Address: 7-1516 Fairfield Rd.
Phone: (250) 370-1152
Price: Less than $15 for most entrees
Notes: Solid menu, good specials and music bingo on Saturday nights.
I have been a fan of the Ross Bay Pub for ages now. It always had a good menu, the space is pretty cosy and the prices are pretty reasonable. Unlike some of the other pubs in town, the menu hits all of the proper pub menu points - burgers, pizza, classics and appies with a wide selection of craft beers. The one weird thing that we both noticed is that the menu itself is backwards. The appies and such are on the right, the mains are on the left. We were both a little baffled, but their psychology might have worked, I ended up ordering an appetizer with a salad and making it into a meal.
The decor wobbles on the edge of being a little bit cookie-cutter, but somehow manages to not feel like a parody of a chain restaurant. I think it's the booths with the multi-coloured fabric that makes it feel that way for me. There is also an epic amount of beer memorabilia on the wall that at first glance feels standard, but when I actually examined it I think it was pulled together very intentionally and/or from someone's personal collection.
September 19, 2011
The service was pretty average today. Friendly, helpful but very, very relaxed. The weirdest thing was, the back half of the restaurant was half full, and it was a Monday night and we got informed that we might need to move from a booth of four if a group came in. I could understand if it was fuller, or there weren't other booths and banks of tables available. She was nice about it, though.
September 19, 2011
Opted for a side caesar today because I've been low on my vegetable intake lately. It was quite fabulous! The flavours were very distinct, not too much dressing and the fresh lemon really made it zesty and nummy. I haven't ordered caesar salad at a Pub in a while because I got tired of soggy greens and powdered parmesan but this renewed my faith!
It was a great deal - $7 for six large marshmallows wrapped in perfectly cooked, salty bacon and drizzled in a bourbon caramel sauce. The caramel sauce could have been too sweet, but there was some spice in there to help balance that out. We are going to attempt to replicate this at home some day soon!