Historic Winter Hotel (Flying Pig Gastown) Back in the Day 1024 713 Russ Jahns

Historic Winter Hotel (Flying Pig Gastown) Back in the Day

Our Gastown location of The Flying Pig is in the historic Winter Hotel, originating from about 1906/07.

We recently uncovered some photos and information that shows the original hotel bar was located in the same space as the restaurant is currently located.

In 1908 the hotel was described in glowing terms in the Greater Vancouver Illustrated publication.

“Hotel Winters was designed and was erected specially for a hotel replete with every modern and up-to-date convenience known to the business. It is constructed of red pressed brick, with cut stone trimmings. The lobby, buffet and reading room are laid with mosaic tiling, the lobby having a lofty ceiling and being a spacious and well-lighted room. The furniture is of golden oak, with which the trimmings are In perfect harmony.

There are one hundred and twenty luxuriously appointed rooms in the hotel, a part of which are en suite, fifty of the apartments provided with private baths. All rooms are exceptionally well lighted and airy, are provided with steam heat, hot and cold water, telephones and such other modern conveniences as are usually found in the best and most modern hotels.

The dining room is large, beautifully lighted and elaborately decorated, and has walls and ceilings paneled with heavy plaster staff relief work. The service is of the very best, and guests pronounce this one of the most satisfactory places to dine that can be found In the city.

The hotel is conducted on the American plan and rates are reasonable, considering the high class accommodations secured. The proprietors of this excellent hostelry are A. M. Winters who built same, and after whom It Is named, and Thos. Stevenson, the latter being the active manager.

Mr Stevenson was for several years manager of the Dominion Hotel, Victoria. Of Scotch decent, he possesses many qualities which make him most popular with the traveling public, and there Is probably no hotelman In Western Canada who possesses a larger acquaintance. nor one more efficiently equipped to conduct a thoroughly modern, high-class hotel.”

Mrs Winters seems to have done well enough with the hotel, which was $1 a day on the European Plan but $2 on the American Plan (with meals). In 1911 she had Somervell and Putnam design a house for her in Point Grey, although successfully avoided the census that year.

Its great to know that this location has a remarkable historic background and the space we occupy has hosted so many guests over the years.

Click here for Before and After Views of our bar.

Will You Be our Valentine? 1024 683 Russ Jahns

Will You Be our Valentine?

Let our Valentine’s Platter for 2 do the talking

The Flying Pig will be offering a romantic and sumptuous Valentine Platter for 2 this Valentine’s Day. Its our romantic take on a classic Surf and Turf, with ‘AAA Alberta Striploin, Lois Lake Steelhead Trout, Lobster and Prawn Risotto and our famous Organic Beet and Chèvre Salad. Our regular menu will also be available.

Give us a call or book online as spaces are filling up fast. (click the image below to book online)

All locations of The Flying Pig will be accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner this Thursday February 14.


Dine Around Victoria 2019 1024 683 Russ Jahns

Dine Around Victoria 2019

The Flying Pig is proud to participate in this year’s Dine Around Victoria event happening Friday, January 25 to Sunday, February 10. We will be offering a $30 menu and a $40 menu for guests to enjoy.

See both menu offers below.

Check out the official Dine Around Victoria site for more information on our menu offerings and make sure to make your reservations early. We look forward to seeing you at The Flying Pig Victoria!

Call 250-483-3814 to book your table or reserve online at the following link

Join us for Dine Out Vancouver 825 470 Russ Jahns

Join us for Dine Out Vancouver

We are proud to announce that our Olympic Village location of The Flying Pig will be participating in Dine Out Vancouver for 2019. This is your chance to savour some of our favourite menu items in our familiar and comfortable surroundings. Proud to serve some of Vancouver’s Best Comfort food with our own unique twists, we hope you will love them as much as we do.

 Reserve now and avoid disappointment.

See our menu below or Follow this link for more details

Please Note: This offer will not be available at our Gastown and Yaletown locations.

What are you doing new Year’s Eve? 750 488 Russ Jahns

What are you doing new Year’s Eve?

You should plan to celebrate the New Year at your favourite location of The Flying Pig.

We will be offering our regular dinner menu beginning at 5pm as always and adding a feature menu from our chalkboard. Our ever popular New Year’ Eve Platter will be available and is perfect for 2 or more people to share family style.

Reservations will also be accepted for this night beginning at 5pm. (this includes locations that don’t usually take dinner reservations)

At 9pm and onward we will take bookings for our Gala seating for those who want to celebrate until the magic hour.

