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Dining Out: New American pub-style menu set for holidays

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A year and a half after its renovation and reopening, the casually upscale Water Wheel Tavern outside Doylestown has a new American pub-style menu and is ready for the fall and winter party season.

The new menu still offers favorites such as cheesesteak eggrolls, sandwiches and burgers, but has become “a little more upscale with more health options,” explains general manager Jim Daven.

That means that in addition to the popular beef “Mac Attack” Burger with mac and cheese fritters, applewood bacon, fondue, cheddar cheese and sriracha ketchup, customers are ordering the “Impossible Burger,” a vegetarian option that is topped with roasted beets, goat cheese, fresh dill aioli and baby arugula.

Customers also can build their own burger starting with a beef or vegetarian patty or grilled chicken breast, and add on cheeses, vegetarian chili or a variety of other toppings.

Popular entrees include the fish and chips, which Daven said has drawn native English men and women who have told him it is as good as what they can get at home. Other dishes include the Caribbean pork with mango salsa, grilled Faroe Island salmon, steak frites and twin crab cakes with fingerling potato hash and asparagus.

There also are more salads on the menu including beet, Caesar, Greek and grilled romaine. Desserts now include a selection of seasonal mini-parfaits for a sweet finish to a meal.

The Water Wheel has become a favorite family restaurant for local residents as well as a popular choice for private parties. Heading into the holiday season, the Water Wheel is booking business holiday parties as well as birthday parties, bar and bas mitzvahs, showers and rehearsal dinners.

The Cellar Bar is a popular destination for football games with a tailgate menu and beer specials. The cellar, which has a large-screen television, is designed to have “an English pub feel,” said Daven. There also is a large upstairs bar with three large-screen televisions.

The Water Wheel also has added a happy hour, Sunday brunch buffet with live music and a 30-minute express lunch. Music also is performed Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Names of bands are listed on the Water Wheel website.

The circa 1714 Water Wheel was purchased by Bill Haas, owner of the historic Pen Ryn Estate, a popular wedding venue in Bensalem. Haas renovated the Water Wheel extensively before reopening it last year. A popular outdoor patio bar opened this past summer and will reopen in the spring.

Water Wheel Tavern

4424 Old Easton Road, Plumstead

(GPS Doylestown)

215-348-8300

waterwheeltavern.com

Cost:

Starters $6-$15, sandwiches and burgers $10-$15, entrees $14-$28. Brunch buffet $9.95-$19.95.

Customer favorites:

roasted cauliflower wings, burgers, cheesesteak eggrolls, Faroe Island salmon, fish and chips, Caribbean pork, vegetarian “impossible” burger.

Hours:

11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Happy hour 4-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Full bar

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