First thing, this place is for tourists. The waiters are in period clothes, they sell cookbooks and DVD's from the show that the chef has on PBS, and the menu contains things like Wassail. (Which, of course, I had to try and was very happy with.) But I enjoyed it. The building and furnishings and everything make you feel like nothing has changed since the place was built. (Although it is not the original building.) The water is served in a pewter goblet that seems to keep the water extra cold and they give you an assortment of breads that were all unique and quite tasty. I got shrimp cocktail as an appetizer and the spice rub on them was very good. I got the beef pie turnover. The meat was nice and tender, the red wine sauce was flavorful and rich, and the pastry shell was light and flaky. It was delicious. For dessert I got the blackberry cheesecake. It was smooth and creamy and perfectly delightful. Our waiter, Greg, was wonderful too. He was helpful, friendly and attentive and when he had a moment where everyone had everything they needed he gave us the history of the tavern while we ate. And after lunch he was happy to recommend places I should go and things I should see while I was in Philadelphia. It was a nice afternoon, the food was really good and there were some other items on the menu that I would be interested in trying if I ever make it back to Philadelphia. But if I lived there I don't know how often I would go. I'm afraid the charm of the place could wear off over time. But if you are visiting, especially if you are there for the history, I would definitely recommend that you stop by.
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