A Cuppa Joe and a Taste of the Arts

A Langhorne Borough mainstay, the Langhorne Coffee House sits on the corner of Bellevue and Maple in the center of town in the idyllic Bucks County, PA neighborhood. Dating back to the 1700s this area was known as Four Lanes End—a name that derives from the fact that the site was at the crossroads for travelers from Philadelphia to the Delaware River and Trenton, New Jersey.

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The quiet town of Langhorne played a small part in the history of the Revolutionary War. Beleaguered patriots fled across New Jersey in the winter of 1776 where the NJ Legislature then met in Langhorne. According to Langhorne and Vicinity in Olden Times by Samuel Eastburn “… they met in the house of Gilbert Hicks at Four Lanes End to consider the state of the country.” And this is precisely the building that now houses the aforementioned coffee house.

Although we’ve lived in Langhorne for nearly 6 1/2 years, Russ and I only ate breakfast (wildly popular) there once, and never lunch. So when good friend Paula Graham mentioned she’d like to take me out for a retirement luncheon, the coffeehouse immediately came to mind. On a late-September balmy Friday we made a quick dash over and I made the decision to sit indoors so Paula could get enjoy the full ambience of the place.

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Paula holds one of their mismatched mugs aptly inscribed with a “Friends” message.

We chose a table by the self-serve beverage station that offers a mixed bag of mugs, a selection of fresh-brewed coffee, every variety of loose leaf tea and bags, hot sauces galore, with a selection of accompanying condiments. All smiles, the waitstaff is very friendly without rushing you giving us time to catch up.

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At one point early in the conversation, Paula noticed she forgot to put her rings on before she left home. Shortly thereafter, I was ready to start snapping some pics for this blog when I realized I left my phone at home. Paula commented “that’s even worse than forgetting your rings!”

We chatted away for quite awhile before placing orders of nearly the same thing! The stuffed tomato salad appealed to both of us, mine with tuna, Paula’s with egg; each coming with a slew of pickle slices and a small bag of potato chips. While the meals are nothing super-fancy or out of the ordinary, the food is ample, well-made and freshly prepared.

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Nearly two hours had gone by when we noticed they were closing down for the day, so we headed for the door. Our waitress said goodbye but then quickly shouted “Wait, you DO have to pay!” Never having been given a tab, it didn’t occur to us that we hadn’t paid. Apparently that is more common than one would think…

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This popular little dining spot has both interior and exterior seating (when the weather allows) serving breakfast and lunch until 2:00 p.m. Local artist’s display their wares for sale on the walls and windowsills. The first Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m. is Artists on the Avenue, the coffee house’s monthly Artist Series. Each month a new fine art exhibition is executed and the artist(s) featured that particular month attends the opening reception for a meet and greet. I’m hoping to finally check out one of those very soon… perhaps even be the featured artist one day?

 

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