The Penny Farthing Public House

Penny Farthing

Public House

Welcome to the

Penny Farthing

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 four fireplaces, rich dark wood, Victorian-etched glass doors and windows, a fascinating collection of memorabilia and a fabulous bar.

Visit us for a break or lunch. Drop by for drinks after work. Meet for a cozy dinner. Gather around the bar, in our Games Room or on the patio with the gang. The Penny offers you a true English pub experience, right here in Victoria, BC.

What is a Penny Farthing?

The Penny Farthing Pub takes its name from the innovative bicycle of the 1870's with an impossibly large front wheel coupled with a minuscule rear wheel. The immense height of the front wheel meant that the rider perched high above the street in order to both ride and control the bicycle.

The name of the bicycle comes from two low-value historical British coins: the penny, a large, heavy round coin, and a farthing (worth a quarter penny), a much smaller and lighter round coin. The silhouette of the penny-farthing bicycle has come to represent the whimsical ambience and adventurous, playful spirit of the late Victorian period and turn of the 19th century.