Shhh, there is a Beer Gem in Carp

Do you know what lay behind that infamous smile of the Cheshire Cat? Well I do, he found a fantastic little spot brimming with craft beer and creative pub fare in Carp.

Oh yes, I said Carp as in Carp, Ontario. Never heard of it? Well, no surprise there as Carp is a tiny rural community west of Ottawa that boasts many unique amenities like a post office and a convenience store oh, and as I alluded to, a little grey stone church with a giant smiling cat a perch a sign indicating you have found The Cheshire Cat.

Full disclosure here, when our landlord recommended The Cheshire Cat as a ‘great little spot for beer’ my inner (and possibly outer) beer snob scoffed at the notion that out here in rural Ontario any sort of beer menu resembling greatness could be found.

Well, shut my mouth because this unassuming little church boasts a quality bottle and tap selection, accommodating servers who offer up samples to help you make up your mind, an informed bartender who can help with a pairing as well as an interesting food menu with gluten free options to keep my hubby content no less.

Beer Menu

I sampled the cask options on tap finally settling on a huge malt bomb from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. that paired nicely with my British style pub fare while my hubby tried out the Mongozo Pilsner with a gluten-free pot pie.



Clearly the locals are already well aware of this hidden gem in their midst since every night on my commute home the parking lot for The Cheshire Cat is literally packed with cars spilling out to line the road in front of the pub. While my Dad was visiting for the weekend we made reservations for a Monday night just to be sure we got a table.

Despite their general busyness we never felt rushed and it did not feel crowded inside, more like a cozy living room full of good company and good beer. On the weekends you can even enjoy live music. Can you really ask for more?



4 responses to “Shhh, there is a Beer Gem in Carp

  • Paul Hodgson

    Cask beer, craft beer, all available in the local church?

    Holy Carp!

    (Sorry Sara, I had to … )


  • Sara

    There is already wine in Church so beer was the next logical step! No apologies needed, I love some good wordplay as much as the next gal 😉

  • mikescraftbeer

    That’s really cool. Small towns sometimes have great little gems. When I was on a roadtrip in the Kootenays I stayed in Robson and had a great time at the Lions Head Smokehouse as they had 9 different BC craft beer on tap including a Howe Sound and Some Victoria beers.

  • canadianbeerblogger

    I’m glad to see the Cheshire Cat up and running again. When I lived in Kinburn (just up the road from Carp), I frequented it quite a few times a week until the fire took the Cat from me. I moved to India for work before the rebuild was complete. Looks like i’m going to have to pay a visit to my old stomping ground next time i’m home!

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