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“44 Varieties of Beer”
Review of Garrick's Head Pub

Garrick's Head Pub
Ranked #88 of 1,227 Restaurants in Victoria
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Located in Bastion Square, Garrick's Head Pub, established in 1867, doubled their space last year when they expanded into the space vacated by the clothing store, Breeze. The move to the Bastion Square gate on busy Government Street means higher visibility for one of Canada's longest running English pubs.

The additional space also means an increase in beer selections... they now carry 44 varieties, including 22 beers from local breweries.

Under strict orders from a friend of mine to visit the Vancouver Island Brewery, but unable to find the time, I settled for ordering their Piper's Pale Ale here. It had a nice caramel flavor with a fruity (pear?) aftertaste and nice carbonation. I could order a pitcher of it and be quite happy.

I found the server friendly and engaging without feeling pestered. Not being very hungry, I ordered a bowl of their seafood chowder, but didn't find it very good. There was an overabundance of fresh dill in it that overshadowed rather than enhanced the flavor of the seafood.

I would say this is a great place to relax with friends in an unpretentious, unhurried atmosphere and enjoy a pint or two, but don't order the chowder.

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Reviewed 1 February 2014

An excellent selection of beer (over 50 handles) and a menu with lots of variety make this our goto pub in downtown Victoria. We find the atmosphere in the back to be better than the front (it is quieter and retains more of the original character from when we first discovered it many years ago).

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

After a failed attempt at another Victoria establishment (The Guild) to enjoy a Christmas party we decided upon the the Garrick's Head Pub that understands the importance of customer service and keeping its clientele. The Christmas spirit flowed freely here - a wise choice of great service, good food and friends. We'll be back!

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Thank KDHN
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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Unfortunately for us, centrally located and easy to get to ....often...The waitress staff probably got tired of seeing us on our daily rounds. Trip wasn't meant to be a pub crawl but turned out that way. Pub expanded dramatically since our last visit but our favorite spot by the smoky old fireplace was still available. More drafts available than I can drink and a fair price. Food was very good but not over the top in taste. Really nice place to stop for an afternoon grog.

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Reviewed 6 December 2013

There was a slightly unpleasant smell as you walked through the door which disappeared as you walked through to the back. My veggie burger was overlooked and dry with hardly any tsatsiki promised on te menu. My companion had a beef burger which she was also disappointed with. The fries were however very good.
Despite it being a very cold night the waitress had to put out the fire as they were short of wood a d had to save supplies for te next day!!

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