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About 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.

2228 Oak Bay Avenue
Victoria, BC V8R 1G5
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
English, British

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Sunday, Monday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Hampshire and Monterey

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(250) 370-9008

Website:
http://www.pennyfarthingpub.com/

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.

Public Transit:
There are regular scheduled buses that travel down Oak Bay Ave.

Executive Chef:
Kevin Tahouney

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Penny Farthing Pub Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.7

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (178)
Good for Groups (83)
Great for Lunch (66)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (42)
Special Occasion (38)
Fit for Foodies (37)
Hot Spot (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Late-night Find (18)
Casual (12)
Great Beer (11)
Romantic (11)
Kid-friendly (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for a Date (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (3)
Fun (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Outstanding Value (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 14, 2016

Sign inside the door said seat yourself, but because we had reserved with Open Table we went to the bar to inquire about our reservation....a young lady said she would take a look around and be back for us. She seated us in a dark back corner that was crowded with tables and chairs, we had to move furniture around to be able to sit! We should have seated ourselves as there were several tables we passed by that were much nicer than this one. The ladies beside us said they had been there for 3 hours already and were waiting for their bill. The service was slow, when the meals came they were small & not very well presented....the Sherpherds Pie was served right in the oblong pan it was cooked in, which was fine, but the plate it was put on was not much bigger than it so seemed very small; it was more mashed potatoes than anything else. The Chicken Pot Pie came on a large plate but looked lonely, just the pot pie in a footed bowl with a blob of mashed potatoes a few inches away on the plate, then a couple of slices of carrots on top of the mashed. Both dishes had a similar flavour...the Shepherds Pie did have a large piece of a bay leaf in it, that may have been the common flavour. By the time the second glass of wine came around we were done our meal and ready to go, so was not an enjoyable drink! Got very busy just after we arrived, very noisy and crowded!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Food Is generally okay but pricey and small portions. My friend ordered steamed mussels for $18 and only received four. Read the wine list carefully; wine can be $18 a glass. Good atmosphere and well decorated. Table server was great; accommodating and fast, friendly service

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 7, 2016

We had a very enjoyable evening, with delicious food in a cosy booth. The only complaint we have is that there was a draught coming from the fireplace and apparently the fire cannot be lit. Suggest covering it up as it was a bit cool for people on the end seats.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Penny Farthing is a classic British pub located in the heart of Oak Bay. The food is generally good and the service is remarkable given how busy the restaurant is. Make reservations if you want to get in on a weekend. The restaurant fills up quickly even at an early hour.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Sports
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 1, 2016

Went for a pint with a couple friends Nov 1st and the interior was wonderful. Like a traditional English pub, complete with personal touches and all. The server, despite being the only one there that afternoon/evening, was talkative, kind, and accommodating. The atmosphere was great, beer was fantastic, they also had an excellent selection of scotch I wanted to get into but my friends called it in for the night before i had s chance to.

Definitely a place I want to revisit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2016

We had a fun evening!! , the only complaint was we ordered a drink before 6pm but the order did not go in till after 6pm so we did not get the HH discount. The server was friendly and helpful, we would definitely go back again.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Pub did not honour the reservation, we a table of 6 cramped at seated 15 minutes late at a table for 4. We were told they don't honour reservations taken after 4 because "No one checks the reservation system" which was really a poor excuse. We were sat facing the Beer Menu and we tried to order 5 different beers only to be told they were out of them all and "we don't have time to change the menu" over all a really poor experience, food wasn't great and very priced, terrible ceaser salad - costs $2 extra and there is less to it than the regular green salad. Wont go back and will not recommend to others

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Service is generally good here. Food is uneven. Some dishes are good. Others not. You need to know what to order. The steak and frites are always good. We like the Penny Farthing as it is our neighbourhood pub and a good destination for a casual dinner.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Friendly, professional service - great menu and food and drinks. Wish the WC was not in the basement though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 16, 2016

We had a large group, but were shoved in the corner right next to the live band. The speaker luckily wasn't too loud, but still distracting. The food was expensive for what we got and half of the food came out late.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 9, 2016

We have found the food at the Penny Farthing previously to be poor (we haven't been for a period of time). But, the last two occasions we've been there, we've had the steak and frites which have been great! I don't know whether the quality of the food in general has improved or whether we've stumbled on a dish that they do well. I guess we'll have to go and try something else to see.

