WELCOME to The Olde Angel Inn!

 OPEN for Take-Out, Patio Dining, and Inside Dining

11am to 12am Sun - Thurs
11am to 1am Fri & Sat




The Olde Angel Inn was established in 1789 and rebuilt in 1815 after the War of 1812.

Great food, historic accommodations and good friends await you here at Ontario's oldest operating inn. Established in 1789 and rebuilt in 1815 after the War of 1812, The Olde Angel Inn is a perennial favourite among locals and tourists alike.

Boasting a lively English-style pub, quaint dining room and private function room (familiarily known as the "Snug"), as well as 5 fabulous guest bedrooms, The Olde Angel Inn is decorated in olde world decor, including three cosy gas fireplaces, one in each of our three dining areas.

Please come and enjoy our hearty food, great rooms and endless hospitality. Who knows, you may even have a run-in with our resident ghost - Captain Colin Swayze.

The Olde Angel Inn is open 7 days a week, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. 364 days a year, (Closed Christmas) 

Front Desk in the Lobby is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please remember to order Gift Certificates today to give to family and friends for all those special occasions.  We can mail these to you and there is no expiry date.  They can be used to pay for accommodations, dining, drinks in the pub and our famous Angel wear - T-shirts, Golf shirts and Sweatshirts. 


Step through our doors and back into history. The Olde Angel Inn's rooms, with exposed hand-hewn beams and thick plank floors laid in 1815, still echo to the sounds of the British soldiers and townsfolk who, two centuries ago, gathered here for food and drink. Small but unique, the Inn is believed to have been founded as The Harmonious Coach House on land granted to the deputy surveyor-general around 1789. The town was then called Newark and was destined to become the first Capital of Upper Canada. Records from this time are sketchy but it is known that in 1793, the new Assembly passed an act outlawing slavery, the first such law enacted anywhere in the world. It is believed that the legislators celebrated the event over dinner at the Inn that evening.

The Inn is thought to have hosted such historical figures such as John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor; Alexander Mackenzie, the explorer; Prince Edward, the father of the future Queen Victoria; and Thomas Moore, the Irish National Poet.

The Inn was badly burned during the War of 1812-14. It was rebuilt by John Ross in 1815, who named it the Angel Inn, in a tender reference to his wife.

In 1826, Richard Howard bought the Inn, and also operated the Promenade House or Howard's Hotel just down the street. John Fraser purchased the Angel in 1845, and it was known as Mansion House, then Fraser's Hotel until reverting back to its earlier name of the Angel Inn.

On occasion, the Inn served as a "billet " for British Officers on Colonial Duty.

Today, visitors can still experience some of the community's history as a garrison town. Old Fort George built by the British between 1796 and 1800 (and reconstructed in 1940) is a national historic site.

In addition, the Historic Old Town boasts many fine examples of late 18th and early 19th Century architecture, providing the ideal setting for a walking tour.

Year after year, decade upon decade, guests and travellers have feasted and rested at the Inn. This tradition continues two centuries later.

Ghost Story

There is a popular local legend (that shows up in accounts dating to the 1820's) of an unfortunate Canadian militia officer who was killed at the Inn during the American invasion of May, 1813.

Captain Colin Swayze had delayed joining the British retreat in order to rendezvous with a young woman, believed to be his true love. Surprised by American soldiers sent to search the Inn, he hid in an empty barrel in the cellar. The invaders used bayonets to prod into every corner and possible place of concealment and the unlucky lover received a fatal wound. Some believe the Ghost of Captain Swayze is fated to walk the Inn at night, perhaps in longing for his sweetheart. There have been reports of noises coming from the empty(?) dining room, rearranged place settings, and other unexplained occurrences.

It is said that his ghost will remain harmless as long as the British flag flies over the Inn, a precaution prudently taken by the proprietor.


We are now taking bookings for 2020 for guests who wish to be involved in the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebrations.  Discover the historic events that made Canada a nation at www.1812niagaraonthelake.ca or www.discover1812.com and reserve your rooms today, and spend the night with
Captain Colin Swayze!



The Olde Angel Inn offers a choice of five guest rooms. Click below to learn more about our accommodations.

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General's Quarters
Sweetheart's Room
Captain's Room
Governor's Suite
Colonel's Suite




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Limited stock available!!  
T-shirts - $30.00  
Hoodies - $85.00
Ball Cap - $35.00
(plus H.S.T)


Pick some up today!


Diamond Award for Best Fish & Chips in Niagara!

Diamond Reader's Choice Award for the best Fish & Chips in Niagara!
Thank you for all those who have voted for us in the Niagara This Week Newspaper.

Come out and enjoy the best beer-battered fish & hand-cut fries you will ever taste!
Enjoy them with one of 24 beers on tap or 11 selections of wine!


Please click on the link below to access the camera situated on Sotheby's International Realty.
The camera shows a live view of Queen Street towards the Clock Tower.




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