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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.
Victoria, BC V8R 1G5
Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Sunday, Monday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
Hampshire and Monterey
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
There are regular scheduled buses that travel down Oak Bay Ave.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Penny Farthing Pub Ratings and Reviews
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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)!
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.
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.
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 : )
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