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“An English Pub Worth Visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Crow & Gate Pub

Crow & Gate Pub
Ranked #4 of 321 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Vancouver, Canada
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“An English Pub Worth Visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2012

Naniamo, to me has always been the place where you get on or off the ferry, enroute to somewhere more exotic, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover the Crow & Gate Pub, approximately twenty minutes south of this once thriving logging village, now more of a retirement community than a coastal forestry port.
Stepping into the Crow & Gate is like stepping into an English countryside pub, with a Canadian twist, of course. On a rainy, Tuesday afternoon, the pub was crowded with mostly locals, always a good sign, feasting on a variety of upscale pub food. I ordered baked local oysters and really good crab cakes, washed down with a pint of Island lager.
Most intriguing? Look for the old wooden pegs fitted into the massive ceiling beams and if you can find one, extract it and you will find a message from a previous diner. Replace it with your own words – a fun distraction while sipping on a beer and waiting for your food to arrive.
I wished it hadn't been pouring buckets of rain, because the grounds are charming and there is plenty of outdoor seating in the well-kept gardens. The Crow & Gate is a worthwhile detour on your way to other island destinations or a perfect destination pup. You won't be disappointed!

  • Visited April 2012
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Vancouver
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Really British”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2012

Good and honest English food in a nice setting, great atmosphere.

Visited May 2011
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Chemainus, Canada
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Lives up to its rating.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2012

My wife and my parents went to the Crow and Gate and really enjoyed it. English style pub and the food was great. The grounds are amazing and will certainly warrant a visit in the summer. Well done!

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1 Thank VitaminandDolphin
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Nanaimo
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29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Old English”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

great food nice country location with English feel

Visited July 2011
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Thank cvera
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Vancover Island
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199 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Nice setting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2012 via mobile

This is a very english looking pub. I was very excited when we got here. The service was not very good. The menu was not very exciting, nor was the food. Not sure why so many people rave of this place, must be the setting, can't be the food

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