Tonight in the rear-most room of the Pour House (Dupont at St George) I hosted a farewell with about 25 friends for a colleague stepping down from a church position.
I had always enjoyed both the atmosphere and food there (especially the peppercorn steak salad and the bbq chicken pizza); but this was the first "private" occasion I'd experienced.
It was a perfect location for a no-speech, low-key event which lasted from around 6:15 to 8:15 pm. We had a waiter assigned to us, who kept the drinks coming, and coordinated delivery in two relays of pre-ordered hors d'oeuvres, which everyone enjoyed. These were laid out on platters at a small buffet table against one wall towards the back of the room. Monday night didn't see the pub crowded, although they seem always to have good custom - the staff had put up some balloons at the entrance (a few stairs down) to our area -we weren't intruded on, and I doubt we would have been even had the rest of the pub been more heavily patronized. In other words it was demarcated and private in feeling even though pleasantly open to the general buzz and atmosphere of the pub.
The food items included -
Sausage rolls, tasted home made, with a curry dipping sauce
Meatballs in gravy with a peach mango chutney-like dip, sweet, firm but good
Roast beef sandwiches on sliced kaisers with horseradish - tender and just spicy enough
Deviled eggs, lightly curried - always a hit
Pork potstickers - good, messy in the setting, but much enjoyed
Bruschetta on garlic toast - you served yourself from the central pot of tomato mixture; the mixture was excellent, and the toasts tasty if a tad dry for my liking
Everyone had a good time - the hors d'oeuvres came in at $385 (12 platters).
The management, serving staff and food/drink quality of Pour House are all of a very good standard - recommend it highly.