Without proper nourishment, stomachs rent out their pouch space to howling troops of invisible gnomes. Keep food cages safe with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of food and drinks at the Fernwood Inn, located on Gladstone Avenue.
Culling Victoria's ingredients and wild seafood, the Fernwood Inn bestows diners with locally sourced entrees and regional microbrews. Set off on a winding gastronomic excursion with the artisan cheese plate ($13) that hushes sassy-mouthed apricot anise bread with fresh fruit, fig chutney, toasted nuts, gorgonzola, triple-cream brie, and smoked cheddar, or entertain blasé buds with the polenta and prawn skillet ($13), an enticing blend of chorizo sausage, fresh goat cheese, watercress, and tomato. Savoury specialties such as the halibut avocado burger ($15.50), a pan-roasted filet that rests alongside lemon caper aioli, fresh avocado, lettuce, and onion seduces tongues into willing servitude, like a siren made of pure gold. Save room for the chocolate pate cake ($6.50) or do-se-do with one of the locally brewed nectars flowing from Fernwood's taps, the preferred meal companion for anyone who is thirsty or has a trunk for a mouth.
The Victoria Burger Blog reviewed the Fernwood Inn. Six TripAdvisors give the business an average of 3.5 owl eyes, four Yelpers give it an average of 3.5-stars, and 77 per cent of Urbanspooners like it.
The Fernwood Inn
Within a stately Tudor Revival building, The Fernwood Inn's kitchen sparks with creative energy as a team of chefs dedicated to the pursuit of inventive, locally sourced, and gastropub fare get to work chopping, sautéing and crisping. As servers glide across the dining room’s fir floors, aromatic tendrils from smoked meats and Asian-influenced seafood and soup dishes announce plates' arrival before they're even set down. As bites disappear between lips, oversized mirrors and wooden casks add a touch of casual elegance, and the outdoor patio enables much-underrated fresh air to get in on alfresco feeding frenzies during the warm-weather months. Gathering the community on select evenings, The Fernwood Inn hosts live musical performances as well as open mic nights frequented by young talent and juke boxes showing up on their reunion tours. Guests enjoy the large south-facing patio, as well as a special brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday.