History

In 1848, just after Queen Victoria’s visit, Dunstable opened its own railway station and business started to boom. Public Houses were needed to provide Food & Drink for all the workman and carrier William Minnard opened The Victoria.

In the 1860's John Vickers, a Buckinghamshire horse breaker, and his wife Ann Marie had moved into the Victoria and combined the business. John died in 1870 and the magistrate transferred the license to Ann Marie but she retired and Fullers of Woburn advertised a "Free Spirit House" with bar, parlour, taproom and out buildings. They sold to J Bachelor of Dagnal, with Fred Parkhouse as tenant, paying £22 per year.

A wonderful old pub with great traditions of quality and service was the business that Dave & Val Hobbs were determined to continue when they took over in 1996. Since then they have continued the best traditions of this old coaching inn, and promoted the very best in products and service that make this the friendliest pub in town, the centre for all attractions of good beer, wine, lager, ale and food.

In recent years The Victoria has been honoured with several awards including the coveted "Pub of the Year" from the local CAMRA region.

The Victoria continues to try and uphold the very finest traditions of England’s finest "old fashioned pub" and invite you to savour some old fashioned service that you might have been missing.

(The dog is very friendly, but she may still steal your crisps! - Her name is Dusty and you may have to tickle her belly - very therapeutic!!!)

 

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