Penny Farthing Pub
Penny Farthing Pub

Penny Farthing Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pennyfarthingpub.com/
  • Phone: 250-370-9008
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Sunday, Monday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: English, British
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Tahouney
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hampshire and Monterey
  • Public Transit: There are regular scheduled buses that travel down Oak Bay Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We have four parking spaces in the back. Street parking is one hour from 9am-5pm, at which time you may park as long as you wish.
A word from Penny Farthing Pub
A warm welcome awaits you at The Penny Farthing Olde English Pub in the heart of Victoria's Oak Bay Village.
Here you'll discover fires crackling in three fireplaces...dark, rich wood... Victorian etched glass doors and windows... a fascinating collection of memorabilia... and a fabulous bar.
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Penny Farthing Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (4)vibrant bar scene (2)good for groups (2)fit for foodies (1)kid-friendly (1)special occasion (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Penny Farthing worth a visit
    New2city
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Although I have visited the City often and my Grandfather owned the Oak Bay Theatre in the 50's, this was my first visit to the Penny Farthing. Great find thanks to a friend's invite. Staff were welcoming and helpful in chosing an outstanding pale ale while I waited for friends. Food was great on 2 for 1 Fish and Chips night and the service was quick, friendly and professional. Although the upstairs can get a bit warmish it is a good choice for a group. A bit of a chore to get to the washroom on the basement level but they were clean and well stocked - often an oversight in a busy pub I find but not here. Good value for the money and I will certainly be back again now that I am here for good. I would recommend a reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Fish and Chips
    Toad
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Monday night 2 for 1 fish and chips are the real deal! We had one of the best Halibut F&C ever, great service too
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 57 reviews are from the Penny Farthing Pub reviews archive.
  • A deffiate 5 Star.
    Knight
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This is one of our Best Dinning Experiences we've had. As a tourist we look forward to trying new places. The Penny Farthing Pub is tops on our list. The decor looks so original. The food is awesome. The service is very professional & friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • small order
    grumpy
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Have eaten there many times on Monday for halibut. This time had to send the 2 pieces back because they were so small compared to all other times. When order returned I am sure it was cod not halibut. Did not return it because the 3 people (who had proper-sized halibut orders) were all finished and did not want delay departure even later.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pub that could do better
    LoveitVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We reserved with Open Table and, after being seated, received an e-mail that Penny Farthing had cancelled the reservation. The server didn't have any idea about how Open Table worked. The manager said, "That's how the system works." I've been an Open Table member for years so told her that's definitely not how the system works. We resolved it by my making another reservation and them checking me in properly (instead of hitting "cancel"!). We received our drinks promptly but waited another 30 minutes before our food order was taken. The food was OK. Burgers fell apart and were difficult to eat. This is an authentic English pub and could be so much more in a neighbourhood that values having a "local" but demands excellent food and service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not your ordinary food fare
    losroncheros
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Sooke Garden Club enjoyed our experience immensely. No one had a complaint. Friendly, energetic staff. Wonderful food. Had to ask for coffee and water refills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good beer and service
    Hunting4goodBreer
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Good beer list with rotating drafts. Lots of factory beer, but enough micros to keep a regular happy. Bar food is adequate. Staff and service is top notch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighbourhood Pub!
    Annmarie
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    "We love the cozy feel of this place. We definitely would return to try more dishes. The turkey club wrap was amazing and the daily soup special delicious. Vegetable salad with steak add on very delicious and satisfying Service was well-timed and friendly. A great time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Penny Farthing could be great...
    Scottee
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    As one of only 2 Pubs in Oak Bay the Penny Farthing gets it's fair share of customers just because they are the closest thing to home. I have been many times and had wonderful meals (one of the best Lamb plates ever) and average Pub fare other times. The servers are young and often forgetful depending on when you go and who you get. In general the busier they are the worse the service becomes. With the prices being what they are (over$8 for an imported Pint!) and a menu that isn't cheap, I guess I expect things to be a little bit more consistent. My best experience has been going in for an early Dinner and sticking with the specials which are different every day. If you drink locally brewed beer the prices are much more reasonable as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great neighborhood pub, casual,
    RickVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Great neighborhood pub, casual, relaxed atmosphere. Here for the Shepards Pie special this day, well prepared, tasty, little light on the fixins beyond the potato topping. Nice list of local and import beers to complement your meal. Great service, friendly. Worth another visit next time in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Penny...good and bad.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Great atmosphere and service, but a weak menu for women, who generally prefer lighter fare.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Quality
    normVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I ordered "Fish and Chips" and was very disappointed. the fish were 2 very small pieces and the batter very gouey all flour. basically the worst "fish N chips" ever.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were looking for a relaxed
    curlers
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    We were looking for a relaxed environment where our team could meet. Penny Farthing "fit the bill" perfectly. The menu was varied, the prices reasonable, the mood festive, the service friendly and each item of food was delicious and very well prepared. Thanks for a great evening experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a MUST STOP if in Victoria
    PLFANVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    WE always stop in for a pint and lunch .... Check our the booth with the fireplace! great food, superb service . enjoy it everytime!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pub
    Edith
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    This restaurant has excellent pub fare, with a different two for one special every day. The service is fast and friendly. The Penny farthing is one if the nicest places to have lunch in Oak Bay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Penny Farthing
    Penny
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    The Penny Farthing was a great place for my husbands birthday. We were a small group. Their was live music - not too noisy. there was a great bar menu. Great authentic ambiance - old English pub...the menu reflected it as well.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient Luncheon Location.
