The Old Talbott Tavern is in the very center of Bardstown’s downtown area. The Tavern is not only an eating and drinking establishment there are sleeping rooms available. The steps leading to the lobby shows a 1790 date. The lobby area has been concerted to a gift show however this is where you go to get seated for dinner or to check in to your hotel room. To the left is the old dining room bar. There is seating before two very large fireplaces and the bar is o in the front next to the windows facing the street. The bar was not in use the night we were there. There is a Bourbon bar on the opposite side of the restaurant and that bar was very much open. There is a limited menu for dinner. I ordered the Southern fried chicken, even there a note on the menu stated it would take 55 minutes to prepare. I ask the waitress and she stated there was some about ready and it would take only a few minutes. The chicken was rolled in a flour batter and fried. It was not crusty and the inside of the meat was still moist. While the chicken was good the price was a little high (almost $17) and especially for this small town.The salad served was just OK, the green beans a little soggy and the cornbread had been made with a very course ground meal. I would say the meal was an expensive southern cooking type presentation. After dinner we took a turn upstairs in the area whwerre the hotel rooms are. If you want to say that you have stayed in a very old tavern/inn, then go for it. You have to carry your luggage up two lights of old wooden steps. The name son the doors of each room are interesting, such as the Jesse James Room and the General Quarters. Their are some historical sketches posted on the wall in the hallway where the rooms are located. There is also a very nice large dining room which had been set up but was not in use the day we were there. The wait service was very good. Seating took a could on minutes as the young girls were involved in a personal conversation so we waited and waited even though there were very few guest in the dining room. Parking is on the street plus a few parking spaces to the side of the tavern. I think this is an event for tourist and more than likely you will enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic Inn and restaurant. Stay where the likes of The James Gang, Abraham Lincoln, and General George S. Patton have visited. You will find a vast amount of history in this building. Enjoy the world's oldest bourbon bar and eat great southern cooking in our restaurant. Full breakfast is included. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Talbott Tavern Hotel Bardstown