An old place gets a new owner and a complete makeover. What used to be the Back Street Pub is now Roy’s Towne Pub. Located at 4000 Old Island Hwy. (Visit their page on Facebook.) (19A) in Royston, just a short block from the water. The new makeover includes a single entrance, which provides for more seating and room for jam sessions. Jim, Kona and I had lunch on their secluded patio, which features an ancient grape arbour with bunches of green grapes.
The soup and sandwich special for the day was a Thai Coconut Mulligatawny soup and a pulled-pork, pineapple sandwich on a soft bun for $11. The soup came in a large bowl and was outstanding. The sandwich, a bit sloppy, was flavorful and tasty. I was at Roy’s Towne Pub last week with another friend and had a Falafel Wrap with Tzatziki, which was just as good. Jim had their delicious creamy seafood chowder (what’s new) and pronounced it as flavourful as the old Back Street Pub version. There was more soup and it was slightly more tasty than the FBI and White Whale chowder.
Jim and I discussed the puzzling decision of the Comox Council to demolish the Mack Laing Baybrook House despite letters from the National Trust of Canada (Heritage Canada) and BC Heritage asking them to reconsider. I quoted Yogi Berra to Jim: “It ain’t over till it’s over”.
I rate Roy’s Towne Pub as a 4.0 out of 5.