Modern style English pub with good range of brews located in a mall on Fairfield Rd. not too far from Ross Bay Cemetry
On one of my Friday jaunts I thought I would try this well located pub.
Located at the end of the small shopping mall on Fairfield in Victoria, it looks the part from the outside. Walking in, I was greeted by a sign that said: "We are a pub - seat yourself" That's a good sassy start. I spied an excellent range of beers on tap at the bar but got to sample only one - as it's a working day you understand.
The menu seemed to have the usual range of pub type foods with prices maybe a dollar or 2 more that comparable pubs. I chose a seafood pasta which came quickly and was quite tasty. All in all, the service was friendly and efficient. My only beef was that the place looked a little too modern for my definition of a pub, but then maybe I am stuck in the 60's....
Good place worth a visit. There are large scren TVs all over the place that complement the very modern decor.
I've been here countless times since they turned this location from a family restaurant into a neighbourhood pub.
The Ross Bay pub is a recommendable good all-round pub. The decor is modern but friendly and it has a wide array of seating types from pub stools to booths to a more restaurant-like section. They have an outdoor section with a fireplace which is nice to sit in summertime. Servers are always friendly and professional from my experiences there.
The drink prices are very good and they always seem to have a good drink special, not some 25 cents off a pint "deal" that you get so much of in Victoria pubs. Pints are FULL SIZE and not sleeves, one of the greatest scams ever perpetrated on pub-goers you get at other places in Victoria.
At Ross Bay they list all their prices and sale items on a chalkboard and a lught sign outside the pub so it's easy to see what's on special, which is really nice. Sometimes we'll just be walking by, see something, and decide to pop in. Yes, the advertising works.
The menu is standard pub fare and I've been both pleased and disappointed eating there. The fish and chips one night were really good but the burgers on other nights were abysmal. The burgers are said to be home made but I've had both home made and generic freezer patties on my burgers ordered there. Overall, the food is good but average when comparing it to what you can get at other Victoria pubs.
One great perks about the pub is the great effort management makes for promotion. They always have something going on there, whether it be sing along rock bingo, draws for a quad, hockey playoff free drink games, etc. This pub attracts a diverse crowd and I've never seen any problems with rowdies here.
The only bad thing is the high number of barflies that seem to always congregate at one part of the bar and consume endless gallons of the cheap domestic draft. I dont mind seeing regulars at a pub but there seem to be a lot of locals who go there nightly and get drunk. The only other drawback at Ross Bay is there is no smoking area so smokers go right outside the front door to puff. So you might be walking through smoke to go in or you'll get wiffs of smoke at your table if you sit near the door as people go in and out.
I've visited this pub for their fish & chips special, which appeared to be pretty popular as the place was quite full. As the previous reviewer states, it's a newer-looking pub but has a decent atmosphere, if not a ton of character. The fish and chips was delicious though, and at a bargain price. I think it was a Thursday night (not positive). The beer on tap was delicious too - fresh and tasty. One night I was there, Phillips Brewing Co was handing out samples of a new beer - Blue Buck. It was quite good as well, and ordering it from the tap did not disappoint.
All in all, a fine place to stop by for fish and chips, assuming they're still running the special.