Black Bass Hotel
- Foody4life Jan 17, 2008 08:43 AM
As others have recently reported, the Black Bass Hotel has been in various stages of operation. Now looks to be closed for good. We have mixed feeling as we enjoyed some fine summer dinners here, but more recent visits (during the River road bridge reconstruction) were less than stellar. Hope it comes back to life.
Here's your opportunity, fellow hounds, to buy a piece of history!
Well, at last we now know what's going on at The Black Bass. I have fond memories of Sunday brunch at The Bass and I really hope someone will step forward to buy the properties in question and keep the place going.
Sadly, this is something that will be pretty common along the Delaware river north of New Hope. Many restaurants and Inns are closing due to the road construction that has finally started to fix the flood damage. You literally have to travel miles out of your way to get to these restaurants due to construction detours and these hotels and restaurants can't survive.
My husband and I have always had a soft spot for this place. Beautiful building, beautiful setting and great food. (We hadn't been there in a VERY long time, so I can't speak to how the food was before the establishment's troubles began.)
One can only hope that whoever ends up buying the place has the vision and talent to do it justice.
It is a risky location - I can't imagine buying anything right on the Delaware River with that low an elevation given all of the recent flooding in the area.
So sad....My husband and I just took a ride TODAY and saw it was closed. I hope this wonderful piece of history will be brought by someone and not destroyed. I have forwarded the auction information to everyone I know that may be interested.
great place to stop and have a beer while biking around Bucks/Hunterdon counties!. Unfortunately this place needs This Old House to show up and do a major overhaul. Most of the woodwork is worn and needs some major sanding and varnish. There are too many nice places to go in the area and old world worn country inn isn't bringing them in anymore. In the listing under banquets, it is listed as "none booked", this is a killer and means there are no weddings booked for at least the rest of the year. This place needs that to survive. The hotel rooms look really dated and uncofortable. :-(
Looks like a very good chance the Charleston Meetinghouse Crab (my fav too) is coming back.
The current issue of Buck's Life mag has an article on Jack Thompson's Black Bass renovation / rebuild. They mention plans to rehire several former staff members including chef John Barrett "whose mouth watering meals helped make the BBH a staple of Bucks County's dining scene." He'll reintroduce popular items and also spice up the menu with some modern dishes.
Let's hope it all works out for them (and us)!
I gotta admit- the menu looks pretty good! I'm pretty down on the stereotypical bucks county Inn way of dining, but there is only 1 dish with demi on the menu. I'm going to give it a shot...
We dined at the newly restored Black Bass this past Saturday and have many compliments for the cuisine, ambiance and service. No expense was spared in the restoration and the result is nothing short of outstanding.
We arrived about 45mins ahead of our reservation in order to enjoy a cocktail in the cozy bar room. J had a glass of a CA meritage and I had a perfect martini prepared by the personable bartender. The bar room has retained the historic bar top and now hosts the extensive collection of British memorabilia that was previously on display in the main dining room. The adjacent stone walled room is now the tavern dining room where a separate, less formal menu is served. It'd be a great spot to grab a quick bite or casual dinner, which we look forward to in future visits.
We were seated promptly at 7 in the main dining room at our requested window table overlooking the Delaware. The main dining room has been given a complete renewal. The result is a comfortable ambiance for one to enjoy the company they are with, along with the fine cuisine.
There's many old favorites on the dinner menu along with new additions. Specials of the day including a crawfish ap, a seared tuna ap, a prime rib entree and a whole bronzino entree.
For appetizers, J ordered the crab cake and I ordered the crawfish special. Her crab cake was a very large cake filled with lump crab set in a rich sauce. My crawfish was a heaping bowl of sweet tailmeat with a rich creole broth that had a bit of spice. The warm loaf of bread was put to good use with both dishes and thoroughly enjoyed.
For entrees, J ordered the sea bass and I ordered my old favorite, the Charleston crab. J's sea bass was a large serving, perfectly oven roasted and served atop a gumbo sauce that included crawfish and crab. The gumbo sauce was a great compliment to the bass.
My Charleston crab was outstanding. The serving dish was filled with huge sections of sweet jumbo lump crab in a rich cream sauce. We were beginning to fill up quickly from all the rich and creamy sauces, but I succeeded in finishing and would order it again.
One small dislike was the accompaniment to my entree - asparagus topped with carrot bits and a very dry rice pilaf of some sort. The asparagus was large cigar sized spears that were tough and stringy. With all the local farm fresh bounty within a few miles, one would expect the use of a local seasonal vegetable and return to asparagus in the spring.
We finished the evening with a well prepared espresso and left dessert for another time as we were beyond full. Service throughout was professional and cordial with our needs anticipated and met by the well trained staff.
All in all a great evening at this beautifully restored jewel. We look forward to many return visits.