The warm, welcoming and friendly group at Oak Bay’s Penny Farthing Olde English Pub have made it a social meeting place and community centre since the first day it opened. Our three fireplaces provide a cozy focus for people to come together and enjoy good conversation, fantastic food and a great pint. We like to think of it as friends meeting around the hearth.
“There were two couples sitting a table apart and they got to chatting. They’d lived three houses apart for the past 11 years, but they had never talked until they came and sat in the pub, had a pint and a meal. They had a great time. That defines what a pub is: it’s a place to meet,” says publican Matt MacNeil.
Neighbours connect with neighbours. Visitors discover new friends. From young professionals or busy people in their middle years, to active seniors, everyone loves The Penny. We enjoy hearing your stories about what our fine pub means to the community.
Nestled along the coastline in the eastern reaches of Victoria is the quaint district of Oak Bay. Known for its upscale well-kept homes and gardens, whimsical Tudor-themed main shopping Village and British sensibilities, Oak Bay is jokingly said to exist “behind the Tweed Curtain.” The community’s annual Oak Bay Tea Party festival and parade is led by two fictitious characters, Mr. and Mrs. Tweedie in splendidly old fashioned British garb.
Winter Events in Oak Bay Village
The Annual Christmas Light up is a spectacular event. Lights go on at 4:55 the last Sunday of November, Santa is on hand with live entertainment and festivities.
The first Saturday in December is the night for the IEOA truck light convoy, trucks of all shapes and sizes are decorated in Christmas finery. The convoy goes through the village around 6:30.
Art openings occur regularly at local art galleries, the Avenue Gallery, Side Street Studio and Winchester Galleries. Check out a show then stop by afterward for a pint!
Lawn bowling is on every afternoon in the spring and summer (mid April to the end of September) 1:00-3:30PM, and Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7:00PM. Visitors who belong to a lawn bowling club (or have experience) are invited to drop by for a friendly game at 2190 Harlow Drive (off Carnarvon Park).
The Penny Farthing Pub is an active member in the local community. We are proud sponsors of the Castaways Rugby Team and Pigs Trotters Cricket Club. Come down every Tuesday in the spring and summer months to see the teams in full gear as they celebrate their win or drown their sorrows of their loss.