Ye Olde Tavern
Wining & Dining since 1790
Ye Olde Tavern Proprietors Michael and Minna Brandt welcome guests with the genteel hospitality of a bygone era. Upon arrival, the wide plank floors, roaring fireplaces, and antique furnishings recall 18th century New England. Stenciling throughout the restaurant recreates patterns typical of itinerant painter Mose Eaton, whose work can be found throughout the region.
Listed with the Vermont Register of Historic Place, the tavern building was first constructed in 1790 by Dorset Master Architect Aaron Sheldon, as The Stagecoach Inn. It catered to the likes of Vermont’s famous Green Mountain Boys, as well a cadre of statesmen and gentry who enjoying dining and socializing in elegant period simplicity.
Menu selections include regional dishes — Yankee Pot Roast and Lobster Bisque, for example — along with traditional continental favorites. You’ll find Prime Rib, Shrimp Scampi, and Chicken Picatta on the daily menu, plus vegetarian offerings, seasonal specials, and kid-friendly options. An excellent wine list and a carefully curated selection of vintage cocktails are always available. The Tap Room opens at 4:30 pm for drinks.
"I have eaten at Ye Olde Tavern countless times, and always enjoy my experience! The atmosphere is charming and each dining room is a little different (I like the Colonial Room the most). I love the history of the building, which dates back to the Revolutionary War; there are several pictures around the restaurant chronicling the Tavern through the years. There is something for everyone on the Tavern's extensive menu, and many dishes can be "tweaked" to accommodate dietary restrictions/allergies. From apps to dessert, everything is awesome! ... The wine list is extensive, and well-thought out, however it is arguably overshadowed by the vintage cocktail menu, which features classic drinks, from Brandy Alexanders to Sidecars.""goldfishcity (source)
Whether it’s a Harvey Wallbanger or a Rob Roy, guests love the vintage cocktails at Ye Olde Tavern. Plus a selection of Vermont Microbrews, with draught Citizen’s Hard Cider (Unified Press) and Ye Olde's 1790 Taproom Ale, crafted by the folks at Long Trail Brewing.
Sunday through Friday during off-peak periods, an Early Bird Menu is available from 5:00 to 5:59 pm. $18 entrees, with fresh bread, cranberry fritters and house salad. Make reservations!
On the second Tuesday of each winter month, the Brandts turn the light OFF and guests dine as if it were the 18th century. Just the flicker of candles, the glow of oil lamps, and the crackle and pop of the fireplaces. A fun and historic evening.