by GSA Roberta Wells
Gilmanton is a quintessential, charming, New England Village that today is a bit off the beaten path yet not far from everything. Route 107 runs right through the heart of the town and provides a scenic drive with occasional sweeping views.
Located in the center of Gilmanton’s historic district there is an architectural and historic treasure, the Temperance Tavern circa 1793. Throughout its history this building served as a Stage Coach Stop on the Canada to Dover Road, the town’s post office, a court house and a Masonic Lodge. It was even a boarding house for students of the Gilmanton Academy (which is now the Town Hall of Gilmanton located directly across the street).
Today this piece of history has been revived in the form of the Gilmanton Pub. There is charm and character and a friendly welcome from the moment you walk through the door. And the outside seating area is an oasis with tables spilling from it’s rustic stone dust patio down onto the grassy garden.
The menu is eclectic with offerings from Louisiana Gumbo to Beef Bourguignon to a Ham sandwich. The rustic Tri Berry Tart for dessert simply melts in your mouth. Everything is fresh and locally sourced.
Having found this hidden gem, I can’t wait to return.
The restaurant is currently opened Wednesday thru Sundays 5-10pm. Reservations are encouraged.