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William Penn Inn


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings

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Succulent and tender rib slowly roasted; served with au jus, crispy fried onions and our tangy sauce béarnaise
The Petite Cut (12-14 Oz. )
The Governor's Cut (16-18 Oz. )
The President's Cut (20-22 Oz. )
All entrées are served with au gratin, country mashed or baked potato and our chef's vegetable selection of the day. All small plates are served with country mashed potatoes and vegetable of the day. Small plates not available Friday, Saturday or during December. Side order of fresh asparagus with sauce hollandaise $3
Entree Plate $44.0
Small Plate $36.0
Broiled Filet Mignon
On a bed of caramelized leeks with a rosette of fresh herb butter and a side of sauce bearnaise
Entree Plate $35.0
Tournedos of Filets Mignon Au Poivre
Three petite filets mignon lightly crusted in cracked black peppercorns, pan-seared and finished with a cognac peppercorn sauce; crowned with crispy fried onions
Entree Plate $36.0
Small Plate $30.0
Veal Oscar
Sautéed nature of veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat, fresh asparagus spears and sauce hollandaise; on a pool of sauce bordelaise
Entree Plate $40.0
Penn's Surf and Turf
Two jumbo lump crabcakes paired with a broiled 8 oz. Filet mignon; served with sauce béarnaise
Entree Plate $48.0
Surf and Turf
One 6 oz. Lobster tail carefully baked; paired with a broiled 8 oz. Filet mignon
Entree Plate $40.0
Small Plate $34.0
Rack of Lamb Pommery
Marinated in olive oil with fresh herbs, baked to perfection and coated with a pommery mustard and roasted pine nut bread crumb crust; served on a pool of balsamic vinegar demi-glace
Entree Plate $25.0
Small Plate $20.0
Blackberry-Barbequed Pork Loin Chops
Boneless, brushed with a savory blackberry glaze and char-grilled; paired with toasted pecan stuffing
Entree Plate $27.0
Small Plate $21.0
Shrimp Francaise & Jumbo Lump Crabmeat
Five medium shrimp lightly egg-washed & jumbo lump crabmeat gently sautéed in a lemon butter scampi sauce; served with sautéed spinach over angel hair pasta
Entree Plate $36.0
Small Plate $30.0
Baked Chilean Sea Bass
Crusted with a pine nut and basil pesto and nestled on a bed of honey caramelized leeks; served with a savory lobster fumet
Entree Plate $28.0
Small Plate $22.0
Baked Maryland Crab Imperial
Our chef's authentic recipe
Entree Plate $8.0
Small Plate* $5.0
Bruschetta Medley
Grilled ciabatta sprinkled with parmesan cheese; teamed with a medley of creamy artichoke, olive tapenade and diced, vine-ripened tomatoes & fresh basil
Entree Plate $12.0
Small Plate* $9.0
Canadian Jail Island Smoked Salmon
Presented with creamed horseradish, inn-pickled red onions, fresh lemon, black pepper and grilled ciabatta
Entree Plate $15.0
Small Plate* $12.0
Chilled Shrimp Cocktail
With a tangy pepper vodka cocktail sauce
Entree Plate $16.0
Small Plate* $13.0
Chilled Colossal Crabmeat Cocktail
With a tangy pepper vodka cocktail sauce
Entree Plate $13.0
Small Plate* $10.0
Fresh Chesapeake Bay Oysters (Six)
With a tangy pepper vodka cocktail sauce
Entree Plate $8.0
Small Plate* $5.0
Fresh Cherrystone Clams (Six)
With a tangy pepper vodka cocktail sauce
Entree Plate $22.0
Small Plate* $19.0
Flight of Chilled Shellfish
Three jumbo shrimp, two blue point oysters and colossal crabmeat presented with cocktail sauce, sauce remoulade and a champagne mignonnette
Entree Plate $11.0
Small Plate* $8.0
Beef Carpaccio
Wafer-thin filet mignon seared rare, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkled with an artisanal sea salt; garnished with shaved reggiano parmigiano cheese and watercress
Entree Plate $16.0
Small Plate* $13.0
Two clams casino and one ginger & scallion crabcake teamed with three sea scallops wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon
Entree Plate $10.0
Small Plate* $7.0
Baked Clams Casino
With fines herbes, diced peppers and bacon
Entree Plate $10.0
Small Plate* $7.0
Escargots En Croute
Tender snails sauteed with mushrooms and baby spinach in a fines herbes garlic butter; presented in our inn-baked sourdough roll
Entree Plate $12.0
Small Plate* $9.0
Scallops on Horseback
Five sea scallops studded with fresh ginger and wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon; baked and served with a tangy pepper vodka cocktail sauce
Entree Plate $9.0
Small Plate* $6.0
Panko-Crusted Fresh Mozzarella Cheese,
Quick-fried; served with roasted tomatoes and a lemon, caper & basil butter sauce
Entree Plate $13.0
Small Plate* $10.0
Jumbo Lump Crabcake
With ginger & scallions in a light shrimp mousseline; lightly panko-crusted, pan-seared and served with a refreshing mango beurre blanc
Entree Plate (Cup) $7.0
Small Plate (Cup)* $4.0
Entree Plate (Bowl) $10.0
Small Plate (Bowl)* $7.0
Maine Lobster Bisque
Perfumed with cognac
Entree Plate (Cup) $5.5
Small Plate (Cup)* $2.5
Entree Plate (Bowl) $7.5
Small Plate (Bowl)* $4.5
William Penn's Snapper Soup
Dry sherry service
Entree Plate (Cup) $5.0
Small Plate (Cup)* $2.0
Entree Plate (Crock) $6.5
Small Plate (Crock)* $3.5
Baked French Onion Soup
Smothered with a delicate mixture of cheeses
Entree Plate $6.5
Small Plate* $3.5
Caesar Salad
Crisp romaine tossed with parmesan cheese and lightly roasted garlic croutons in our tangy caesar dressing
Entree Plate $6.5
Small Plate* $3.5
Granny Smith Apple Salad
With candied walnuts, sliced strawberries and goat cheese; tossed with field greens in an apple cider ginger vinaigrette
Entree Plate $6.5
Small Plate* $3.5
Wedge of Iceberg Lettuce
Topped with applewood-smoked bacon, creamy blue cheese dressing, diced tomatoes and crumbled blue cheese
Choice of house or spinach salad served with all entrées
House Salad
Field greens, romaine, baby spinach, shredded carrots, cucumbers, red cabbage and grape tomatoes; choice of inn-made dressings
Spinach Salad
Served with sliced kennett square mushrooms, chopped egg and grape tomatoes; topped with your choice of hot bacon or honey mustard dressing
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

