Patriot Tavern: Fantastic Food, Cozy Home-Like Atmosphere in
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
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
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
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.
Also, log onto the Patriot Tavern
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