Tavern On The Hill: Pub Food That Will Surprise You| 02.26.17
Best Features: Large U shaped Bar; Great Lunch Items; Great Apps/snacks, plenty of parking
The Downside: Not a great place for younger kids; Dining area is small; If there’s live music it is hard to hear in dining section
Average Price Range: $15-$30 a person
Mountain Rating: 6.5/10
The Tavern on the Hill restaurant in Newport, Vermont is a nice place to grab lunch or spend happy hour.
The large bar area is perfect for meeting up with friends because it’s U shape allows a group of people to sit comfortably while still being able to see one another. This also makes it a fun place to watch football.
There isn’t a lot of seating in the dining area so getting a table on a busy night is difficult. That is why I like to come here at lunch.
Though many bars or taverns serve food, The Tavern is a step above the rest.
At different times we have tried the wings, nachos, mini tacos, burgers, the pulled pork sandwich, and the buffalo chicken wrap.
The last time I was there, I took my son – a 13 year old burger critic!
And we were very surprised.
I hadn’t eaten here in a while, and the previous few visits had been just for apps and drinks with friends.
I ordered fish and chips, and my son ordered a bacon cheese burger. When my meal came, I remembered why I liked the place.
The portion was huge for starters. Often when I order fish and chips I get a few 1-2 oz. pieces over a pile of fries. This was not the case this time.
A got a large filet, fried crispy. There wasn’t a half inch of soggy, tasteless batter encasing the fish – instead that batter was flavorful, and the fish was well cooked.
A look over at my son told me he was happy with his meal.
Even that burger couldn’t hold up to a teenage boy’s appetite, but judging by the size of it, I don’t think I would have been able to finish it.
The lunch time crowd on a Thursday was pretty good. The bar area was mostly full, but the dining area had tables open.
Service was a little slow, but there was only one person on the bar and she was waiting tables as well so I didn’t judge too harshly. But the gal was nice and checked in on us a few times so we enjoyed our lunch.
Come happy hour the place becomes more like a bar, and there is often live music.
I would recommend trying the Tavern on the Hill if you’re looking for a fun atmosphere to enjoy good tavern food, simple fare cooked very well, or a place to get a few drinks with friends.