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The Victoria Freehouse

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The Victoria FreehouseThe Victoria Freehouse

Type: Bar, Eatery

10 S Front St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106-3001
United States

(215) 543-6089 | map

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Added by hhkal17 on 03-08-2013

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 5
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Nice, clean, friendly place to have a beer and watch some soccer or rugby on one of the two flat screens. Beer is 8 taps and 2 cask ales with heavy British imports favored. Some local beer options and delicious British pub fare. Nice scotch selection and knowledgeable, approachable staff added up to a good overall first impression.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Thank you PhillyTapFinder for having a listing for this bar… otherwise I would have never even thought of walking down this block and stopping here. It was J.W. Lee’s on tap that did it for me…

So there I went on a Saturday afternoon after hitting Khyber Pass for brunch and checking out the new 2nd Story Brewing. The scene was surreal- this is a classic British pub, with all the wood and trimmings and cask ales and milds on tap to satisfy the Englishman in you… but when I visited, the jawn was hopping with a DJ, transsexuals, drag queens and a big gay scene.

Don’t get me wrong, it was fun- just not what I expected from an old, stodgy pub in Old City.
The tap list is pretty good and thoroughly British: Thornbridge Medici, Criminally Bad Elf (cask), Innis and Gun, Belhaven… among the bottles I saw a bunch of J.W. Lees, including 2008, 2011 Port, Gales Prize Ale. My Lees was five bucks for five ounces.

I just went in quickly, ordered my beer and drank it outside so I can’t say much about the place inside, the food or the service. Maybe I’ll revisit soon again… the joint looks good enough.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This British pub is a recent entry to the Old City scene. Located at the corner of Front/Chestnut, Victoria Freehouse exemplifies what one would find in Jolly Olde England. It is a rather sleek and modern interior: a long room dominated by a shiny bar. There are tables along the opposite wall and towards the back.

But the beer selection .... excellent taps, including Speckled Hen Nitro, of many British beers. They offer two sizes: 10 ounce and imperial pint. The bottle list goes way beyond the normal though with several hard-to-find stuff. Belhaven Stout in cans, anyone? Of course, we all know the joke about "British cuisine" being an oxymoron, but the food is hearty and delish: Fish n Chips, Sausage n Chips and many favorites. They have Sunday roast beef specials and offer those lovely English puddings for a dessert. One could pretend to be in a Dickens novel with Oliver Twist approaching the bartender asking: "Please sir, could I have more .... porter?"

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The Victoria Freehouse in Philadelphia, PA
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.