The Original Gahan House in Charlottetown

The original Gahan House is on Sydney Street in downtown Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. I’ve eaten here on many occasions and must say it is one of my favourite pubs on the Island!
To start, I love the building. The Pub and Brewery are in an old brick stone house and because of this location, I love the atmosphere. There are different rooms, although it is all opened up now. To see their menu, click here.

Pictures of the Outside of the Pub

Pictures of the Inside of the Pub

History of the Gahan House on the Top of the Menu
History of The Gahan House

Having eaten here several times, I’ve been able to try some different menu items and have a few favourites. I don’t remember any particularly ‘bad’ meal, but there may have been a time when something was only just ok.
One of these times involved my favourite dessert, the chocolate brownie with ice cream. It is so delicious! They heat a chocolate brownie and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. My son and I like to share this dessert as it’s quite a generous sized helping.

Last summer, while on vacation with my mom and two aunts, we enjoyed a great meal at The Gahan House. (You can read more about this PEI road trip here for part 1, and here for part 2). I convinced an aunt to share this dessert with me. When the server delivered the brownie to our table, I was surprised, as the presentation had changed, and NOT for the better.
The usual presentation was on a white oval plate, a hot square brownie (cut in half on the diagonal), in the middle with a scoop of ice cream on one end, and whipped cream on the other. Chocolate sauce lightly drizzled over the brownie (or some close variation of this).

What came this day was completely different.

It was still a hot square brownie, but in a smaller iron skillet, with whipped cream. There was no ice cream. Or maybe there was ice cream. Hard to know since it was all in the skillet that they used to heat the brownie… I think you can see where this is going. By the time it got to us, it was a disaster. A melted pile of goop.
I didn’t know what to say. I asked the server if this was the right dessert. Apparently, it was, but the presentation had changed. I’m not an overly picky person and don’t usually complain about trivial things. This time I did ask for it to be brought back on a plate, with unmelted ice cream. I also asked the server to pass along a message to the powers that be, to stick to what worked.

The Warm Chocolate Brownie… second time around. Yum!

Warm Chocolate Brownie Dessert

I can’t wait to get back to try it again…fingers crossed they gave up the skillet!

We’ve always had good service here and really enjoy the meals and visits. There is an on-site brewery (in the basement), so if beer is your thing, they have great options.

My favourites include the brown bag fish and chips, nachos, and the burrito bowl (which I actually had at the Moncton location). My son loves their chicken tacos!

Overall Thoughts

Overall, the place is great, and a local favourite. During busy times expect a wait. They have a good system and can text you when your table is ready. This is a nice feature if the wait is longer, so you can go for a walk.

On a nice day, the outdoor patio is lovely, and in the evenings the lights strung across the road are pretty.

I definitely give The Gahan House a thumbs up. Even if everything wasn’t perfect, I’ve never walked away feeling like I wasted my money. They have a good menu with plenty of options and I enjoy the location. I hope you get the chance to eat here in the future!


The Gahan House In Charlottetown, PEI — 7 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed the brown bag fish and chips . They serve a delicious aioli sauce with it. I would definitely recommend it . And I can’t wait to go again.

  2. Watching Anne with an e right now. This caught my eye right away. I want to go to PEI so badly. Is there a good time to go? Better oysters? I know it gets cold. We can’t go away anywhere for a while but I’d love to drive. We live in Atlanta. Maybe if this pandemic ever gets better at all we could fly to Boston and rent a car and drive. Who knows, it all sounds like a dream to us now.

    • Hi Linda, I’ve watched a few episodes of Anne with an E, and it’s good… but Megan Follows will always be Anne to me 🙂 Oyster season I believe, runs May through July, then September through November. I’m also guessing it’s about a 10 hour drive from Boston to Charlottetown.. so very do-able, when the borders are open again! Summer is your best time to visit, as far as weather goes, but it’s also the busiest 🙂 Winter is not fun on the island… I’ve been and don’t recommend it.

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