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The White Horse Tavern

26 Marlborough St, Newport, RI
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Ranked #1 of 11 Nightlife in Newport
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Dining, Drinking
Description: The oldest pub in continuous service in the United States.
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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We stopped by for a late lunch in the garden this past Saturday. We had my small Sheltie mix with us, so we asked permission for him to join us at the outdoor table. The hostess sensibly confirmed that he would not be disruptive, and once reassured, was very friendly. Our waiter brought my dog water and a treat unbidden.... More

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Shelton, Connecticut
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84 reviews 84 reviews
10 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

While strolling around Newport on sort of a do-it-yourself pub crawl one sunny day in mid August, we decided to stop in here for a beer and to take in the history. If you're a history fan, you'll love this place. It pre-dates the founding of our country by a century so there is quite a bit of history within... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I called in just to have a beer and to check out the place. It's a cool place although it is not that old from our perspective. The oldest pub in England, which is close to my old University, has been in operation since 1189. The place must be nice in winter when the fire place in... More

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Houston, TX
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was our favorite restaurant in Newport. The food was good, but the best part was the slice of history. We came for a late lunch and were the only people in the place, so we really were able to feel that we stepped back in time. A nice escape from the bustle of the seafood restaurants by the harbor.

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Chester, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It was our second visit to White Horse and it was just as impressive as the first! A classic New England style tavern with candlelights and a functional fireplace. Staff is friendly and attentive but not overbearing. Wine list was lovely and I will dream about there lobster Mac and cheese until I return! Yum!!

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Sharon, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Incredible ambiance, great service, the waitress was pretty knowledgeable about the history of the place, which certainly enriched our experience there. The only downside was the too small portion of my sirloin steak dish which, on the other hand, was delicious. Without a doubt, it is worth the visit!

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Dracut, Massachusetts
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58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013 via mobile

My boyfriend found this while searching online under obscure Newport. White Horse Tavern is America's oldest tavern and offers brunch, lunch and dinner. The lobster salad blt was simply delicious. The meat was fresh and seasoned lightly with a dill aioli and the croissant it was on was one of the best I've had. The french fries were hand cut... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Thankfully there was a spot behind the building in the small parking lot as it was wicked cold and windy this night. We were seated promptly, although I will say, you don't want to sit against the windows as the old building is drafty. We both had the beef Wellington, which was excellent and shared a bottle of wine. Our... More

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Went there for a Holiday meal. The ambience was perfect! The wood fire in the dining room set the stage for a culinary dream. Our excellent server,Dominick could'n have been more helpful.Descriptions of the various selections to chosing a great wine. Experience TALKS.. The food we chose really was exceptional.Perfectly paired with sides which accented the entire meal.The chef is... More

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Rexford, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

Past 2 visits to newport stopped for drinks. Great spot. Looks and feels like the oldest tavern in America, which is what makes it so charming. While there took a welcomed break from all electronic devices out of respect for a place better suited to hitching your horse than to tweeting to the world your drink choice. Personable, low key... More

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