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#24 of 93 Bar in Victoria
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Local cuisine, Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
US$8 - US$16
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Bar, British, Pub, Canadian
Reservations, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed September 19, 2020

This place is always hopping and if we arrived before 5:30 pm I'm sure we would have gotten an outside table in front of the restaurant but we were outrun by minutes by another group on a sunny Monday evening! So we opted to go...to the back of the restaurant which is a sunny white brick room so we eventually sweated back there as it became a slow oven for us. Food is a bit pricey for what it was ($5 for a Phillips root beer!); the sizes were reminiscent of European portions (Ploughmans; Nicoise salad, which was good BTW). Service was slow and we waited well over 30 minutes for our food. Interestingly, the bus-girl wore a mask but our hostess and server did not. Clearly this pub has its locals and a great vibe but I wouldn't come here on an empty stomach. If you are yearning for that English pub vibe though and want to chat and drink without worrying about your volume, this is your go-to. Free street-parking and limited parking at back of building.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed September 13, 2020

Great English Pub on Oak Bay Ave. Stoped for Lunch and sat on the patio, you cant beat this location. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Highly recommend this pub.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 19, 2020

we had lunch on a sunday afternoon and chose to sit inside at the back on the main floor.... lots of natural sunlight and although we were inside, there are so many windows that you almost feel outside... i enjoyed the atmosphere and the servers...were really friendly and efficient. i ordered a flat bread pizza and had a drink.... the food was just ok - i would order something different next time but overall i enjoyed my visit to this pubMore

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed March 6, 2020

My wife and I visit Victoria and Oak Bay frequently. This is our go-to place for cozy, delicious, consistent, and authentic British-style pub atmosphere and food. My wife is Scottish, and it's like a taste of home for her. Any bad reviews on here in...my opinion would have to be outliers and exceptions to the rules. I love the fish and chips, as good as any I've ever had in Scotland or England, including the mushy peas. Scotch eggs are good too. I wish they would start serving jellied eels :)More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 26, 2020 via mobile

Classic English pub charm. Warm & cosy. Pub food was delicious, with the exception of the Niçoise salad (meh at best). Unfortunately the service was really slow. Meals for different people came out at different times, some things were lukewarm, struggled to get server’s attention......Anyway in spite of the service hiccups it was still an enjoyable experience and we will still likely be back another day. Kids are welcome in the back room only. Call ahead to reserve - they only have two high chairs.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 11, 2020

Nice atmosphere but the food disappointing at the price charged even for a pub. Butter chicken was brown meat, tiny quanity oif ric and chutney. A month ago this dish was somewhat better. The pasta special at $27 was disppointing.More

Date of visit: January 2020
NancyS4913, General Manager at The Penny Farthing Olde English Pub, responded to this reviewResponded January 29, 2020

Thank you fro taking the time to review the Penny Farthing. I have passed on your feedback regarding the butter chicken to the Chef. Normally it is a suburb dish but we missed the mark on your last visit. Pleas email me at nstewart@vicpubco.ca if...More

Reviewed January 10, 2020 via mobile

We had been here on a previous occasion and always wanted to return. Today we did. Arrived after lunch hour crowd. Tables available, no wait. Service was great, meals were perfect. Ambiance a bit Pub style but not really typical of most on this continent....Better than must pubs.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 31, 2019

Less touristy than the downtown options, this genuinely feels like a neighborhood pub. Located in the Oak Bay section of Victoria, the Penny Farthing serves up traditional pub fare and a wide variety of beers on tap. I had a salad, fries, and a beer....My wife indulged in the shepherd's pie. Both were filling, and quite credible. There are sections of this restaurant that are dark and filled with heavy wood furniture, but we sat in the back room, which had more windows and was still quite light late on a summer afternoon. So you have options - pick your ambience. Good food, good service, reasonable prices - all in all, a solid experience. I'd take this over many of the downtown restaurants near the harbor.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed December 10, 2019 via mobile

First time going to Penny in December - what a treat! Beautifully decorated and fires blazing. A warm cozy spot to have a bevvie and a good crack with friends and family. Food delicious and lots of it, service fast and friendly. Perfect👍

Date of visit: December 2019
NancyS4913, General Manager at The Penny Farthing Olde English Pub, responded to this reviewResponded December 13, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review Chris! We look forward to having you back soon.

Reviewed December 1, 2019

This is a beautiful pub. We shared fries and a margherita pizza. It is a great spot for a stop and a snack.

Date of visit: November 2019
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June 16, 2018|
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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
January 21, 2018|
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Response from pencefn | Reviewed this property |
C$ 19 - further details of the menu on their web site.
Chris L
July 10, 2017|
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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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