Fare: American Traditional Tavern
Food Quality: 2 1/2 Stars
Service: 2 1/2 Stars
Decor: 3 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
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1/2 Star = poor to
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Cozy, warm,historic ambiance, especially during the winter holiday season with fireplaces and holiday decorations.
Outdoor dining on the attractive garden patio.
Noise Level: Moderate
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy high end American tavern food with attractive warm, cozy, historic Ambiance.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer a a large menu food in a casual family setting
Recommended dishes: When available, The U.S.D.A. Prime NY Sirloin Black Pepper Crusted Sirloin with Sauce Au Poivre, Grilled Asparagus, and Fingerling Potato; The Kalbi Korean Style Grilled Shortribs with Jalapeno Cornbread, and Hoisin Glazed Baby Vegetables; and The Wild Mushroom Ravioli Roasted Mushrooms and Squash, Fortified Mushroom Broth, Ricotta, and Truffle Oil.
Liquor: Full service bar an extensive selection of American Craft and imported Beers
The Fox and Hound Tavern at the Lebanon Hotel (formerly the Cokesbury Inn) is an historic restaurant dating back to the 1800's when it served as a stagecoach Inn.
The tavern is owned and operated by George Owen and George Donzella with Jeorge Porrino running the kitchen as Executive Chef.
The menu at the Fox and Hound is high end, traditional American tavern, with a decent selection of well preared , steaks, lamb, pork, chicken, and seafood entrees . The menu also offers burgers (both meat and veggie), clams, oysters, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.
Both the quaitly and the prices of the menu items are equally high, and both being higher than typically found at other NJ taverns.
Having said that, the Fox and Hound Tavern is more than a rustic neighborhood bar, it's a destination restaurant with a historic past that has been beautifully renovated for dining patrons to enjoy in a warm, cozy setting.
The front exterior of the historic building remains from the original hotel and has a circa 1850's section that connects the two older structures. The interior is rustic, upscale with the original brick and beam walls, fireplaces, restored wide-plank pumpkin pine floors, a copper-top bar, and a courtyard.
There are three dining areas with each providing an attractive setting for dining.
The main dining room is the more formal of the three, quieter and upscale. The bar area is also upscale with a large Chicago-style bar, hi-top tables, banquette, and fireplace surrounded by wainscoting and antiqued tin.
The main dining room on the first floor features two fireplaces surrounded by rich red damask-papered walls, creamy alabaster moldings and restored wide plank pumpkin pine floors. Second floor intimate dining and conference rooms each have fireplaces.
During the warmer months there is outdoor dining on the attractive garden patio, and on the front porch. The garden patio dining area is surrounded by trees, shrubs, and flowers, and tables covered with attractive umbrellas.
The Fox and Hound Tavern is open 7 days/week for lunch, dinner and cocktails, and on holidays for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. The ambiance, especially during the winter holiday season is very warm and welcoming with fireplaces and holiday decorations.
(updated October, 2018)
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