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Dining Out — Restaurant Roving: An old inn, family-friendly and party-friendly

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Locals call it “The Plum,” and can barely remember a time when it wasn’t a favorite destination for food, drinks, special occasion parties and Sunday brunch.

Built in 1751 as a stagecoach stop, the Plumsteadville Inn is among Bucks County’s historic inns that were built to last. Purchased by the Evangelista family in 2010, it has been restored and enhanced with an array of dining rooms ranging from the casual tavern area to the white tablecloth Chandelier Room to the sports-themed Phillies Room.

The menu at the inn is designed to be family friendly, including Tuesdays when children 12 and younger eat for free.

Diners can choose from a broad menu designed to satisfy a variety of tastes. Meat-eaters can choose from burgers to filet mignon to surf and turf or opt for the popular steak specials. Seafood fans can dine on lobster tails, shrimp, salmon or scallops, while those who enjoy comfort food can opt for chicken pot pie, meatloaf, sautéed liver or fish and chips.
Bavarian cuisine is represented on the menu by jaeger and weiner schnitzels, which are pan-fried pork or veal cutlets finished with white wine lemon caper sauce. Vegetarians can choose from the black bean burger and the veggie stir fry.

Dinner specials are especially popular, said Christopher Arnold, general manager for the inn. Those include dishes such as Chilean sea bass, mussels and clams.

The kitchen staff is very hands-on, Arnold said. “We make as much from scratch as possible.” That includes butchering meats by hand, and making soups, sauces and salad dressings.

In addition to serving food, the inn has resumed offering rooms after decades of operating only as a restaurant. Eight guest rooms are located in the area of the building that was built in 1751.

Regular events include Pinochle Mondays, Comfort Food Wednesdays and Prime Rib Saturdays while special dance parties, dinner shows and tribute bands paired with three-course meals are scheduled throughout the year. Next on the schedule is an ‘80s dance party on Feb. 21.

Reservations also are being taken for the next Mother’s Day brunch, which is so popular that it fills the 220-seat restaurant. The brunch is second only to New Year’s Eve for popularity at the Plum.

The inn also is a favorite local option for birthday and holiday parties as well as showers. Off-site catering also is on the upswing, Arnold said.

PLUMSTEADVILLE INN
5902 Easton Road, Plumsteadville
215-766-7500
plumsteadvilleinn.com

Hours:
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. (brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Cost:
Starters $6-$14, entrees $14-$38, sandwiches and burgers $10-$15.

Customer favorites:
Steak specials, chicken parmesan, crab cakes, burgers.

Full bar

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