Features offered on our chalkboard will include the following.

Soup $9
Atlantic Lobster Bisque
Lobster, Chives, Brandy Crème Fraiche
Feature Mussels: $20
Salt Spring Island Mussels, Roasted Fennel, Garlic and
White Wine Broth & Hand Cut Matchstick Frites
Feature Fish: $38
Pan Seared Black Cod, Lobster and Rock Prawn Risotto
Braised Kale, Lemon and Chive Beurre Blanc
Platter: $35 per person
Grilled AAA Beef Strip-loin, Brandy Peppercorn Sauce, Roasted Bone Marrow
Pan Seared Arctic Char, Tiger Prawn Provencal,
White Cheddar Whipped Potatoes, Buttered French Beans, Organic Beet and Chevre Salad

Make reservations now at your favourite location.

UPDATE – Our Victoria and Olympic Village locations still have some tables open for our New Year’s Celebration.

Victoria: Call for reservations at 250-483-3814 or check for reservations online here.

Olympic Village: Call for reservations at 604-569-1111

Join us for 7 Days of Brunch!! 750 498 Russ Jahns

Join us for 7 Days of Brunch!!

What do you do with that short few days between Christmas and New Years? We think you should treat yourself to brunch. Every Day…

All locations will be celebrating the holidays by serving brunch every day from December 26, 2018 to January 1, 2019.

Visit us in Gastown, Yaletown, Olympic Village or Victoria to enjoy menu highlights like Chef Erik’s Breakfast Sandwich, Signature Corned Beef Hash or French Toast with Maple Blueberry Compote.

Check out our Brunch menu here.

Join us Weekday from 11am to 3pm or Weekends from 10am to 3pm.

The Flying Pig is Rethinking Plastic Straws 590 590 Russ Jahns

The Flying Pig is Rethinking Plastic Straws

Beginning Thursday February 1st, The Flying Pig and WildTale Restaurants will no longer use plastic straws and offer Paper Straws on request.

It’s estimated the world uses 1 billion unrecyclable plastic straws a day – 500 million in the United States alone – an untold number of which end up in the ocean, polluting the water and coastlines and posing a deadly threat to sea turtles and other marine animals.

Plastics, including straws, continue to clog our oceans, with researchers suggesting there are more than 5 trillion pieces of it swirling in the water. Smaller pieces appear to be getting eaten by fish and travelling up the food chain.

Things to consider:

Straws represent “a clear example of completely unnecessary single use plastic that is used for an average of just 20 minutes then discarded,” write the organizers of The Final Straw Cornwall campaign.

“Every straw on the planet right now will outlive everyone reading these words.”

In an effort to do our part to curb this growing problem, we at The Flying Pig will start with something small, such as stopping the use single-use plastic straws.

Please help us in our quest to keep our coastlines and oceans clean and sustainable.

Four Days of Brunch: an Easter Celebration! 590 590 Russ Jahns

Four Days of Brunch: an Easter Celebration!

Spring is in the air – finally! We’re celebrating by kicking off the Easter weekend (March 30 – April 2) with four days of brunch. On top of that, we’ll be whipping up caesars and mimosas for only $4 – it’s worth a visit!

Hours are 11am – 3pm Friday and Monday, 10am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday. Check out our menu and reserve a table at your favourite Flying Pig location. Can’t wait to see you there!

10 Great Late Night Happy Hours – Populist 590 589 Russ Jahns

10 Great Late Night Happy Hours – Populist

Thanks to our friends at Populist for including our Olympic Village location of The Flying Pig in its top 10 list of late night Happy Hour locations. It has been incredibly popular and we look forward to having you join us soon.

4  The Flying Pig 
127 W 2nd Ave
The newest location of this popular Vancouver spot in Olympic Village offers late night happy hour features seven days a week. From 10pm until close you can choose between 10 appetizers for under $8 as well as $4.75 glasses of house wine and Russel lager. We recommend the P.E.I Mussels with a glass of pinot gris!

Read the whole list here.

Margaret’s Maple Sugar Pie Recipe makes it to Bon Appetit 590 332 Russ Jahns

Margaret’s Maple Sugar Pie Recipe makes it to Bon Appetit

Margaret’s Maple Sugar Pie

There’s no maple syrup in this pie recipe (not a mistake), but the finished product will remind you of maple-sugar candies thanks to the caramel notes in the brown sugar.


A perennial favourite on our dessert menu, we were honoured that Bon Appétit chose to feature this amazing pie.

Click here for a link to the recipe on their website.

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