The Wellington Hotel, Nanaimo

The Well PubOne of the best value places to eat and drink in Nanaimo is The Well Pub in the Wellington Hotel (tel. 250/758-5513), 3956 Victoria Avenue. It's just off the Island Highway North (Hwy 19A), corner of Norwell Drive, a couple of blocks west of the Country Club Centre shopping mall. If you're driving northwest on the Island Highway, turn right after Country Club just before Coast Realty and Long Lake. If you're driving southeast, turn left just after the overhead pedestrian bridge beside Coast Realty.

Check the blackboards at the entrance for weekly specials. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays there's a lunch buffet from 11 am to 1:30 pm, while the dinner specials are daily from 4 pm to 6:30 pm (you must order a drink with these). The regular menu has a wide selection of appetizers and the entrees are fairly priced.

An institution at The Well is Sunday brunch, served Sundays from 11 am to 2 pm. This consists of two eggs, potatoes, toast, and a choice of bacon, ham, or sausages and is good value. To get the discount price you're required to order a drink, but you can enjoy a hearty breakfast here.

The Well Pub is not only appealing for the inexpensive food, but the drink prices are also low. There's a huge screen at the end of the bar where sporting events are broadcast live, and a couple of TV screens with other events playing. Keno and other forms of light gambling are also available, and I suppose that's where they make their money. In the evening, there are participatory games, raffles, and light entertainment. I really like the unpretentious, friendly atmosphere at The Well and I highly recommend it. Abundant free parking is available.

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