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Charles Dickens Pub

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
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2250 Beacon Ave, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1X1, Canada
+1 250-656-5042
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 02:00
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Parksville, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do not go here. I would rather eat a piece of gum I scraped off the sidewalk. Two things, I have never done until today, written a review and not left a tip. The server was rude and made no attempt to hide she was talking about me first to the kitchen staff and again to another waitress.. No apology... More 

Thank sheesh2017
Sean K, General Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review

I'm sorry you felt the food was unacceptable and normally I would not use this forum to rebut a review but I must take issue with your description of the events. The server took your first meal back to the kitchen because you would not accept it but would not provide a reason why and she only spoke with the... More 

Mill Bay, Canada
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89 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Received 20% discount because we stayed at the Travelodge next door. Good menu selection, great pub food.

Thank Sandie Y
Victoria, Canada
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We are new to Sidney and we're looking for a neighbourhood pub that we would enjoy stopping into for a drink, something to eat and feel comfortable in. This pub did all that. It has a cosy atomphere and a really great English pub feel to it. My husband and I ordered some appys, calamari and dry ribs, both were... More 

Thank Gracied1979
Osoyoos, Canada
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We were given a coupon for use at this pub while staying at the adjacent airport hotel. Not wanting to walk far afield in the rain, we ventured inside. We were warmly greeted and shown to a comfortable booth. Lovely English pub decor, with corresponding menu. The draft beers and ales were delicious, as was the seafood chowder. My steak... More 

Thank TravelLoversince52
Saint John, Canada
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We just wanted a warm meal. Our standards were pretty low. We were staying at the Travelodge which gave us a coupon for the Charles Dickens pub. Yes, we hesitated at the thought of going to a "pub" with a couple of babies, but the existence of a children's menu was actually mentioned on the coupon, so it really shouldn't... More 

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Sean K, Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review

From what I understand your service was not up to expectation and your food was not prepared to your liking. Those are issues that we should have done a better job with so please accept our sincerest apologies. What I find very troubling is the comment you overheard about the noise and on investigation we did identify a staff member... More 

Surrey, Canada
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner I had short ribs, they were very good. Garlic mashed potatoes for cold in the middle but the asparagus was perfect I then ordered a dessert Homemade apple pie The topping was burnt and the bottom crust was mush, but the flavouring on the apples was beautiful. It was obviously frozen and then reheated quickly in... More 

Thank HaroldWDelta
Sean K, Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us for dinner.Many customers find the short ribs that we serve the most unique and exiting item on the menu. Im glad you enjoyed them and hope you return to try some of our other great menu items. More 

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201 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

This Pub has been the same for many years dark wood and plenty of T.V.'s....parking is sometimes difficult......

Thank CapitanVictoria
Red Deer, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The best homemade food and drinks made to order. Service is also great with staff checking with you and working for their wage. A+ for customer service with delicious food as well.

Thank fishfrenzy W
Sean K, Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review

Thanks for the compliments and the high report card!We try our best to serve and please all and we are excited our great local beers combined with Chef Dena's homemade food continue to get great reviews from travelers and locals alike.Thanks again! More 

Dartmouth, Canada
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441 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

With a few hours to kill before catching a ferry to Vancouver, we decided to stop at the Charles Dickens Pub for a beer and a bite while we waited. Our waitress was obviously new, and had to make a few trips back to the bar to clarify some of our questions, but she was friendly and efficient. The beer... More 

Thank Art H
Sean K, Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in on your way to the ferry.We are glad you found our"Pub"pleasant,the appys tasty and our beer refreshingly cold.Hope to see you again on your next ferry wait. More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Food is fairly good! Overall the atmosphere is geared toward working class or the younger crowd on the weekend.

Thank Stef L
Sean K, Manager at Charles Dickens Pub, responded to this review

Thanks for your review.I used to say we cater ages from 19 to 90+ but now we are allowed minors in with families for dining so I say 0 to 90+.It depends what time of day the age range is and the atmosphere as we are open late on weekends.Please come in again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2250 Beacon Ave, Sidney, British Columbia V8L 1X1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Victoria Capital Regional District  >  Sidney
  • Phone Number: +1 250-656-5042

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?