Garrick’s Head Pub

Written by on May 30, 2014 in I Eat Canada, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(garrickshead.com) – Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Garrick's Head Pub in Bastion Square

How I heard of this place: When we arrived at our hotel (The Bedford Regency), we were surprised to see that our stay included two CAD$25 gift cards for food at Garrick’s Head Pub. Our first meal would be courtesy of the gift and a short walk around the corner towards the start of Bastion Square.

Garrick's Head Pub Barrel

Type of cuisine: Nestled in Victoria’s beautiful and historic Bastion Square, Garrick’s Head Pub has been a local fixture since 1867, in the days when Judge Matthew Begbie presided over the local court house.  Simply put, we are one of the oldest English pubs in Canada and maintain Victoria’s largest selection of craft and import beers on tap. If you’re hungry, we offer traditional English pub fare in a bright and relaxing atmosphere.

Garrick's Head Pub Bar

Ambiance: Customers are welcome to linger around our wood-burning fireplace to warm away the cool days and nights. As of 2012, our newly expanded front room offers ample space for dining and socializing and in the warmer months, our outdoor patio seating, overlooking the square, is a fantastic spot to enjoy the sun and to watch the crowds go by.”

Garrick's Head Pub Dining

What I ordered: On our first visit, we shared a half size of Nachos (CAD$9) of fresh tri-coloured chips topped with sliced jalapeños, sliced black olives, green onions, diced tomatoes and three melted cheeses, served with salsa and sour cream,

Garrick's Head Pub Nachos

and the Down Under Burger (CAD$16.50), a house-made 7-ounce, 100% beef, charbroiled burger topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, fried egg, beets, pineapple, crisp leaf lettuce, fresh tomato, red onion and dill pickle. We substituted the fries for poutine (CAD$4.50)…when in Canada…

Garrick's Head Pub Down Under Burger

On a return visit, Sunday, 1 June 2014We returned to use our second CAD$25 voucher and selected the Caesar Salad (CAD$10.75) with Chicken Breast (CAD$5.25): fresh romaine, grated parmesan, bacon bits, croutons and a creamy Caesar dressing loaded with garlic, topped with Parmesan crisps,

Garrick's Head Pub Caesar Salad

and the full size Fettuccine Funghi (CAD$12.75): fettuccine in a wild mushroom and garlic cream sauce.

Garrick's Head Pub Fettuccine Funghi

What I loved: Of the two visits, my favorite meal was shared on Sunday with my husband – the creamy, crisp Caesar salad and the hearty, garlicky, abundant fettuccine fungi.

Why I loved it: Simple, ample and varied seating in a casual space; not to mention the large portions for such a reasonable price in such an historic establishment.

Cost: Average (CAD$11.25 – CAD$16.50 per entree)

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