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Patriot Tavern: Fantastic Food, Cozy Home-Like Atmosphere in Walpole, Massachusetts

Patriot Tavern restaurant and bar, Walpole, Massachusetts

Patriot Tavern, Walpole , Massachusetts.

by Eric Hurwitz. Created 1/30/2017.

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Consider the Patriot Tavern in Walpole, Massachusetts the restaurant version of the comeback player of the year.

The Patriot Tavern recently completed an ambitious renovation project with a talented local carpenter and crew working with the skill and craft of what you would see on HGTV, and a new husband and wife management team (Nora and Steve Hixon) that helped turn this former dive into a real restaurant with a terrific menu.

All of a sudden, word-of-mouth brought crowds to the new Patriot Tavern with the main parking lot often full and cars parked along Route 1A and Bullard Road. It's almost like the Patriot Tavern became a go-to place overnight. A crowded restaurant parking lot is often the sign of a great restaurant, as a wise old uncle once told me!

It's easy to see why locals and those from outside the area have been frequenting the Patriot Tavern: the refreshed bar and new dining room have a cozy feel, and the lunch and dinner menus deliver local favorites that also happen to taste delicious. That includes New England clam chowder, wings, burgers, roast turkey dinner, steak tips, pot roast, meatloaf, and fresh local salmon. True to tavern form, the Patriot Tavern offers an impressive drinks list and televisions to enjoy the games. The Patriot Tavern also goes beyond the normal tavern scene, as they recently started to serve breakfast on the weekends -- and with crowds that rival lunch and dinner time.

The Patriot Tavern almost feels like dining at a friend or family's home -- maybe that's because the restaurant is located in a historic house that has a quaint New England vibe. Like a modest older residential New England home, it's small but welcoming and inviting. The Hixons and a friendly, local wait and bar staff help make it that way.  The staircase (no dining upstairs, though), hardwood floors, and a respect for keeping the innate architectural charm of the place intact lend a wonderful feel -- the ultimate neighborhood bar and restaurant, if you will.


There's something so nice about dining out in a home instead of just a building.
While New England in nature, the Patriot Tavern almost reminds me of those wonderful rural roadside taverns in the Adirondack Mountains of New York -- that is, an unpretentious small town tavern discovery where you can sit down for a drink and food that goes beyond expectations.

It's nice to see the Patriot Tavern finally deliver upon its promise. In the past, locals were curious about the Patriot Tavern -- as so many people love discovering a good roadside restaurant -- but never stepped into the place because of the dive factor and lack of menu. In reality, the past version of the Patriot Tavern was respectable and run well, but most people need more than just a place to drink.

The building has always looked like a great place for grub and drink, and that time has finally arrived as a full service restaurant that is also welcoming to families. If in the Walpole area, I would certainly recommend the Patriot Tavern to anyone looking for excellent comfort foods and drinks!

The Patriot Tavern is located at 100 Main Street, Walpole MA. Tel. 802-824-6047.

Also, log onto the Patriot Tavern Facebook Page and Patriot Tavern Twitter Page for more information.

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