Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire…While Dining at Hunterdon’s Historic Taverns and Inns!
The cool winter air makes its way through Hunterdon County, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops! Cool winter months are filled with holiday festivals, charming coffee shops, bundled up trail hiking, and so much more! The best way to warm up after a long day? Step back in time and cozy up by the fire in one of Hunterdon’s many historic taverns and inns!
The Clinton House
The Clinton House was built in 1743 and is filled with historic charm – from its exposed wood beams and large stone fireplace. The fire is always roaring on a cold day, creating a warm atmosphere, literally and figuratively! A full bar and traditional menu provides options for everyone, whether looking for a fabulous steak or a spectacular burger. Located just steps from the Red Mill and downtown Clinton, it is the perfect place to stop and then enjoy the charming Town of Clinton.
The Inn at Glen Gardner
Tucked away in the quaint Borough of Glen Gardner sits the historic Inn at Glen Gardner. Enter inside and take in the large stone walls that build this structure nearly 200 years ago. Take a seat and enjoy a comforting meal at a table, or sit at the bar and enjoy a bite and a cocktail!
The Tewksbury Inn
Nestled in the village of Oldwick in Tewksbury Township, this historic Tewksbury Inn has been a mainstay of the community since the early 1800’s. Upon stepping inside, you feel as though you could be in a tavern in the English countryside – from exposed beams, wood floors, and even steps upstairs that slope to the side a bit from years and years of feet going up and down them. A menu filled with many classic items and their own specialties, from Filet Mignon au Poivré to Grilled Duck Breast, this is a can’t miss spot to enjoy. Just around the corner is Melick’s Town Farm and Cidery, the Oldwick General Store, and the infamous Julian Gage Antique Shop.
The Pittstown Inn
So This is Pittstown! Driving past, those words painted on the barn in their parking lot welcome you to this local haunt. A few steps across the road in the village of Pittstown provide you with a classic country inn feeling – the old stone building. The Pittstown Inn calls themselves a “contemporary American restaurant in the tranquil acres of Hunterdon County” – and we couldn’t agree more!
The Sergeantsville Inn
Just down the road from Hunterdon’s and New Jersey’s last remaining covered bridge sits the stone walled Sergeantsville Inn. Using local ingredients from local Hunterdon farms and across New Jersey, the menu at the inn contains items such as River Bend Farms Daily Cut and Pecan-Crusted New Jersey Fluke. The exposed stone walls, beams, and large central fireplace make this a truly classic country inn for every visitor to enjoy.
The Lambertville House
Located in the heart of downtown Lambertville on Bridge Street sits the historic Lambertville House. The restaurant menu is an experience in tastefully prepared small plate selections that offer a delicious array of options for lunch and dinner. Views out the windows of this 1800’s community staple provide glimpses at the many unique shopping options in Lambertville, from clothing to antiques and everything in between. Just a few steps away one can walk onto the bridge and look out at the majestic Delaware River too!
Feeling Cozy Yet?
From North to South and everywhere in between, Hunterdon is filled with charming historic taverns to visit this winter. There are so many to name, so be sure to check out the many others along the way! So pick an old tavern or inn, (or maybe two!) grab a meal and drink and enjoy all that Hunterdon has to offer through the chillier part of the year! There is always something for everyone, in every season, in the other side of Jersey!
PS – Looking for a more casual tavern experience? Check out these options!
The Fox and Hound Tavern
The Fox and Hound Tavern is a Lebanon staple since the early 1800’s, and was a well-known stagecoach stop. From its tavern bar, rustic pub, or traditional dining room, guests have the option to experience all kinds of dining options! Entrees, sandwiches, and sharables make this menus one for visitors of all kinds – all while enjoying this quaint historic structure in the village of Lebanon.
Tavern 519 is historic meets modern bar, providing you with great beer, wings, burgers, and pizza – all located in Hunterdon’s countryside! Located outside of the Frenchtown area, this tavern provides a perfect stop to grab a bite and warm up after exploring along the Delaware River and the scenic roads outside of it.