Located between Newtown and New Hope PA, the historic Pineville Hotel was built in 1742, serving as the town’s major landmark. It’s front porch was a central gathering place for locals and the site of sales of public land, livestock and equipment. Since then, the tavern has seen many transformations from feed mill to general store to a hotel.
Pineville Tavern, the old coaching Bucks County pub appears to be a popular local hang out, which built their reputation on a tradition of fresh, homemade food. Having been there only sporadically since moving to Bucks County over 30 years ago, and spurred on by the fact that it was actually featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Triple D) several years ago—one of my Food Network faves—I figured it was time to revisit. And Russ and good friends Barb and Brad were all-to-willing to join me in scoping it out on a recent Friday night.
Not taking reservations, we were told to call 20 minutes before arriving to get our names on the list. Once there, we were seated immediately at a four-top in the bar area which exuded an intimate vibe through dark coffered ceilings and a rich mahogany bar, both dating back decades. We had a chuckle over the dark red tiled floor because it brought back memories of Barb’s old house in Yardley and the basement from my childhood home in Michigan.
The extensive menu of elevated tavern fare is quite diverse and offers homemade dishes prepared from scratch with a wide variety of options ranging from appetizers, burgers, pizzas, pastas and sandwiches to soups and salads. They also serve a lengthy selection of draft, craft and bottled beers, and a limited array of wine by the glass—plus a full-service bar if you are so inclined.
While Guy Fieri of Triple D recommends the Snapper Soup with the “savory, gravy-like soup with chewy chunks of snapper turtle; and the perfectly balanced handmade ravioli and marinara sauce for pasta lovers;” we opted for other choices.
The Patty Melt Burger on grilled rye was just the ticket for Brad.
Barb thoroughly enjoyed her Corned Beef Reuben.
Brad, a self-avowed burger man, chose the Patty Melt Burger with Swiss Cheese and Fried Onions on Grilled Rye with a side of fries. Mrs. Brad (that would be Barb) wasted no time in zeroing in on the New York “Style” Corned Beef Rueben, also paired with french fries. Russ was the only one of us who went for an entrée selecting the Broiled Salmon with Chef’s Vegetables (in his case fries and green beans.)
Russ opted to have fries served wth his salmon.
I had a hard time deciding, but I knew I wasn’t in the mood for either a sandwich or an entree; or pasta or pizza for that matter. Finally, it was two appetizers that appealed to me: Zucchini Fries with Homemade Ranch Dressing and Jim’s Shrimp. Both were thumbs-up delicious!
This shrimp appetizer was so full of flavor!
Zucchini fries were piping hot and crispy on the outside with creamy interiors.
While our food was good, and the drinks not too pricey, the service was not the best. But I do want to return, especially in the warmer weather when the outdoor patio opens back up.
Brad, Barb and Russ were kind enough to pose for a parting shot on the coldest night in 8 years!