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The Victoria Pub – a little bit of England in the heart of Ostend


Aah, the English abroad: what a diverse species we are; some of us seek new, exciting and native experiences, while others crave the familiar comforts to make their holiday truly a home away from home.

To each his own and, thankfully, Belgium is a country which caters for all, with its rich and vibrant local culture abundant everywhere, but never overshadowing that rich seam of English and Irish bars, a fine such example of the former being found on Ostend’s Kapucijnenstraat in the form of the cool, calm and collected Victoria Pub.

Expertly run, this light and airy bar offers a good range of beers, wines and spirits and lower than average prices, demonstrating pleasingly that you’re a little off the tourist trail. Each round is served with an accompaniment of beer snacks, adding a nice touch of Belgian tradition, while you relax among pockets of regulars and visitors, chatting amiably and relaxing to an excellent soft rock soundtrack, loud enough to discern your favourite tracks but never so obtrusive as to drown out your conversation.

As another example of one of Ostend’s late bars, the Victoria makes a refreshing change for those of us who don’t want to quite wind down the partying at nine o’ clock, even if we’re well past the temptations and wild thrall of the disco (oh, yes – that’s what they’re still called; none of your ‘night club’ nonsense in Belgium!).

Highly recommended.

Victoria Pub
8400 Ostend

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