The Fernwood Inn is a community gathering place committed to providing locally sourced organic products, wild seafood, and Victoria's best micro brews.
Went to the Fernwood Inn Friday night for a wee bite my first visit since the reno. Nice relaxed ambiance, the patio is a decent size and if we were wearing warmer clothing I am sure I could of convinced my friends to sit outside. The menu seems to be varied, the usual burgers, some tapas, fish and chips and bigger dishes like pasta. For me there is more than enough variety.
My halibut burger arrived promptly along with a nice side salad with their own raspberry vinagrette. Very good. The burger was lip smackin' good although my piece of halibut was a little on the small side, didn't need a big net to catch this one. The burger was more than enough however and tasty along with that nice salad. My friends enjoyed their wings and turkey burger made in house. Our server was good, didn't dazzle us but efficient enough. It's a great addition to an already funky little area of Victoria and we'll be back. My burger plus mineral water, had the large one at $6.50 ouch, was under $20.00
Not sure why this isn't classed as a pub - but it's a family type pub restauarnt albeit without a kids menu which would be a good idea. Nice ambience and a very good but limited menu of food items. It seems to have a full range of beers and a lovely little patio facing onto Fernwood.
I am told these are new owners who re-opend a the former George and Dragon. It always seems busy without being packed and reservations may be needed ta peak times. My "only" beef is that after half a dozen visist (showing I like it) I have tired of the limited selection and now rarely go.
Still -it's a good place with reasonable prices and nice ambience in the herat of Fernwood. Parking can be a problem around there as most of the streets say resident only although I have never had a parking ticket....
What can we say about The Fernwood Inn? Well first of all, it's my local - I always feel like a VIP when I come in here, whether it is just for a sneaky pint, impressing some out of town guests or out with my special girl. The food is par excellence when it comes to pub fare and I know that they make almost absolutely everything "Inn" house (LOL!). Definitely not your typical neighbourhood pub. I also love the vibe - it's really quite varied, from the well-heeled theatre crowd, to uni students, to yuppies, to hipsters to working class - you get everything there. Really the definition of community. In fact, I think I'll head over there right now for a sneaky pint! :)
Been going for years. Time to step it up here Fernwood Inn. After all, you do have the responsibility of residing in the square, in the heart of one of Vic's funkiest, creative, hip neighbourhoods.
Food has been good, and has just a few times changed, but needs some passion, creativity, and quality upgrading. I realise you dip into slightly...responsible and healthy menu/ingredient choices, but how about an entire commitment to ingredients that are local/organic/responsible/sustainable/healthy?? Really, to be the main establishment in Fernwood and not serving up wicked organic salads, local/sustainable seafood, island raised crap-free ethical happy meat, organic egg breakfast/brunches, and a good selection of local microbrews, spirits and wines...is fairly lame. Sorry. Step it up.
Ethical and healthy meat is an easy and big step. So are vegetables..especially around Fernwood.
Fernwood lager is an embarrassment. The rest of the selection is rather poor, with some of your main selections from Vancouver... and I dare to mention mass-produced molson/labatt beer?
Victoria is screaming with micro-brews these days.
C'mon guys, I want to frequent this great pub location, but will continue to visit not so often if you keep up the neutal effort.
I really like this pub. Its a little too far from home, and not the closest pub to call it my local, but I'd like it to be my local! Its great, the location in fernwood its great. The patio in the summertime is lovely and a great place to hangout for 2, or for a larger gathering. For a quiet, midday/afternoon beer with a friend its awesome. The service is pleasant, occasionally chatty, and they pay attention. The owners or upper management are present and engaged and on top of things, which is great to see. On a busy evening when the owners/upper management have been there they have always tried to accomodate the groups I'm with, no matter the size. The food is pretty good,but not awesome. I eat there when I go, but its not the main reason for my attendance. I go because I like it. The menu seems to have been the same for some time and needs a change, and the physical menu in your hands looks worn out. Its a good spot, and a nice place to hangout. I recommend this place.
We went here for a burger and beer while in Fernwood in early July 2009. I havent been here since it was the old George and Dragon.
First impressions are good at the Fernwood - it's clean, modern designed, and stylistic. We sat near the bar on a high table and had a nice view of the road and Fernwood square.
The burger we ordered, however, looked like a burnt golfball someone sat on. It was flat, falling apart, small, and burnt. And I mean not a little coloured but charred black. We sent it the burger back. However, instead of getting a whole new plate we just got another burger alone and had to make do with our now cold fries from the first order. Worst of all, the second burger we got was almost as badly burned. If this was a big fat 1/3 lb patty I could see why it'd need that much cooking. But it wasn't. The patty seemed like less than a quarter pound and something pressed to hell on the grill by a flipper by some junior cook with an ecoli phobia.
However, to be fair, the burger itself tested pretty good aside from the patty. Nice dressing on the bun.
OVERALL: nice pub, great renos, but ill-prepared food from what seems like a well-crafted menu. If they could get a decent cook to prepare the dishes, this place would be worth checking out.
Prior to going to the Belfry theatre a friend for 8 of us booked a tabke at the Fernwood Inn. This is my first time here, and I would never return. The quality of food was poor. My wife had to return her chicken strips with her salad as they were burnt. The waitress did not hesitate and took them, as she new that when she served them. She came with a bowl of more chicken which was better quality. My other friends orderd a Sangria drink. He informed the waitress that it was awful, and tasted like water with no proper mix. I had a steak sandwich which was passable, but overcooked. I observed our waitress sitting with friends eating french fries, as she was serving. Just before leaving the Inn the waitress turned over and smashed a number of glasses on the floor. The is was a bad experience, and was glad to get out of there. I must stay the deco. of the inn was pleasant. I noticed the place was busy which surprised me.