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 (London)·Dined on July 8, 2016

The venue was laid out like a traditional English pub. The food was served timely but it took ages to get a menu

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Normally we find the food to be less than good. But, to our surprise the steak and frites to be excellent!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 1, 2016

Having tried to find a local place with really delicious meals for the value, and a comfortable location to meet and dine with friends, we have decided that Penny Farthing is our "local".

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 23, 2016

Excellent pub food. Really good and friendly service no complaints except its really noisy and hard to hold a conversation over the music. Albeit I enjoy Paul O'Brien and his family's music.
The salad niciose was one of the best I've had in Canada!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 17, 2016

My Vancouver visitors really enjoyed the architecture, décor & 'old English pub' styling. The fish was delicious -deep fried & grilled. One friend said "The best I have tasted in a long while!" (He is son of a fisherman with some experience himself.) I was their guest so can not comment on bill or food/cost value. Conversation was possible for us upstairs. I doubt it on main floor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 27, 2016

We have always enjoyed eating here in the past on our visits to Victoria. This time we were a bit disappointed. The food quality seems to have changed since our last visit. I'm not sure if there are new owners or what, but my lamb burger was not how I remember it. The fish and chips were also not quite as we remembered it. Not sure if we will visit again or give them another try on our next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Having my 50th birthday party on the back patio was great. We were able to make a bit of a ruckus without disturbing too many family dinners.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 13, 2016

A notch above regular pub fare, in a pleasant location and building. A good variety of beers and helpful servers.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Had a pre-mother's day dinner here. Although not 'kid friendly' could bring the whole family (to 9PM). A nice location with a good mix of menu choices for everyone. The food was all excellent and you can get the fancier menu choices all the way to the Mac and Cheese. This really helps when bringing a group and was the #1 reason I picked the Penny Farthing. I'm also a fan of their Charcuterie boards which is a little different from what you find elsewhere and makes a conversation-inducing starter.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 31, 2016

My girl friends and I have been trying to find a local restaurant which provides good food and drinks - and a nice place in to share our time. Penny Farthing is perfect...walkable for some of us and a convenient drive for others.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 26, 2016

There was a live performance and it was way too loud. We couldn't hear each other talk.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 19, 2016

When we travel to Victoria we always make a point of having lunch at Penny Farthing Pub in Oak Bay. The food, the service, the ambiance, the value, and the overall experience are all top notch. We recommend it to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 12, 2016

The food was very good. Charcuterie served on a very nice wooden board, cross section of a tree.
Only challenge that the drinks were slow to come. We were a party of 20, sat in the back room of the pub, which was expected. Nice place, just drinks a little slow to arrive.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 24, 2016

Had the dine around experience and it was great. Good choices, proportions (couldn't eat desert so took them home
Favorites here are best chicken pot pie, notable Mac & Cheese and wonderful staff ESP Grace.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 18, 2016

We have been to the Penny Farthing many times and always have had the worst service. Waitresses forget to bring plates, napkins, cutlery and we have had to get up and ask for these.

Not that this is bad enough, there never seems to be an apology. I think its the work culture there - the waitresses are almost exclusively like this. No attention to details. Not taking proper care of the customers.

However, we go there as it is the only late night spot in Oak Bay. If there was another place we sure would be happy not to have to patronize the Penny Farthing!

