Believe it or not, Maude Hunter’s Pub has a history stretching all the way back to 1916 when it was the first commercial store at the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Cedar Hill Cross Road. It has undergone a number of changes over the years, when in 1986 Maude Hunter’s Neighbourhood Pub was established as the second neighbourhood pub in Victoria.
For a recent 19th birthday celebration, we decided on Maude Hunter’s as we hadn’t been there since our university days, and thought it would be a good place for the celebrating that comes with a 19th birthday. To start we ordered a full plate of Nachos ($13.95). The serving size is huge (and should be for that price), and is great for a small group of people as an appetizer. The difficulty with ordering nachos is that you often find layers of unmelted cheese – this wasn’t the case with these. The cheese was perfectly melted throughout, and there was enough other toppings to fill you up! We cleared the plate in mere minutes, so they were definitely enjoyed by everyone.
After the nachos, we ordered the BBQ Chicken Burger (smoky barbeque sauce, Swiss cheese, and crispy onions $11.95), the Blue Bison Burger (flame broiled 6 oz lean bison burger, caramelized onions and blue cheese served on an onion kaiser – $13.95), and an order of 12 wings with Franks Red Hot Sauce and Lemon Pepper ($0.35/wing on Wing Wednesdays). Both burgers were a generous serving size and came with lots of fresh garnishing. The fries are of the thick steak cut variety and were well cooked. I opted for a split of fries and a caesar salad ($1.00 extra), a nice option when you can’t decide between fries or salad. The wings had a generous amount of meat on them, although the lemon pepper wings were not my favourite and I doubt we would order them again.
With its close location to the University of Victoria, you will often find the Pub filled with university aged students most nights during the school year. The pub has a nice atmosphere, the servers are friendly and quick, and the food is on the better side of typical pub fare. We’ll be going again if we find ourselves in the area.
Have you been to Maude Hunter’s Pub? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments!
Maude Hunter’s Pub
3810 Shelbourne St