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“A little piece of Europe in VA”

Hunter's Head Tavern
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Ranked #1 of 5 Restaurants in Upperville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: just west of the Citgo Station
Transit: We are located on the north side of Route 50.
Description: Experience our English-style Pub that serves traditional pub fare, fine dining cuisine and mouthwatering homemade desserts. Entrees and appetizers feature local farm meats (Certified HumaneR and Certified Organic) as well as local produce. From our famous burgers, to roasted chickens, to veal and pork chops, Hunter's Head Tavern provides a unique opportunity for customers to dine with confidence. Our main ingredients come from farms dedicated to maintaining the health and well-being of their animals as well as the land. Domestic and imported beers are available on tap along with an excellent wine selection including local and organic choices. Five different dining rooms and extensive outdoor seating during the warm seasons provide a dynamic dining experience whether you are looking for a family-friendly, romantic or cozy neighborhood environment. Pets are also welcome to dine on the patio.
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We have eaten here just a few times as it is a pretty good ride from the Springfield, VA area, but it is a pretty ride out to Upperville and you can stop in Middleburg along the way where there are lots of shops to browse. They do take reservations, and you can use Open Table to make them if you wish.

You can't miss this as it sits right beside Rt 50 in Upperville, and has the distinctive red English phone booth out front. The gravel parking lots holds a fair number of cars. You walk through a large wall entryway into an open patio area and you can feel like you've walked into a pub in England. You enter the tavern itself and hang a left into the bar area where the menu items are written on chalkboards on the wall and drinks are listed on chalkboards over the bar. You order your drinks and meal at the end of the bar and you are given a wooden spoon with a number on it, that you put into an empty wine bottle at your table so the server knows where to deliver your food. You pick up your drinks at the bar once you've ordered then head to your table.

We ate outside in the patio/garden area and it was very nice since it was a cool day. All the tables and chairs are heavy wood (like teak) and there are umbrellas over each table. There is a garden type area off the end of the patio and the whole area is very quiet and isolated from the nearby road. We have also eaten inside and it is very cozy and comfortable, with old European charm, and a nice fireplace for those cooler times of the year.

Food is pub style and is very good, if a little pricey. Of course this is probably to be expected since it is organic local farm meats and produce harvested from neighboring Ayrshire Farm. I had a cheeseburger ($13.50) and my wife had the Chicken Pot Pie ($14) - both were very good. There was also warm bread before the meal which was good. A pint of Harp lager was $4.95.

The service was excellent during our visit - food came within 5 minutes and the waiter checked back several times but was not intrusive. It started to sprinkle a bit when we were on the patio and they offered to move us inside, though we declined. Several folks had their dogs with them on the patio and the servers even brought bowls of water for the pets.

Would definitely recommend this place - very unique here in northern VA, good food, good service and a very nice patio area on nice days.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We had tree different dishes and all were very good. Shepard's Pie, Chicken Pot Pie, and Pork Loin sandwich. Started off with homemade bread and butter which is excellent. Meals came in a short period of time after ordering. Service was fine. The tavern was not busy on this Friday at lunch. Split a the tavern specialty of a cake with warm cream and caramel. It was very sweet and sharing was the smart thing to do.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

This place is SO unbelievably charming! True British pub experience in the heart of Northern Virginia. Step inside to order your drinks and meal at the bar. The menu is written on chalkboards posted on the walls (but there are also printed menus on the table as you enter). We had the coriander crusted pork loin sandwich (delicious), and the liver and onions (which I am not a fan of, but was convinced to try and actually went back for a few more bites, it was sooo good). For dessert, we had a parfait, and of course...sticky toffee pudding. Absolutely amazing! We sat out on the patio to enjoy the sunshine and take in the atmosphere. Beautiful day out to lounge in their comfy wooden deck chairs. This place is worth the trek, and I actually would have liked to have taken a more leisurely drive, stopping to visit historical sites, charming little shops, and enjoy the view. Plan a day around a visit to Upperville!

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We visited Hunters Head Tavern with close friends. Located in Upperville. Virginia - just outside Middleburg, this British-themed tavern offers a nice selection of beers on tap and a small but well-chosen wine list. The food was more refined then your run of the mill British fare, and presentation and service were spot-on. The only complaint from a few of our guests were the incessant insects outside, particularly the mosquitos. We will all return to this gem of a tavern, but if you should choose outside seating during the summer season, be sure to pack your Deet!

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Reviewed July 20, 2012

I have visited the Hunter's Head Tavern on many empty stomachs and their food never disappoints. It truly feels like an authentic tavern with a great selection of dishes.

Thank Laura M
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