    Brandy
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    We were meeting friends who had appointments to follow and were thus favourably impressed with the service and food. Our server Brittany, was both pleasant, polite and efficient. A very nice young lady who contributed to our overall very positive impression of your establishment. Serving of wine could use a touch of experience. We look forward to our next visit. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favourite pub
    Anatolia
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    We discovered Penny Farthing Pub just by chance when we moved here many years ago and we have been dining/lunching there often ever since. The food has been consistently good and affordable. Found the service always pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid food, slow kitchen
    BradVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The food was average. The kitchen was extremely slow even at 8 pm in a nearly empty restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the prime rib
    GrammaGimli
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    The meat is very fatty comprising almost 1/3 of the portion. The gravy and the yorkshire pudding were tasty but the the rest of the dinner is unremarkable and disappointing and somewhat cold. The service is indifferent; friendly waitress but we had to ask for several things(horseradish, water) which did not occur to her to offer. The place has some charm but overall it was disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in a pub environment.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    Good food in a pub environment. Good selection of English and Irish beers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were three ladies and had
    Blaise
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    We were three ladies and had a beautiful, friendly server (Laura 22) who was very helpful identifying gluten-free menu items for one of my guests. They thoroughly enjoyed their lunch and we had a great time. However, I ordered the mac and cheese and it was very, very dry so I took it home half eaten and added melted cheese and it was delicious. I think there were just too many crumbs on it. Otherwise, the beer was wonderfully ice cold and the server kept coming back to see if everything was ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Panny Farthing Pub - Oak Bay, BC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The Penny Farthing pub is one of our favorites. It's more of an up-scale pub with great food and a great line up of draught beers. The atmosphere is great. It's a super place to meet up with friends for a drink and good food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great beer!
    foodexplorer
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    Very casual atmosphere, mostly older people but energetic, beer was fantastic!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pennyfarthing - a good place to eat
    Chowhound
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    We went to the Pennyfarthing for a casual dinner before heaing to the local theatre. We gave ourselves plenty of time because we had to drive to the theatre afterwards. I have been to the pub several times before, but this was the quietest it had been. Our experience there was pleasant. The food came in a reasonable amount of time, which left us plenty of time to enjoy it before we had to head out. My dinner companions tried the deep fried pickles (which sound horrible to me) and they loved them. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and said that they would have it again. Our dinner at the Pennyfarthing started our evening off in good style. That and a good play made for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    Carell
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    We always enjoy eating at the PF Pub but we don't go if we want a more notable food experience. It's close to home and reliable. Their Sunday roast is always great, although the price has recently gone up a lot and a course was taken away! Two of us had the shepherd pie which was delicious but a little on the dry side. Great pub atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service BLOWS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Abysmal service. Really, really abysmal service. I would never give this company my business ever again. Lesson learned. And that $6.95 Race Rocks is only $4.50 at my local pub.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the drive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    A wonderful place for a meal and a drink with friends. Good service, great food, reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a great time and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    We had a great time and the patio area was perfect for our birthday dinner, service was excellent Courtney L. was very attentive and polite! Thank you for the great evening :-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had the booth we had reservered,
    Toad
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    We had the booth we had reservered, the service was quick and efficiant. The Fish and chips orders arrived timely. The fish not as good as usual , not sure... maybe the batter was too heavy?? Thanks,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My first time at Penny Farthing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    My first time at Penny Farthing Pub. Surprisingly good food, orders were deliverd promptly, beer was pleasantly cool, not teeth-freezing as at most other establishments.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give your review a title (optional)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Try their lamb burger. It's outstanding. Great beer selection and atmosphere. My wife and I love this pub. We've been several times and taken many friends there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I reserved a table for 8,
    Toad
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    I reserved a table for 8, we had a fun evening. The service was quick and efficient, the food was good and well presented. Thanks,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The service was great. They
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    The service was great. They have great gluten free food choices and some vegetarian options. I defiantly recommend making reservations on the weekends as it is a busy place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We reserved a table on the
    Toad
    Dined on 11/26/2012
    We reserved a table on the main floor for four of us... they had reserved two tables for us!! one to accommadate a wheel chair and the other a booth, I thought this was very thoughtful, We opted for the booth, the service was quick and the food too, thanks
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • our interest in the penny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    our interest in the penny is due to their commitment to good music. the reno's since we were last there are great for us music lovers. the food is also of high standard and the prices will allow us to continue to return. our enjoyment was such that we will return very soon now and will again request seating by the band. the staff are also of high quality, making us feel very welcome and giving good service. a pleasure! thank-you penny!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In spite of a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/13/2012
    In spite of a reservation for the post lunch hour rush, as a group of six we were seated at a table too small to comfortably accommodate our group. The mood of the group was very jovial so it made being cramped bearable. The server was very personable and professional, however the food was only "so so" that day. I can't say I would instantly recommend but would return to try again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we like it there, it is good
    Toad
    Dined on 10/30/2012
    we like it there, it is good pub food and the specails are hard to beat,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Now this is a pub! Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/25/2012
    Now this is a pub! Great atmosphere, you'd think you were in England. We came to visit some friends and we had nice spot near a fireplace. Everyone enjoyed the fish and chips and moules frites, in fact the best mussels I've had in a long time. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/22/2012
    We were only in Victoria for a few hours so I did some online research before we got there. This place came highly recommended as an authentic pub so we gave it a try. I'm so glad we did. It is off the beaten path so it's more of a local spot than all of the other places that came up on the search, which I really liked. Food was great british style pub food. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. The place was pretty crowded but that only added to the great atmosphere. It was a great stop!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic