Four Dogs Tavern was on my bucket list tonight because live music was provided by two fantastic musicians, Johnny Never and Zep Harpo. Favorite performers of ours, the duo plays “awesome Mississippi Delta blues, Piedmoont blues and East Texas Blues.”
The building is historic—old fieldstone covered in plaster located on winding tree-lined roads, out in the country. The building that houses the Four Dogs Tavern was originally the stables to the Marshalton Inn & Tavern, founded in 1804. The Marshalton Inn was popular to travelers due to the midway location between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
On the way to the entrance we peered through the pane and muntin windows to see the band and the packed house. Inside were meandering rooms with old, wide-plank floors and diagonally-panelled walls with a fireplace burning brightly in the corner.
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We found seats near Zep and Johnny and sat down for a Gastro pub experience with a fine dining price tag. Usually I don’t mention the price but we were a little surprised tonight. Just a little sticker shock. One glass of Jamison was $12 and one bowl of snapper soup cost $10 so the seltzer and cranberry mocktail that I enjoyed saved us a couple of bucks. We ordered jerk chicken wings and gruyere cheese & smoked salmon on sourdough bread which was deeelicious.
During the break the musicians joined us and we had some good laughs. Well-heeled patrons were friendly and photo-bombed our photos! The staff was super friendly and efficient and we stayed until the music stopped and most of the patrons went home.
Menu highlights include charcuterie boards & cheese flights, duck pate & charred octopus, and meatloaf & slow cooked pork.
History buffs may find this interesting: Just 27 years prior to the opening of the Marshalton Inn, the Village of Marshalton was central to the Battle of Brandywine in 1777. My ancestor was a revolutionary soldier in that battle! More History:
Feb 6, 2015
Four Dogs Tavern
Address: 1300 West Strasburg Road, West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: (610) 692-4367
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