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Apr 17, 2008 08:00 AM

Historic Restaurant/Building for bday dinner

I'm trying to plan a birthday dinner outing for my husband. He loves historical buildings! I was hoping to locate a restaurant (hopefully a very old one) to take him to that is in a very historical building or actually historic itself. I read about the City Tavern in Philadelphia (1773) but then heard the building wasn't original?

Any suggestions within a couple hours of Downingtown PA will be great. I'm willing to make a day trip of this if its to a new area we haven't been to before. Thanks!!!

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    I would strongly suggest the Dilworthtown Inn in West Chester. I have always enjoyed the food and the building has been in operation since 1780.

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    1. re: elisatl

      My one and only meal at the Dilworthtown sucked, but I must confess that the building was neat. Does it have to be an historic building, or just a nice old one?

      1. re: Buckethead

        I'm sorry to hear about bad experiences at Dilworthtown Inn. I go there about twice a year, usually for a birthday or other special occasion, and always enjoy the food and find the service generally good, but as with any restaurant, experiences vary by person.

        I did think of another option, however. I have not tried the Inn at Saint Peters Village (was hoping to go for my own husband's upcoming birthday but they were booked for a private function), but both the food and the building look wonderful.


      2. Two possibilities
        Blue Bell Inn - Skipback (rt. 73) Pike & Penlynn Pike Blue Bell The building is old but recently modernized etc.
        Wiliiam Penn Inn Dekalb (rt. 202) Pike & Norristwon rd. lower gwenedd opposite Montgomery County Community College This would be better for there sunday brunch buffet as the food is laid out through the restaurant allowing time to view the building.

        1. Congress Hall in Cape May it is a Hotel and has a few bars and restaurants in it and it is in Cape May the whole city is historic

          1. On the Delaware River their are many Center Bridge Inn in New Hope, The Inn at Phillips Mill in New Hope, Hotel du Village in New Hope, Stockton Inn in Stockton New Jersey You can eat and stay in all of the above and they are all romantic and historical.


              The King George II Inn in Bristol. Food is very good, romantic view of the Delaware River. Building dates to 1681.