‘Pub Lover’s Guide’ author visits Lord Amherst over weekend


By Joel Charron

Lord Amherst Public House welcomed a special visitor Saturday evening.

Bill Perrie, author of the best selling Pub Lover’s Guide series and founder and editor of The Pub Magazine stopped by the local establishment to promote his latest book “Ontario’s Hidden Gems: A Pub Lover’s Guide” in which Lord Amherst is featured.

“This is truly an honour to be mentioned in Bill’s book, especially knowing that we haven’t been open two years yet,” said Lord Amherst owner Anthony Mancini. “This is quite the accomplishment the staff and the pub itself.”

Perrie, who is originally from Dundee, Scotland and now resides in Stouffville, Ontario, said he was visiting a pub in Kingsville last year, when a patron suggested that he visit Lord Amherst.

“A lot of people were telling me I had to check this place out,” said Perrie. “I phoned up Anthony and told him that I would like come for a visit and check out his pub.”

A few days later, Perrie made the drive to Amherstburg.

“I absolutely fell in love with the place,” stated Perrie. “It’s a beautiful place with a great selection of beers on tap. The food is excellent and the locals are fun to interact with.”

Perrie also added that Amherstburg is in a part of Canada he has never had a chance to   visit.

“I’ve never been down this way before,” he said. “I love the history in this town.”

Perrie said the reason why he started the “Pub Lover’s Guide” series was to encourage travelers to go “off the beaten track” to discover “Ontario’s hidden gems” in some of the small towns in Canada.


Lord Amherst owner Anthony Mancini shares a pint with the author of the best selling Pub Lover’s Guide series, Bill Perrie.

“I have to entice people to get off the highway, go for a nice lunch and see some of the country that they wouldn’t usually see,” he said.

Perrie said he celebrated his 2,500th visit to a pub in February and estimates the number has grown over 2,800 now.

So what makes a good pub?

Having a nice bar with a wide selection of beers on tap certainly helps the case, however Perrie said it’s the customers that can put the pub over the top.

“It’s all about the people,” said Perrie. “You can spend a lot of money making the pub look nice but it’s the customers that liven up the atmosphere. People are the ones who make the pub’s.”

Perrie also added having a knowledgeable staff and a “hands-on owner” is also very important to a pub’s survival.

Perrie noted that local residents should “support your local pub,” however if you’re travelling one should “support someone else’s local pub.”

Mancini said being named in Perrie’s “Ontario’s Hidden Gems” gives him a feeling of validation.

“Having your vision appreciated by someone who travels the country visiting pubs is a great feeling,” he said.

Mancini added that this is what he envisioned Lord Amherst to be like when he was in the infant stages of planning but admits there were times when he didn’t think his vision would come to light.

“When you’re in the process of creating, sometimes doubts set in and you’re not sure if the contractors will be able to put your vision to reality,” he said. “But everything came together and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.”

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