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“Gladly recommended”

The Historic Lancaster Tavern
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Lancaster
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $35
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Historic Lancaster Tavern has been serving great drinks and wonderful cuisine since 1790. Our cuisine is New Southern Cuisine focus on particularly the Plantation South culinary region begins just south of the Mason-Dixon Line in north central Maryland, where it's bounded on the east by the Chesapeake Bay Shore region and on the west by the Appalachian South region. It encompasses much of Virginia and the eastern Carolinas, then sweeps southwestward along America's coastal plain.
Reviewed December 3, 2012

On a late autumn Monday night in Kilmarnock, VA, there wasn't much to choose from for a nice dinner. We decided to try the Lancaster Tavern up the road in Lancaster, Virginia which we had noticed on the way to Kilmarnock. We found it to be a very good choice.

The Tavern is part of a Colonial style B & B which we were told had a history of more than 200 years serving food and drink. Molly greeted us and provided professional service and friendly conversation throughout our dinner. The home-cooking-style-menu was balanced between meat and seafood selections, which ranged from meatloaf, ribs, ribeye and chicken pot pie to an oyster platter, scallops, crab cakes, seafood pasta, and a seafood platter. I ordered the meatloaf, and received two huge slices in gravy that were delicious.

Beverages include beer, wine and cocktails, all reasonably priced. Entree prices were reasonable also, ranging from $14 for the meatloaf to the high twenties for some of the seafood items. The decor is Colonial and both interesting and attractive. There is parking onsite.

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Thank practans
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We just spent two wonderful days and nights at this quaint, friendly and very historic B&B. While the room was nice and the food good, the best part was the staff. We had many fun and informative conversations with Keon, the executive chef. He's very knowledgeable about all things food and drink. Molly and Louise took great care of us at meal time (dinner and breakfast). We found the Lancaster Tavern from Living Social. The promotion included 2 wine tasting. Since one of the wineries was closed, Keon gave us our own private wine tasking. There are two suites for overnight stay. We were in the James Dennis suite (separate bed and living rooms) which was decorated with rich antiques. Keon recommended this room for us because we cycle and thought we'd enjoy the Jacuzi bath - which we did after a 25 mile scenic ride. We are looking forward to returning to the Lancaster Tavern, but next time during the summer when there is more going on in the nearby towns.

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Thank BillCates
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We have been to Lancaster Tavern for a lovely Sunday brunch, and an evening meal.
Can't say enough wonderful things about the Tavern. Food was excellent, always fresh and beautifully served. Staff is very attentive and helpful. Prices are very reasonable. Owner, Brenda always makes you feel very much at home. Please try this lovely old restored Tavern, will leave very pleased.

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Thank PEGGY B
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

A lovely, unassuming Colonial Tavern on the side of the road...but don't be surprised to find it hard to get a table without a reservation on the weekend! Delicious traditional food at a good price...freshly caught fish, veggies, sauces not too heavy. A delightful staff provided just the right amount of attention. Intimate tables lend to conversation that doesn't need to compete with other guests, loud music or blaring TVs. We enjoyed our evening and look forward to returning for a stay in one of the guest rooms another fine dinner.

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Thank Deb1776VA
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

This was our second time visting Lancaster Tavern. The four of us decided to order something differnt just so we could sample each others food. The food was truelly FANTASTIC. We ordered meatloaf, shrimp and grits, salmon and fried seafood platter. Brenda the owner stopped at our table to thank us for coming and welcomed us back. We will be back.

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Thank Becky B
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