While staying at the Wolfeboro Inn, my wife and I walked through the main lobby toward the Wolfe's Tavern. The inclusion of a great restaurant often makes a great hotel, and the Wolfe's Tavern creates the perfect combination.
In the early evening of our first night at the Inn, we sat in the pub area to have a drink. The bartender, Kristen, was so good to us, especially when she found out that I had never been to Wolfeboro before. She treated us as if we were old friends. The locals love this place, and with good reason. She made us feel as though we fit in like locals.
The pub and restaurant area has an old, rustic, mountain lodge feel. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Pewter beer steins and mugs hang from the ceiling with different numbers to identify them for guests who frequent the pub.
The bar has that old wood look, and the wooden floors almost talk to guests about the history of the building as they softly creek while walking across.
After talking with Kristen, and then meeting George, the General Manager, we decided to have dinner in the tavern that night. We made a reservation for a couple of hours later, and it was the best meal decision that we made in Wolfeboro.
The woman who served us our dinner, Becky, was one of the most outgoing and friendly people whom we've met in a long time. She gave us great recommendations for food and wine, and she was right on target with her suggestions.
Our dinner was served quickly, and we noticed that it didn't look like typical restaurant food. Presentation was super professional, and it also had a homemade look and taste. Portions were off the charts. I have a huge appetite, and it is quite rare that I am unable to finish my meal. My dinner won. I wasn't able to finish. Portions are more than generous, and the prices should probably have been more than what they charged for what we received.
Something that we noticed during dinner, and thoroughly impressed us, was that the staff seems to be a close, tight-knit family. The chef came out to meet his wife and their little boy, who absolutely loved the moose head on the wall. He was able to sit with them and have a meal with his family. We loved that the Wolfe's Tavern and the Wolfoboro Inn seem to encourage that family feel for their employees.
The next morning, we decided to have breakfast in the tavern. Again, we were not let down. My breakfast quesadilla was absolute perfection. My wife ordered the "Soderburg." Highly recommended. Mandy, the woman who served us our breakfast, continued the perfect feeling that we felt from Kristen and Becky the night before. She was attentive to us while busy with other guests, but gave us space and freedom with no rush.
After we finished, we got up to head out and saw Becky, our server from the night before, sitting in the restaurant with her little girl. She remembered us and was so nice. I can't say enough about how wonderful a feeling it was to see how happy staff were while they were at work, or even visiting during their off hours. That says so much about how they are treated by management. We absolutely loved the family feel and vibe among the staff.
We had multiple experiences in the Wolfe's Tavern, and all made us feel welcome. Whether or not guests stay in the Inn that is attached, or somewhere else, the Wolfe's Tavern is a must-do. Everything about the tavern was perfect, from food, to drinks, to staff, to the look, feel and vibe of the restaurant and pub.
The Wolfe's Tavern has a special charm that will stay with you long after you leave. Don't miss out.