Lord William Pub
By Elizabeth Johnston

Where Everyone Knows your Name

One of the best feelings is to walk into a place where everyone knows your name and is glad to see you. That’s the ambiance of the Lord William Pub in Griffintown. This restaurant and bar opened its doors in June 2015 and while it has a homey atmosphere, it’s more than your average pub.

“When people think of a pub, they just think pitchers of beer and getting really drunk,” says Joe Pilotte, owner of the Lord William Pub, “but we wanted a different atmosphere. So, you can wear your jeans and a T-shirt, or you could be in a suit coming from work. Either way, you’ll feel comfortable here.”

It’s such a super great vibe in this area. It really feels like family here. - Joe Pilotte, owner
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A Menu to Please the Palate and the Pocketbook

The pub has various rooms for people to kick back and enjoy themselves. There’s the bar area where people can catch a game on TV, a basement to hold events, a separate area for quieter conversation and in the summer, a terrace.

The Lord William also has a menu that caters to a variety of taste buds. “Our menu is different," says pub partner Taylor Knott. "We have a lot of salads, vegetarian options, a cheese plate, oysters, tartare, fish and chips, and more. There’s something for every palate and pocketbook.”

Taylor and Joe are particularly proud of the food. “People tell us all the time, 'Your brunch is unbelievable. I cleaned my plate. It’s more than we hoped for.' Of course,” says Joe, “we hope to have good food, but to get that feedback, that is really special for us.”

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Family, Friends & Tradition

Like the menu items, the location was also carefully chosen. It’s an up-and-coming neighbourhood with many new residential buildings in the area, but for Joe, it has another significance. He grew up not far from it in the Ville Emard/Cote St. Paul area, and his uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather worked in the area as well.

“I remember when I was a kid,” recalls Joe, “my uncle would bring me to see my grandfather when he worked at the paper mill at des Seigneurs and Basin, and now it’s condos. So, it’s super cool for me how there’s so much history around me. Now every day, I travel on the same road that my forefathers did to get to work.”

Another source of pleasure for Joe and Taylor is the quality of connections they’re building in the neighbourhood. “Both Taylor and I worked at other pubs,” says Joe. “We had regulars, but now we’re developing relationships with people in the area, many of whom live in the surrounding condos. It’s such a super great vibe in this area. It really feels like family here.”

The Lord William Pub is nestled in the Point-Saint-Charles neighbourhood.
The Lord William Pub is nestled in the Point-Saint-Charles neighbourhood. Photo Credit: Elizabeth Johnston
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