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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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  1. Caroline's?

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    1. re: Jdbc

      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.

      1. re: sambuca

        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?

        1. re: cwdonald

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

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

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      1. re: Chefpaulo

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

        1. re: cwdonald

          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.

          1. re: cwdonald

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

            1. re: cwdonald

              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.
              CP

              1. re: Chefpaulo

                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.

                1. re: cwdonald

                  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.
                  CP

                  1. re: Chefpaulo

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

                    1. re: sambuca

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

            2. re: Chefpaulo

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

              1. re: sambuca

                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.

                1. re: bucksguy14

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

                  1. re: sambuca

                    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.

                    1. re: Jdbc

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

                      1. re: sambuca

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

                        1. re: Jdbc

                          That's it! Thank you.

                    2. re: sambuca

                      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.
                      CP

                      1. re: Chefpaulo

                        Disregard above post. We found the phantom restaurant.
                        CP

                        1. re: Chefpaulo

                          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.

                          1. re: givemecarbs

                            Carbs, As Jdbc noted above, the restaurant Alistair ran was Rhapsody's, which later became Carolyn's . I don't remember either one.
                            CP

                            1. re: Chefpaulo

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

                              1. re: cwdonald

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

                                1. re: cwdonald

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