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“Pre-ferry dinner” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crow & Gate Pub

Crow & Gate Pub
Ranked #5 of 320 Restaurants in Nanaimo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Canada
Level Contributor
50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pre-ferry dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stopped off here after this restaurant was recommended by the camp director Agnes after we dropped off our daughter at Camp Narnia near Parksville. It was fabulous. Great food and unique and lovely park-like setting among flowers, lawn, trees. The restaurant was so crowded that we shared a table with people, which turned out to be a great experience. We've had that kind of seating happen in Europe, and it is such a great way to get to know people and to share common ideas. We had a great time. I understand why they don't want people younger than 18 (maybe because they serve beer and wine), but the setting is outdoors (although you can grab a table inside the historic pub), and I would think that alcohol served this way would not be a problem. That was the only drawback for us, in that we realized we could not bring our daughter and her friend there post-Camp Narnia. Really good food, good portions, nice beer and wine list. And it was only about 15-20 minutes from the Departure Bay ferry terminal. In fact, one of our table mates led us there in her car, for she said the directions were a bit tricky. But mapping out this place first would have been easy.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank traveling-family-o-4
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English first
Qualicum Beach, Canada
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“The Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

Once you find this pub we think you will want to return again and again as we do. In the summer it is lovely to eat in the beautiful garden, in the winter, sit by the fire! You order at the bar and pick up your cutlery. Run a tab and then you can order drinks and dessert from your server later.
The food is divine! Seafood or traditional pub fare are good choices and save room for amazing desserts like trifle or raspberry blueberry pie in the summer.
The staff is friendly and the service is very good! The atmosphere is so lovely here people drive up from Victoria just for a meal!
If you like beautiful gardens, hearty pub fare and a old fashioned no screen atmosphere( like a traditional English pub) then this is the place for you!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Moonbeams7
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Victoria, BC Canada
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229 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Great Pub in a beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Went with a group for lunch and had a delicious meal. There were over 30 of us so we arrived early. They have a nice selection of items on the menu. We had been there before, so knew to go right up to one of the 2 serving stations to order. The menu is posted on a chalkboard, and you pay when you order, and then get your drinks and cutlery at that time. Even with a large group, they were able to handle the meals in a timely manner. We were seated at a table of 12, and a server delivered all our meals together. They have patio seating outside, which is lovely at this time of the year. Some of the meals we had were the Stilton & Leek quiche, Steak and Mushroom Pie, and the Beef Dip. The portions are generous, and we all were happy with our choice.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank snoopy647
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Corona del Mar, California
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Pretty place. Food just ok.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful grounds. Quite nice to eat outside (be sure to sit away from the pond where Mosquitos swarm, I left with SIX bites -___-). Food was just ok. Fried oysters and dinner salad with potato salad. Bread was stale. Order at the bar. Receive drinks straight away and good delivered to your table. Service friendly. I'd say stick to drinks (awesome selection of whiskey) and go elsewhere for dinner or lunch.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank BBCdM
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Canada
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Excellent all round experience :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Our friend brought us here while visiting the area and we had no idea how fabulous the experience would be. It was a warm evening so we sat outside. The gardens surrounding were spectacular and very well maintained which added to the ambiance. We felt like we were in the Victorian era with the buildings and cottages around us. The food was delicious and staff very pleasant. The whole evening was very enjoyable and we will definitely go again when in the area!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank doraCanada
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