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A warm welcome awaits in the heart of Oak Bay. Enjoy a drink on our outdoor patio, at the bar, or by one of our 4 crackling fireplaces.
PRICE RANGE
US$7 - US$15
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Canadian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed October 7, 2022 via mobile

The only pub in Oak Bay and they know it. Talk about having a captive audience. They know that the locals will keep coming because it’s convenient and the beer list is adequate but save your money and eat dinner at home before you come....The menu is overpriced and the food is pathetic. My partners “Nashville hot chicken sandwich“ was anything but hot or spicy. When asked about the missing sauce they brought a ramekin of oil to the table and passed it off as hot sauce! When questioned further on this they explained that chilli oil is the secret Nashville hot sauce in their Nashville hot chicken sandwich! Like I said – pathetic. My fish and chips were among the saddest I’ve ever had. Minuscule piece of fish that was mostly batter. The fries might as well have been made from a cardboard box. Cold and flavorless. Did I mention the service?More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 3, 2022

We hadn't been back to the Penny Farthing after enjoying it so much about 4 years ago. This time it was Happy Hour---and the menu was very limited. Ordered a $10 Seafood Chowder and the 'happy hour' version of their Yorkies. The yorkies were so...small---and not as good as I remember them. Very thick dark gravy. This could be because the cooks are getting a break during that happy hour time....so everything is just sitting there. But the chowder was so good we ordered another one. Thick and flavourful. Nice combination of various fish, other seafood, and potato. Sat on the outdoor patio.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 30, 2022 via mobile

Very, very disappointed at the food at this place. I had $24 fish and chips. There was very little fish in the huge breaded over cooked two things I was served.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 22, 2022 via mobile

Was here for a business networking event with a group and it was great. Service was impeccable, food was great, very strong beer selection. Will be back.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022

Service was poor they were training a new bartender which was not being trained very well I still tipped him 18% as it was not his fault - poor training practices. I ordered a ceaser salad for $14 which was the worst salad I have...ever had had two bites and asked for the bill. I am a Oak Bay Resident and I will never go back to this pub or recommend itMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 31, 2022 via mobile

2 drinks , 1 chicken burger, 1 chicken sandwich $70. Not worth it, for subpar food. Chicken burger rivalled McChicken burger which I think is about $6. Thought I was at a sporting event paying $10 for a beer.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 30, 2022

This ha a really pleasant atmosphere and that is what keeps brining me back. There is ample seating in the heart of awesome Oak Bay and worth a visit- it is in line with a few of the pubs in downtown Victoria- it has the...same feel. The food is pretty good and prices high-average but what really got me on my last visit was the surprise 'mandatory' 18% tip for tables 5+. I have never heard of that for such a small group and to be honest, I know we don't have to pay that but it was presented in such a manner that it would have been socially awkward to make a fuss. I really felt as though the server was taking advantage of us. I'll go back but it left a pretty bad taste in my mouth- same with a few of my colleges. We don't mind paying a tip but we don't like to feel extorted into it.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 30, 2022

My good friend Geoff and I dropped into the pub today, being Thursday June 30th, for a, as in one (1), drink. We were fortunate enough to have Haley, perhaps like The Comet, as our server. Haley was a true professional....always kept in touch with...us....without being too over sales oriented .... if only all the servers for Food and Beverage were like Haley things would be so much better! Talking to a friend the other day we were saying, perhaps the only thing the USA, does well is service...More like Haley and we are in better hands....just saying....thanks. Will returnMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 5, 2022

Excellent, authentic English Pub in Oak Bay, Victoria. Great menu and excellent, friendly service. Highly recommend

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 5, 2022

We were encouraged to have lunch at The Penny Farthing and have the stuffed mini-Yorkshire appetizers. They did not disappoint! The hosts and servers were very friendly and attentive. A few doors down, go to the Rogers chocolate store and Ottavio's, an incredible Italian Bakers...& Deli. Be sure to get some gelato!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 11, 2022 via mobile

Booked the Penny Lane room for a private function; 20 family and friends. Staff were very helpful and professional in organising it. Food was very good and service was excellent. Would definitely use this again.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 11, 2022 via mobile

hello my foodies, this is an excellent place to stop and connect with friends. They have little hidden tables with fire places and other corners with TVs and noise barriers so your guests can really get in to the game. This pub has also a...dining room area and private rooms for social gatherings. We were in the private room for a 36 wedding anniversary which held about 35 to 40 people if needed, we had around 30. The food was on a side table and was never empty, always hot, fresh vegetables and different plates added as the evening carried on. The waitress were never really seen as they kept the drinks coming on time and dishes removed quickly and quietly. This pub would be a fantastic place for the cycling team to visit on oakbay route. cheers may your next pub run be pleasant. MMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed March 14, 2022

The two for one fandc is hugely popularfand for good reason. Two quite large pieces of fish (almost enough to share for 2 oldsters) and a mount of very tasty chips. Prices have gone up since our last visit several years ago - the regular...fandc now $24 for 2 pieces - but not too surprising I guess. Lively atmosphere...everyone letting their hair doow after years of covid restriction. If this promotional offering is designed to get you back into the puc another time..;.they sure have my attention. (I had the shepherds pie which was a huge serving too)More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 7, 2022 via mobile

We were in the area. What a pleasant place for a very nice lunch. On this day fish & chips were the special. We ordered and enjoyed. Great service. Excellent meal.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 3, 2022

My friend ordered the wings, which was a generous portion, and she said the flavour was perfect, but my burger was disappointing, despite the delicious bowl of fries it came with. I'll just say that I like my bun toasted. It felt like a mushy...mess. Taste was good overall. Service was friendly !More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Response from NancyS4913 | Property representative |
Hi, yes we are kid friendly, we can have kids in the PUB until 9pm! cheers Nancy
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Response from pencefn | Reviewed this property |
C$ 19 - further details of the menu on their web site.
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Response from RobM1 | Reviewed this property |
If you mean the inner Harbour in Victoria then the answer is no. However it is possible to walk to Willows beach in Oak Bay .
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The Penny Farthing Olde English Pub is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4