Hamburgers are modelled after Victorian-era architecture, a style known for its sesame-seed-dusted roofs, flowing lettuce curtains, and meat everywhere. Feast upon a well-formed feeding frenzy with today's Groupon: for $6, you get a burger and fries at The British Arms Pub in Barrie (up to a $12.41 value, including HST).
The British Arms Pub replicates an English-style pub experience, with dark woods and warm hues surrounding visitors as they nosh juicy burgers handcrafted from half-pound patties. For the pub's flagship B.A. burger ($9.49), grill gurus tailor hand-formed ground beef to suit hand-sewn kaiser buns before accessorizing their creations with cheese or bacon ($0.99 each). More gussied-up variations include the swiss-and-mushroom burger ($10.99), with bacon and caramelized onions, and the Cajun BBQ burger ($10.99), which seals in taste-bud-scorching spices before tempering them with barbecue sauce, onion rings, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. Though not included with this Groupon, diners can wash down protein patties with pints of imported brews straight from the British and Emerald Isles while keeping eyeballs occupied with the pub's flat-screen TVs and magic-lantern shows relating the Battle of Hastings.
British Arms Pub and Ascent Lounge
Sure, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to food, authentic recipes make for a more delicious meal. Native Brit Jonathan Dobbs is the head chef at British Arms Pub, where he's filled the menu with dishes such as mini Yorkshire puddings paired with roast beef and a 10-12-ounce Harp-battered haddock served with fresh cut chips, peas, and homemade tartare sauce. Locals can sip on Harp and Kilkenny cream ale while watching Premier League games or live musicians who gather around the fireplace nightly.
Upstairs is Ascent Lounge, a more contemporary space with bright blue walls, Cubist prints, and a backlit bar. It's reserved exclusively for private events or really fancy alone time, and has full-bar service as well as a distinct menu designed by an executive chef.