In a day and age where people don’t know their neighbours and community pubs are an endangered species, Edith + Arthur is a breath of fresh air.
If anyone’s going to know the names of Fleetwood’s thirsty residents, it’s the staff at this cozy neighbourhood haunt. And it’s no fluke. The two founders grew up in the area and are actively committed to bettering their community. Edith + Arthur fundraises for schools and charities, supports local neighbourhood food and producers and strives to keep members of the community out of harm’s way by participating in local safety initiatives.
The pub’s name is a nod to the history of Fleetwood. The heritage-rich neighbourhood was named after Lance Corporal Arthur Thomas Fleetwood, who served in France with the 47th Canadian Infantry Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and died there of battle wounds in 1917. His sister Edith Francis applied to the provincial government for a charter to name her community after her brother. In Fleetwood Community Centre Plaza, a life-size bronze sculpture can be found. The sculpture, by self-taught artist Nathan Scott, portrays and honours Lance Corporal Fleetwood.
The establishment itself combines the building’s heritage with everything you’d want in a modern pub experience. The interior has been completely remodelled, but the iconic exterior chimney and the original interior fireplace remain.
As far as food and drinks go, you won’t be disappointed. Edith + Arthur boasts a dozen beers on tap, 25 craft brews to choose from and an impressive liquor selection. The menu is brimming with classic pub offerings prepared from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Customer favourites include the chicken and waffle sandwich, the tequila lime chicken salad and the tasty breakfast menu that’s so affordable you’ll think you read the menu wrong!
After you’ve filled your belly, there’s more than one reason to stick around, whether it’s to play a boardgame or watch sports on the big screen. If you’re looking for a home away from home, then look no further. Edith + Arthur is one neighbourhood pub sure to be a community staple for years to come.