We dine at the William Penn Inn for special occasions and whenever we want to enjoy an extra special dinner. Our most recent visit was exceptional. Superb service and an outstanding meal. We enjoy dining in the bar area. Cozy and there is a harpist...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Bigredpcj
GDowling, Manager at William Penn Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words - I will be sure to pass on to the team!

Reviewed June 19, 2018

We usually visit here around the holidays. They do a fantastic job on their seasonal decorations! The bars are comfortable and the bar staff are terrific mixologists! The menu is full of delicious choices from seafood to American favorites! Our favorite place to dine and...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Thomas M
Reviewed June 18, 2018

we have visited previously last year, reservations required in advance, expensive, good selections, great options, prime rib was fair, veal Oscar was excellent as was the sea food combinations. wine expensive.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank petz24
Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

For our nine year anniversary, my boyfriend and I decided to try the William Penn Inn. We were very impressed with our experience. We were seated in the Commonwealth Room, one of three dining areas within the establishment. It was traditionally decorated, with beautiful mirrors...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank asx297
Reviewed June 11, 2018

We recently visited the William Penn Inn for their Sunday brunch. We were seated immediately in a very sunny room across from the dessert buffet table. They are very smart to place the hot items table in one area, the carving station in another and...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank mussarim
Reviewed June 6, 2018

Food was good as was service. I thought the restaurant interior was rather stuffy and dated though. Some specials were offered which some of the guests at the table tried and enjoyed. One visit though may be enough; I just didn't dig the restaurant's claustrophobic...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank annarchynyc
GDowling, Manager at William Penn Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Good afternoon, Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you felt about your dining experience. We do have another dining room which is located on the second floor called the Commonwealth Club. It has an abundance of windows and natural light...More

Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

This has always been our favorite place. It has everything: style, beautiful ambiance, gracious service, and outstanding food. Price matches the quality, perhaps even better. We love it. It makes all the others border on rustic.

Date of visit: May 2018
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

We have visited the William Penn Inn on many special occasions, and it is one of our local favorites. In fact, when my wife's sister comes, she and my wife have made it a tradition to go to the William Penn for lunch! We even...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank DonH
Reviewed May 8, 2018 via mobile

The food was delicious! Crab cake sliders and sweet potato fries !!! Bread basket had assorted rolls and zucchini bread!! Yummy! You got to go!!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Pat-from-Philly
Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile

Thank you to Caryn Allen, Robin and the rest of the staff at WPI for helping to make my daughters First Holy Communion Party a great success! Food and service were great and our guests had a wonderful time! It was a beautiful day! Thank...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank phillygirl768
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Wendy T
September 20, 2018|
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Response from Nicholas M | Reviewed this property |
I suspect not, but call them to query whether they have corkage fees for wines for special occasions
Wendy T
September 20, 2018|
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Response from Thomas M | Reviewed this property |
No, they have a bar service,!
December 24, 2016|
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Response from Gretchen1960 | Property representative |
They are given out to you when you dine in the restaurants after Thanksgiving through the month of December.
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