Canada > British Columbia > Victoria
paco (20) Regina, Saskatchewan | March 29, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Old architecture and an old feel to the place. Service was pretty good, the food was alright too albeit overpriced I thought for breakfast ($32 for two). Wide range of own beers on tap. Really nothing to write home about, I may go back if I’m in the area again and try the beers.
DuffMan (305) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | October 10, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Steeped in history, this place walks a fine line between charming and schlocky. Having stayed here, as a boutique hotel, it falls short. The rooms feel quite dated, the artwork on the walls seems like it was done by friends and family members, the amenities were lacking (no gym). As a brewpub, I thought it was great. Decent brews, upscale pubfare (lamb burger and duck pizza were both delicious), excellent service. I’ll base my rating on the brewpub.
ebmalon (22) Georgia | March 22, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 13/20
I always visit Swans when visiting Victoria. The atmosphere is great, very relaxing and enjoyable. Usually there is live music in the evenings. Buckerfield offers a good variety of beers most of which I have tried. Nothing really memorable (considering the high quality of brews that the NW has to offer). Very good bitter. Prices are high, but that’s to be expected. Good place to go for a session while in BC.
BrewDad (451) Olympia, Washington | October 1, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Buckerfields brewing was a neat place to visit on the top of the place was a hotel Swans and this was a neat old building. We stopped at the bar and had a few of the beers this was the night before the GCBF. We had a Coconut porter which could have used more of the famed Coconut but was still tasty never less. The Swans Oatmeal Stout was pure heaven and I was hoping to remember to bring some back to the states. The service was great and they talked the beers up quite a bit. The also told us of several other places to visit while in town that also had great beers. I think this was one of the best places to visit the Raspberry ale to finish off the night was actually very good and fruit. This is a must stop in Victoria.
beermagnet (15) Quebec | September 29, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
nice place, if you sit outside, in the ’patio’ the beer is good, and they have some evening great jazz band
Hoser (175) Cowtown, Alberta | July 12, 2009
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 11/20
Had a nice IPA here, the food was bad may go to drink again but I would pass on eating here.
turboespresso (25) Port Moody, British Columbia | July 9, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice historic hotel with character. Decent service. Selection comparable to most BC brewpubs. Food was decent. I got the impression that this was a bit of a cougar bar. Meow!
Goldorak (114) Montreal, Quebec | October 22, 2008
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting décor, to say the least. You feel almost in the lobby of an old art deco hotel. What really floored us was the large, looming painted portrait of Pierre-Elliott Trudeau not too far from the bar. With his haughty, condescending grin, I felt like he was staring straight at me, calling me a hotdog eater and telling to “foodoo-boodoo ma gang de tabarnak”. Honest to God, it really fazed me. At least at the few other pubs we poked in on our quickie tour of Victoria, we had Lizzie the second’s austere yet grandmotherly likeness welcoming us in. Thankfully we sat down at a table where I couldn’t see him, so it didn’t ruin it all for me. Other than that, the place was quite charming, along with the rest of the city for that matter. They were about to clear away our section to make room for the band, something not everyone likes in a brewpub, but I think it’s great. What else…I found it strange to have the toilets protected by a code lock, but it wasn’t the only pub I’ve been to on this trip that had this “feature”. Service was prompt and I got my sampler tray quickly. Selections ranged from uninspired to somewhat interesting, with nothing really catching my eye, save perhaps the Scottish ale that had interesting smokiness to it. It stood out from the rest, but I had better. Didn’t get to try any food either. But it was a fun place to visit in good company (certain former prime ministers excluded), if only for a few tasters.
Enniskillen (67) Salinas, California | July 9, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Went for lunch. Got the chowder and it had carrots in it which was weird but it was ok. Beer was pretty decent. Service was good.
presario (150) Stampede City, Alberta | September 10, 2007
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Went there for Friday lunch and Saturday breakfast. Busy both days. Service a tad slow as it was all over Victoria. Lots of beers though not too adventerous. Food was good.
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