Written By Guest Writer Folks / Reporter Feb 23, 2012 Family Lunch Pick: The Fernwood Inn SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestCarrot, Coconut & Ginger Soup. Photos by Deanna LadretPeople begin arriving for the lunch rush around 11:45am, and Sarah Rouget seems to know every customer by name. One of the two managing partners of The Fernwood Inn, (there are ten partners in total) Sarah assists brother Michael Colwill in running the day-to-day. Her days are spent working the floor and ensuring everyone is enjoying themselves.Partner and Assistant Manager Sarah RougetAs she sits down for our chat, she announces that she’s expecting the newest baby in the Fernwood family clan this July – brother Michael married one of the Inn’s servers and Sarah married one of the regular customers. How’s that for a family restaurant? We are sitting at their Mother’s Table, a bright banquette next to the windows on the Gladstone Avenue side. Above us hangs a portrait of Michael and Sarah’s father, Roger Colwill, well-known community champion and the visionary behind the Inn’s new beginning. Five years ago, the two siblings and their business partners teamed up with Roger to purchase the building and transform the space into an updated, community-centred pub. Sadly, shortly after the Inn’s opening, Roger passed away. The self-dubbed Fernwood Community Liaison’s memory is honoured through the junior Colwills’ passionate dedication to the neighbourhood, including the annual Neighbours For Change Block Party, organized by Sarah each summer. Polenta & Prawn SkilletThe Fernwood Inn is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering the same eclectic menu throughout day and, an additional Features page which changes every couple of weeks. Try a Polenta & Prawn Skillet, delivered sizzling to the table topped with gently wilting spinach and watercress, the popular Halibut Avocado Burger, or one of the inventive salads (butter roasted macadamia nuts? Sold). One of two daily soups is their staple Carrot Coconut & Ginger with a rabid fan base; the other a creation limited only by Chef James Wolfe‘s imagination. Speed is key, says Rouget, adding that a typical lunch can be had in under an hour from start to finish. That is, if you don’t decide to laze the rest of the afternoon away over Island-brewed pints on the Inn’s patio or tucked into a corner booth. In regards to sustainability, The Inn wouldn’t be Fernwood-approved without a dedicated composting program. In fact, they recently won a $35,000 Energy Fix Contest grant from BC Hydro, which they used to overhaul the building’s electrical systems to reduce hydro usage. Children are welcomed with open arms and though they don’t have a kid’s menu, there are plenty of items to choose from that appeal to children. Besides the great food, the nicest aspect of this family-friendly Inn is that it still maintains the feeling of a neighbourhood pub: a place to sit and sip a pint with friends, take in some live music (Tuesday & Thursday nights), or shoot the breeze with your usual server – all without having to pay a babysitter. Hours: Sunday & Monday 11:30am-10:00pm, Tuesday – Saturday 11:30am-12:00am. The Fernwood Inn1302 Gladstone AvenueVictoria, BC(250) 412-2001www.fernwoodinn.com EdiblesfamilyFolkslunch SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Victoria August 30, 2019 Mary Ploegsma—The Tattoo Series I It was an unforgettable afternoon. Mary Ploegsma served us David’s Tea’s vanilla chai with sweet local strawberries and chocolate biscuits. The ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Comments are closed.