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“excellent lunch” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Crow & Gate Pub

Crow & Gate Pub
2313 Yellow Point Road, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9X 1W5, Canada
250 722 3731
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Ranked #6 of 258 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Bloomington, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“excellent lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2010

Four of us went for lunch at the "Crow". Meal was excellent, especially the pan fried oysters. Get there early because there could be a line up to get in. Good selection of both local beer and beer from the Britain and Ireland. Great service and atmosphere. If the weather is good, seating outside is nice, but be sure to enjoy the indoor decor, especially by the large wood burning fireplace.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Burnaby, Canada
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“Very hard to find (this is good for us bad for you)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2010

It’s not on a TomTom, or Garmin GPS or a Honda navigation system. This is how it should be. The Crow and Gate is an amazing treasure. The location is handed down to its patrons from someone who knows its hiding spot. By the way, there are many who know this secret and it is almost always full of extremely happy patrons (especially if they can get a seat).

If you are so lucky to find it, be ready for the best British style pub in North America (definitely better than many in Britain – I’ve been to quite a few, from Orkney to Land’s End). Okay so, I haven’t been everywhere in NA but I’d challenge anyone to find a better authentic, British style pub.

The food is styled after the original (pre fryer) British fare. Most popular is probably Oyster Stew & Roll (always sold out - see photo). The oysters are brought in fresh, daily. Beef Dip, Steak and Mushroom, Stilton Ploughman are amongst my favourite. I often get the Scotch Egg Plate (could be my favourite).

Pints range from Vancouver Island’s best to the British Isle’s favourites (we particularly like Kilkenny)

The staff are very friendly and efficient.

I won’t say more, I’d like to keep this a secret. I will say that it is not in Ladysmith as Tripadvisor claims.

Enough said.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Simply the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

What an amazing place ...simple good food, great friendly service, an amazing place to go! Can't wait to go back! Try the farmers plate!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Edmonton, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Amazing pub and beautiful property”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

We were on a pottery hunting trip when one of the potters in Cedar told us that we absolutely had to have lunch at this pub. He was right!! We loved the food, the atmosphere, and garden.

We will be back!!!
Clayton from Edmonton

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nanaimo, Canada
Top Contributor
303 reviews 303 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 107 cities Reviews in 107 cities
410 helpful votes 410 helpful votes
“Great Pub, Beautiful Grounds, Excellent Food and Beers!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2010

The Crow and Gate Pub is an excellent destination in the Nanaimo area. Located about 20 minutes from Downtown Nanaimo, this is a pub you want to go to.

Set in a pastoral setting this authentic British Pub (apparently recreated from a pub in Surrey UK) offers it all. The atmosphere is brilliant, the food is consistently excellent and the selection of lagers, ales, stouts and ciders is great.

The pub has nice long tables, little nooks and a feeling like you're in England. The outside area though is our favourite. Lots of tables, picturesque grounds, hummingbird feeders. A really relaxing, enjoyable place to spend a few hours at in the summer time.

We recommend this pub to all.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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