Washington DC – Day Trip 1 – Historic Restaurant, Virginia

There are not too many places in America where you can still dine in an authentic Colonial building. This one is close to Washington, DC so go!

Hunter’s Head Tavern, built circa 1750, is in the Northern Virginia Piedmont. In Upperville, just west of Middleburg, along Hwy. 50, Hunter’s Head is a fine, stout English-style pub which still contains some striking remnants (mantels, plank and mortar walls) of the Colonial log cabin, known as the Old Car House (its original name).

The iron gate into the walled garden is said to have come from the old Upperville, Va., jail and the building has its fair supply of ghosts, including a middle-aged man dressed in Colonial-era brown.

The various rooms range from a hail-fellow post-house fireside to planter’s private dining nook; it can accommodate groups.

The Pub menu is classic British tavern: shepherd’s pie, ploughman’s platter, bangers and mash, fish and chips and more. The food can be inconsistent, so I would order items that are fresh and local, and less complex items if the tavern is busy.

In the Pub, ordering is “ordinary” style, in the traditional pub sense of the word: that means after ordering at a window, you take your table number to the bar window, and the food comes out from the back.

Mostly, you are going for the experience. The pub offers locals and travelers a step back in time, with the option of a traditional English pub menu OR a more avante-garde moderne bistro style menu and brunch offerings.

There’s also an extensive selection of on-tap beers, local and imported wines and locally-raised organic farm produce from Ayrshire Farm. Service varies. It is definitely above moderate in pricing. Hunters Head Tavern Menu. Maybe just soak up the ambience with light refreshment. The desserts are well-regarded and often sell-out.

The drive will take a little over an hour in decent traffic.

Leaving Washington D.C. go Interstate 66 West towards Front Royal
Stay on I-66 past I 95 & I 495 (beltway)
Exit on Route 50 West towards Winchester
Stay on Route 50 West through Middleburg to the town of Upperville.
The Hunter’s Head is a white building on the right, brook side in the valley in town.

Hunter’s Head Tavern
9048 John Mosby Highway
Upperville, VA 20184

Open seven days a week for dinner and are open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday. Outdoor seating is available in fine weather.

Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday, 11:30am – 9:30pm
Monday, 5pm – 9:30pm
Average Cost Per Person: $10-$20
Accessibility: Accessible
Telephone: Phone: (540) 592-9020

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