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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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 weeks 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 4 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 21 August 2017

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 21 August 2017

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
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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