Cedar’s Crow and Gate Pub – an enduring Island favourite

The tiny rural community of Cedar, near Nanaimo, is home to British Columbia’s very first neighbourhood pub. The Crow and Gate Pub is located on 10 bucolic acres in a classically-British pub environment.  The place is surrounded by spectacular gardens and a pastoral setting that helps to make it one of the most authentic ‘British’ pubs in the country.

The interior of the Crow and Gate is as close to an authentic English pub as you will find in Canada

Built in 1972, the Crow and Gate has been a favourite destination for many ever since its’ opening. Tremendous attention to detail in construction and décor has produced a traditional English-style tavern that could easily be plunked down anywhere in the British countryside and not look out of place. Exposed beams, diamond-paned windows and massive stonework open fireplaces combined with heavy wooden trestle tables offer a cozy retreat from the world in foul weather or fair. During the warm-weather months diners also have the option of enjoying their meals outdoors in the beautifully-maintained gardens, which offer pretty views as far as the eye can see.

Fresh local oysters are one of the pub lunch features

While the enduring charm of the place itself is a huge draw for Island residents and visitors alike, the food on offer certainly deserves to take equal billing. Traditional British fare such as roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast lamb, ploughman’s lunches and steak and kidney pie are complemented by lighter offerings such as soups, salads and sandwiches. There are daily specials and, of course, that stalwart of all British pubs – a variety of beers, ales and stouts. Servings at the Crow and Gate can’t be described as anything less than generous, and the wait staff is cheerful and efficient. If we head there around mid-day we do as the Brits do, and consume a repast that is large enough to be our main meal of the day.

The Farmers Pub Plate, another traditional favourite

            One of the things we like most about the Crow and Gate offerings is the fact that much of the food is sourced locally or made in-house. I enjoyed one of the pub plates featuring fresh local oysters; the pub’s meat pies are produced fresh daily, and the crab cakes feature ‘real’ crab meat (as opposed to the insipid whitefish impersonator that neither tastes like, nor has the texture of, crab – but nonetheless makes it on to the plates of some restaurants.)

            Truly, the Crow and Gate is one of the most unique and charismatic places for a meal anywhere on the Island– the fact that it has survived and thrived for 40 years is testament to that! And, here’s a bonus: the ever-popular Cedar Farmers Market is held in the large field bounded by the Crow and Gate driveway, so if you head there during market season you will be able to score some delectables for your own culinary masterpieces

Outdoor dining is a very popular option during the fine weather. There are lovely views of gardens and farmland as far as the eye can see.

The Crow and Gate Pub is located at the end of a long driveway at 2313 Yellow Point Road in Cedar, just a few minutes drive south of Nanaimo.  Further information can be obtained by going to the website at


The website for the Cedar Farmers Market is


This stained glass crow and gate is set in to the front entry door of the pub

GPS co-ordinates are:

Lat. 49.089705174970305 

Long. -123.8409698009491

N 49 05.382 W 123 50.458

Price rating: $ – $$

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About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers. In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.
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