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Trying to remember name of old Lansdale restaurant

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sambuca Apr 27, 2012 02:16 PM

We went to a restaurant very often that was owned by Allister. It may have been on West Point Road. anyone know the name?

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    Chefpaulo Apr 27, 2012 05:44 PM

    Was it McPhee's at the corner of West Point and Sumneytown Pike?
    CP

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      cwdonald Apr 27, 2012 05:46 PM

      Is that the Sumney Tavern now? Has been that for about last 20 years to the best of my knowledge.

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        sambuca Apr 27, 2012 06:15 PM

        Honestly, I don't know what's there now. My wife and I went there all the time. It was a great restaurant. Now, we can't remember the name. It's driving us crazy.

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          bucksguy14 Apr 27, 2012 07:06 PM

          Yes, the Sumney Tavern replaced McPhee's. Physically, that is - doesn't come close where the food is concerned IMVHO.

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            Chefpaulo Apr 28, 2012 05:33 AM

            Yes, the Sumney Tavern. McPhee's was noted for its Scottish specialties. They had a great selection of single malts, Scottish beer and ale, smoked salmon, steak and kidney pie and, yes, you could even get haggis. I also recall an oddity called "Bubble and Squeak " - whatever that was. My mom and I had many a fine dinner there until they closed rather abruptly in the late 1980s. Been to Sumney Tavern only once. 'Nuf said.
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              cwdonald Apr 28, 2012 07:31 AM

              Bubble and squeek is a traditional english dish that is a combination of left over vegetables and grated potatoes all fried up together. I have had it at the whip tavern among other places.

              CP do you remember when McPhee's went away? I was in Lansdale/West Point beginning in '92 and do not remember it then. I will check with friends of mine who raised their kids in Lansdale to see if they remember.

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                Chefpaulo Apr 28, 2012 08:36 AM

                I just remember mom and I arriving there for dinner sometime in 1988 or '89 to find it suddenly closed. It was a major disappointment and I'm sorry you missed out.
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                  sambuca Apr 28, 2012 08:58 AM

                  We loved it. Was one of our favorite places. Allister and his wife were great people. I wish I knew where they are now.

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                    Jdbc Apr 28, 2012 09:08 AM

                    We too spent many happy hours there I haven't heard anything about them in years.

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            sambuca Apr 27, 2012 06:13 PM

            No, it wasn't on the corner. About a block off Sumneytown

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              bucksguy14 Apr 27, 2012 07:09 PM

              I can't think of any restaurant that was, or is, a block off Sumneytown. And, I live about a mile from that intersection and drive through it almost daily.

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                sambuca Apr 27, 2012 07:16 PM

                My wife thinks it might have been on south broad st.

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                  Jdbc Apr 28, 2012 05:27 AM

                  If you're talking about the Alistair who then opened the tea shop in Chalfont, he owned/ran the restaurant that was Carolyn's. I can't remember if that's what it was called when they ran it, but it was on the corner of S. Broad St. and Jenkins Avenue. He also worked for a time at the restaurant at Mainland Golf Course.

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                    sambuca Apr 28, 2012 05:47 AM

                    That's the one. It wasn't called Carolyns when he ran it.

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                      Jdbc Apr 28, 2012 07:56 AM

                      I think I remember. I think it was Rhapsody's.

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                        sambuca Apr 28, 2012 08:11 AM

                        That's it! Thank you.

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                    Chefpaulo Apr 28, 2012 05:30 AM

                    Do you mean The Hotel Tremont? That was certainly worth remembering and the only one I can recall on Broad at the corner of Main. However, the owner's name was Marcel.
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                      Chefpaulo Apr 28, 2012 10:21 AM

                      Disregard above post. We found the phantom restaurant.
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                        givemecarbs Apr 29, 2012 12:14 AM

                        But what was it CP? All I can think of is West Point Inn. Remember helping out there once with my mom in the kitchen, she did it as a favor one night and brought me along.

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                          Chefpaulo Apr 29, 2012 04:53 AM

                          Carbs, As Jdbc noted above, the restaurant Alistair ran was Rhapsody's, which later became Carolyn's . I don't remember either one.
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                            cwdonald Apr 29, 2012 09:02 AM

                            Carolyns I think I remember. Wasn't that the victorian looking house near the train station in Lansdale on Broad?

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                              givemecarbs Apr 29, 2012 09:25 PM

                              I know Rhapsody was there cw, now it's montella's or something. I need me some Shelly's bakery.

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                                Jdbc Apr 30, 2012 03:36 PM

                                That's where it was. It was was a great neighborhood bar with decent food under both names.

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                Jdbc Apr 27, 2012 02:25 PM

                Caroline's?

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                  sambuca Apr 27, 2012 02:35 PM

                  No, that's not it. He and his wife closed it and opened a new rest. in Chalfont. They had a collection of old teapots in the rest.

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                    cwdonald Apr 27, 2012 04:12 PM

                    Do you mean West Point Pike? The only spot I can remember there is what is now Pizza Time Saloon. Were there other restaurants on the pike?

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                      sambuca Apr 27, 2012 04:25 PM

                      Maybe I have the wrong street. It could have been Main Street.

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