67 Quidi Vidi Village Road
It’s a low-profile bar, nestled away at in Quidi Vidi Village, far from the booming bass of George Street, but people who step into the Inn of Olde come away with good memories and new friends, according to owner/operator Linda Hennebury.
She opened the bar 32 years ago with her husband to supplement the income from their declining grocery store. Since then her husband has passed on, and Hennebury is now the bar’s only staff, multi-tasking as a manager, bartender, waitress, cook, and friend.
“Everyone becomes friends once they come in here,” she says. “No one’s a stranger anymore.”
The Inn of Olde is popular with tourists who hear of it through old-fashioned word of mouth according to Hennebury, who says she got her first computer just last winter.
People bring items from foreign lands to grace the walls. Hennebury says she has 1956 spoons on display, with a box more yet to be hung. She’s also gotten buttons, license plates, T shirts, and fishing memorabilia.
The bar has had some well-known visitors, including Jack Layton, Wayne Rostad, and Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, who plays Hennebury’s favourite character, Les Battersby.
“That was grand,” she says. “He had a feed of lobster. They can’t afford lobster over in England.”
And if people feel unbalanced after their drink, it might not be from the alcohol.
“I’m the only one that has a slanted bar,” says Hennebury. “If you’re a tall fella and I’m short, I can stand up on one end and look you right straight in the eye.”
— Shawn Hayward
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