Yesterday I took the Metro train from Newcastle to North Shields for a stop of sorts on my ancestral home pub crawl. Except I wasn’t visiting a town where my ancestors lived; I was visiting real living relatives, my paternal grandfather’s cousins! I also didn’t stop in a pub, but I did drink some brandy, so I’ll give myself a pass.
Victoria is an exceptional craft beer city, but it is also an awesome tea city! I have often mused that Victoria must have the most teahouses and teashops per capita in Canada. No doubt this stems from her very English past, an identity that is still very much alive in Victoria today, as evidenced by tea, the pub culture, the village system, the popularity of soccer, rugby, and cricket, and physical reminders such as the many English style buildings and street names. But enough about Englishness, and more about tea. This month, Tea Victoria is hosting the Victoria Tea Festival Revival from February 7th to 13th.
It’s exam period again, so for me and the lads of the Victoria Vinyl Appreciation Club, that also means it’s time for another pub crawl!
I was planning on making a “greatest hits” pub crawl, but a spontaneous stroll along Oak Bay Avenue and Newport Avenue made me postpone this idea. Oak Bay has the charming qualities of an Olde English Christmas Village at this time of year, and I decided that a long stroll up and down the town was in order. The thought of a drink at the Penny Farthing and the Snug suddenly turned my idea of a Christmas walk into a pub crawl!