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Good food. Great atmosphere. British pub in Victoria. Beef roast was excellent

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Pub food, pub noise, pub service. If that's what you are looking for, this is the place. If not, there's a couple places right next door that look much more subdued.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 1, 2016

We had a most enjoyable time having an excellent fish and chip dinner and visiting with our friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 29, 2016

Had a great evening, good food, good wine, good live music! Will definitely go again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 16, 2015

The service was great and efficient and the food was so so good! It is definetly a gem out in Oak Bay. We will be hosting and engagment part there!! Would recommend to everyone!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 8, 2015

I was sorry for our waitress who friendly as she was, just wasn't able to make there difference.
The fare took more than one hour to reach our table. My daughter and I were no longer hungry at that stage. There was a salve of 8 that had ordered around 30 mins after we did and had their food pronto.

The insult to injury part (yes I realise I am complaining) is that the waitress sent mixed messages as to what the management were willing to do about the meal in terms of charge. Some sort of message of negotiation was happening and it was unclear as to their position. We were to pay the higher cost plate and get the salad on the house. In my opinion this was bad management. At the point we were advised of the mix up (after about 30 mins) this would have been ok, however, to wait more than 30 minutes longer was a joke! The meal should have been free. I tested the management be accepting their deal, and they should have sent a clear message that the meal was on the house. I asked them for a dessert and informed them that their action was lame and ineffectual.

On top of the wait, the beet salad was not the same as usual and was bitter. The lamb burger was overcooked, and the 'on-the-house' chocolate creme brûlée's consistency was runny and more like a mousse.

All in all this experience left a bad taste in my mouth, and it will be a while till I open my mind enough to return...

Poor decision making and bad service despite the waitresses clear efforts to keep in together (thanks for that)!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 12, 2015

This pub reminds me of a pub in London, England. Pub menu, lots of local and import taps of beer. Service was good despite large party reservation by a group.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 14, 2015

We arrived at the restaurant and no one seemed to know where our table was despite having made reservations. We were lead upstairs at the first table where everyone passed by us on their way in or out and next to the servers station. We had a waitress who was either having a really bad day or was someone who should never be working with people. She complained about how busy she was and when I ordered a second beer she slammed the glass down in front of me and our table then realized she was not to be taken lightly. We finished up left a nice tip but will NEVER return to that establishment again nor will we ever recommend it to anyone. You need to get new serving staff; that "lady" wouldn't work for me for 30 minutes if I was in charge. Terribly disappointing evening.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 16, 2015

PF is a pub. This is not a place to go if you want conversation. The food really was abysmal, and has been for a long time. The flatbread was tough and tasteless. My companions said similar things about their meals. The service was terrible the night we were there. Although our server was friendly, she forgot about us a couple of times, meaning long waits in between orders for food, drinks and desserts. This is a pub. Go for drinks and appetizers, not a meal or conversation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2015

The best!!! Great spot to meet up with friends after work. Awesome menu and beer list.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 4, 2015

service was good, as was food, but what we discovered was a new menu (different from what was posted on line) was not what I would refer to as classic pub food .

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 28, 2014

The Fish & Chips comes served on mashed peas - would recommend that you ask for the peas in a side dish as it makes the bottom of the fish soggy. Other than the soggy underside of the fish it was good.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 12, 2014

You take reservations for the good booth seats on a Friday night for me and my best High School friends!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 12, 2014

I frequent this establishment when I have to stay in town in the evening, about once a week. Normally I only have their soup(s) which are fabulous (never too salty and the cream soups are made with cream and not fillers such as flour and corn starch) but this weekend we took friends there and we all had a fabulous dining experience. My husband ordered the cod fish and chips; he is normally very hard to please, having ordered fish and chips world-wide, including England, but he found these to be excellent. I had the lamb burger with seafood chowder, equally delicious. What impressed me most were the generous sized condiments (salsa, sour cream and guacamole) that came with the nachos that our friends shared. Usually you have to order more of the "dinky" little containers that most establishments use. Most everything is made from scratch and much sourced locally. You will find "gourmet pub food here". They also have a good variety of ciders on tap; we are cider lovers. The servers are always pleasant and efficient. We must try their Sunday night prime rib special. Also, they have daily specials and free wi-fi.....yes, I do get some work done when I go by myself : )

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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