Or ask somebody to dry rub your flank steak, for that matter..
The new kingdom includes a royal upgrade in the cocktail department where each day of the week has a cocktail special and happy hours grace every day from 3 to 6:30 PM and again from 10 PM to midnight. There are zero ye olden tyme puns on the cocktail menu, by the way. Around 30 beers are offered on tap. You can get Pabst — or Red Bull — by the can.
Hours are 3 PM to 2 AM, seven days a week. Brunch will be served 10 AM to 2 PM on the weekends.
The Canterbury Ale House is located at 534 15th Ave E. You can learn more at thecanterburyalehouse.com.