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The Penny Farthing Olde English Pub

$$ - $$$, British,
2228 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1G5, Canada
+1 250-370-9008
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good42%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2228 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1G5, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We walked here from our hotel and decided to try it. The restaurant is darling and feels like a true pub. It was seat yourself. We sat for a good 15+ minutes before someone came by, although the waitstaff made many eye contacts with me...More

Thank Mary J
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a well known place in Victoria, part of the English Pub "kit" that includes the Bard and Banker and the Irish Times in downtown Victoria. They all have a nice friendly atmosphere but a recent visit to the Penny Farthing was disappointing for...More

Thank Mabes_PNW
Reviewed 1 week ago

This English style pub has a welcoming atmosphere and an interesting laid back décor, including the antique bicycle from which it takes its name. We went for drinks on a mid week evening. They had a good selection of local brew as well as international...More

Thank GoinThere2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a basic pub. Cute setting,however slow service. Happy hour menu is limited. A quick drink seemed to take forever...Nothing special here.

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This used to be a great English style pub with great pub grub. Now they have dropped some of the classic pub fare for a more varied menu. If this was done to attract a wider range of patrons, it isn't working. On a beautifully...More

Thank BeaconHillBarb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to the "Penny" several times now and it is consistently very good. My go-to dish is the Shepard's Pie (made with lamb). The atmosphere is very good and the staff are friendly and efficient. This establishment is becoming our favorite pub to...More

Thank HK_Bun
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Interesting that it was not busy. Cute place, low lighting. Food was great. Beer was smooth going down and we had a fun time with friends. Don't forget to look up and see the Penny Farthing as you come in the front door.

Thank TracynBJ3
Reviewed 4 August 2017

We were referred to the restaurant by the B&B that we were staying at, and expected a great experience. The restaurant was well done from the exterior. Great. And then it all fell apart. They had a sign up telling us to seat ourselves. We...More

Thank ImPipoca7
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

This pub is in the heart of Oak Harbour and pretty busy for a weekday evening. We ordered traditional pub fare, bangers and mash and shepherds pie. The food was a little different from what we were expecting and the shepherds pie was a smaller...More

Thank thealexpopes
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Was here for a beer an a lunch with a friend last week. He had the usual Shepherds Pie and I tried a prawn salad which was new on the menu. Shepherds Pie is unchanged but I still think the portion could be bigger for...More

Thank Jazzaferri
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Chris L
11 July 2017|
Response from b4i4gt | Reviewed this property |
Walking distance east bound and down to Beach drive.where you can stroll either south to Oak Bay Marina or turn north ..and then a short walk to wonderful Willows Beach
John N
2 February 2016|
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Response from ARJACT | Reviewed this property |
Not on the menu when we were there. They do have daily lunch and dinner specials so, you may see it as a special.
22 November 2015|
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Response from ARJACT | Reviewed this property |
The menu and wine list don't change. You can call and ask about specials or look on line..
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$16
Bar, British, Pub, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2228 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, British Columbia V8R 1G5, Canada
    (Hampshire and Monterey)
  • Public Transportation: There are regular scheduled buses that travel down Oak Bay Ave.
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Victoria
  • Phone Number: +1 250-370-9008
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