17 Mile House is a rustic, laid-back pub located right inside the Sooke city limits. They serve up all your pub favorites including a good selection of beer, in an old English atmosphere.
I first stepped foot in the 17 Mile House in 1977. I used to work at Sooke Forest Products Sawmill and on the afternoon shift (5-1) the boss would let us off work ten minutes early so we could get last call (pre-arranged) at the 17-mile.
The place is unique and steepted in history. It cannot be compaired to any other pub. No keno or other gambling crap as found in many bars today, unique interior that has remained unchanged over the years save the expansion that took place in the late 1980's. Quite a lovely place in any season to enjoy a drink or a great meal (not just pub fare).
If you've never been here you must try it (before it is demolished and made into a cond tower)
We stopped here for lunch when my parents were visiting from Alberta. It reminds me of pubs we'd gone to in England -- rustic, low lighting, a few regulars, and lots of character. The seafood chowder was EXCELLENT and we all agreed that if we'd known it was so good we would have not ordered burgers and just had big bowls of it alone. The Guinness is well-poured -- probably the second best I've had in the Victoria area. My super burger was everything I wanted, and the other orders (two prawn burgers and a halibut burger) were hits. The only quibble I had was that my bun was a wee bit cold, but it was still fresh and held up nicely. I'll be back for sure.
As a bonus, the liquor store in the parking lot is very well-stocked and the owner was friendly and very helpful. It's nice to see wines you can't get at regular government liquor stores, and nothing beats fridges that actually keep the beer cold!
I've lived in Victoria since september '05 and haven't been overly impressed with the pub fare thus far, it's average at best. Having said that I managed to make it out to the 17 Mile pub a couple times and really enjoyed the atmosphere and found the food to be better than average.
If you're looking for a cool pub and don't mind heading a ways out of Victoria give it a go
This is a great little pub, historic old building with a nice cozy feel inside. Food is good pub fare, not flashy but good value. Service is friendly and prompt, very professional. I would take visitors to this pub, they would not be dissapointed. We had the prime rib special and it was cooked perfectly, and more than enough.
I have lived in the Victoria area since I was 6 months old, and from my earliest memories I remember the 17 Mile Pub building, then the 17 Mile interior once old enough to be allowed on the inside. I have absolutley great memories of a large group of friends, as teenagers, riding our motorcycles out on a glorious summer day to have lunch and just hang out! We could have ridden further, we could have stopped sooner, but it was the 17 Mile that was our destination, and to this day when I want to have a great adventure with a journey, meal and ambience combined, it is the 17 Mile where I choose to venture to. I could spend a whole day there, between the bar, meals, and then ending up the eve in the most quaint pool room winding down the day (and I HAVE done just that many a time). If you are looking to feel as comfortable as being catered to in your own living room, this is the place!!!
If it wasn't for a much needed bathroom break we would have missed this gem of a Pub. As an avid pub goer in Vancouver I know what I'm talking about. 17 miles from Victoria we stumbled apon a very quaint but very cool pub. We were going to stop for a quick bathroom break but ended up staying about 5 hours with a promise to Christy that we'd be back another day. And we did! About 1o minutes into our stay we were playing outdoor pool on their incredible deck sipping on a Guinness. We then had a great meal, (try their wonton prawns). we then threw some horseshoes before seating back in a hammick listening to a great cover band that started early evening. The bottom line, the place is fun and so are staff, its well worth the drive.