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Springhouse Tavern?

AmblerGirl May 30, 2010 08:57 AM

Has anyone been to the Springhouse Tavern lately? I always heard it was a bit of an old folks place, but I heard thre are new owners now. They put in an outdoor patio last summer and it looks really inviting so I am tempted to try it. I also saw a sign that they will start serving Sunday brunch beginning in June so the idea of sitting outdoors for a nice brunch sounds so good... if the restaurant is good!

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    truffles2 Aug 10, 2010 07:28 AM

    AmblerGirl, I had the same thought, the patio looks so inviting. Tried it a while back with some friends after work. Sad to say, that is the best thing about the place. They did not update the menu with the patio. The food was edible, but basic and boring. Nothing you couldn't get at any diner. For the price, I wouldn't return.

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      PattiCakes Aug 10, 2010 10:09 AM

      It's a shame. We could really use some alfresco drinking/dining places in our area. For instance, my daughter & SIL are on a budget and would love some places where they could go for a Friday night "date in the summer, sit outside, and order a drink and a couple of apps.

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        AmblerGirl Aug 10, 2010 12:40 PM

        I hear you on that one! Has your daughter considered Arpeggio? My husband and I always bring a bottle of wine, order a pizza and sit outside. Perfect for a date! And we never spend more thasn $20. Perfect except maybe for the crowds on weekend nights...

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          gaffk Aug 10, 2010 12:48 PM

          Bacco also has a nice outdoor area with good food & drinks in that area. The upstairs deck of Molly Maguire's should also fit and I've been told they'll have music on Friday & Saturday evenings.

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            truffles2 Aug 11, 2010 06:59 AM

            Yeah, and you can play Bacci too :)

      2. AmblerGirl Aug 6, 2010 04:50 AM

        I gave in and gave it a try for a weekday lunch, the patio just called to me on a warm summer day. First the patio was beautiful, very nicely done, sheilded pretty well from the street (which is what I was a afraid of). But besides the extremely nice ambience of the patio..... old fashioned is an understatement!!!! I went inside and used the restroom and peeked around, very flowery grandmom decor (though it was pretty grandmom flowers). I was the youngest person there by at least 30 years. They even served lunch on flowery china. The food was ok, nothing spectacular on the menu, just your standard stuff. I got grilled chicken my husband got a burger, both were ok - no complaints and no raves. The prices were a bit high, not ridiculuous but high for what you got, around $9 for a basic chicken sandwich. I think they are going the right direction with the patio but really need to update the menu to attract a younger crowd (and by younger I mean under 70).

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          PattiCakes Aug 6, 2010 02:37 PM

          My brain always thinks of this a a more upscale Williamsons in terms of the age of the crowd, although I know better. My dad (who whould have been 99 in December) loved to go there with his cronies. They liked to drink manhattens and order the crab imperial with a wedge salad. We even had his funeral luncheon there more than 20 years ago. The porch is new, and perhaps they will gradually upgrade the interior to make it more current. Remeber, though, there are a ot of retirement facilities in that general area, and most of those folks (I didn't say "ALL") don't want sushi, Thai or even brick oven pizza.

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            AmblerGirl Aug 6, 2010 05:59 PM

            Patticakes, that is too funny, when I came back from my trip inside the restaurant, I actually told my husband that it was a nice version of Williamsons!

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              Chefpaulo Aug 7, 2010 04:12 AM

              I'm with you, Pat. When my mom died in '94, we remembered her at her favorite haunt. Since we lived only five minutes away (Gypsy Hill Road), it was a regular hangout. I still remember the crabcakes from the 70s that were more like Crab Kiev than cakes - a crispy thin breaded shell with buttery, herbed lump crab inside. I also remember the huge portion of smoked salmon served as an appetizer.

              I'll give it more credit than Williamson's but, then, maybe nostalgia clouds the palate.
              CP

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                crazyspice Aug 7, 2010 06:25 AM

                I am thinking nostalgia CP. We had heard so much about the crabcakes over the years we decided to give them a try a while back. Once I got past the decor, I was truly disappointed with the crabcake. It was dry, full of filler and ice cold in the center. It tasted like it had been frozen.

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                  Chefpaulo Aug 7, 2010 12:18 PM

                  Agreed. The ST crabcakes of 30 years ago were an institution. The shell was so thin and the butter just ran out when you cut into them. Succulent beyond words. Who was that masked chef?

                  Nay longer. They are probably machine packed in Massachusetts and arrive by the sub-zero crate load. Sad.
                  CP

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            Betharu May 31, 2010 07:37 AM

            I remember it was my dad's and his cronies hangout back in the day. I always think of it as a place I would take my grandmother for Sunday dinner! I do remember they did have killer crabcakes.
            I was sorry to hear the Drafting Room closed - it was a great place for a burger and a beer. There does seem to be a dearth of good local bars in this area. The Broad Axe is too small. Phil's is too crowded. The other day my friend and I were meeting for a glass of wine. It was either go to the Blue Bell Inn and pay $6 (at least) for a glass or to P.J.'s and pay 1/2 that (with a VERY limited selection). We opted for PJ's.
            We used to go to Blue Horse's bar and I have been to Domenico's for dinner but have not tried their bar yet.

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              jujuthomas May 30, 2010 06:41 PM

              sitting outdoors for a nice brunch does sound good! I haven't ever been, but I'll ask around. Please post if you go!

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                mitchh May 31, 2010 02:55 AM

                I have not eaten there, but when waiting for a takeout order from Vic I stopped there for a drink and the crowd was definitely mixed in terms of age. The outdoor deck is nice, although it can be a little loud given how close it is to the road. With the Drafting Room gone I may very well give this place a shot for brunch or dinner.

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                  AmblerGirl May 31, 2010 04:46 AM

                  My husband is desperately trying to find a replacement for the drafting room, I swear he has been to every bar in the area since the DR closed, he said he is "interviewing" bars trying to find one with the same vibe - good beer selection, good service, not too loud or crowded. The bar at Springhouse Tavern is on his list to try. He has not had much luck so far, or he is just too nostalgic for the DR!!!

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