Leave 21st century Pennsylvania for 13th century England when you cross the threshold and enter
Stokesay Castle in Reading. The hidden Pennsylvania castle, now a restaurant, allows visitors to feel as though they’ve stepped into the pages of an old-fashioned fairy tale.
A simple sign announces your arrival at Stokesay Castle, designed as an ode to 13th century England. Sprawled across 10 acres, the castle was built by locals who worked to carefully replicate features - such as hand carved beams - that allow visitors to feel as though they've stepped back in time.
Pull up the winding drive for your first glimpse of the castle built for the Hiester family. The luxurious property served as the family's vacation home from the time it was built in 1931 until 1956 when they decided to sell it.
By the 1970s, the elegant grounds of Stokesay Castle had become a popular restaurant in Reading. The castle's history almost came to a sudden halt, however, when the doors permanently shut in 2007.
Fortunately, the closure of 2007 merely meant the end of a chapter. A new chapter in this castle's fairy tale began in 2009, when Jack Gulati purchased the property and spent millions to restore it to its former glory.
Today, Stokesay Castle hosts weddings, banquets, and other special events, allowing community members to make their own fairy tales spring to life.
Stokesay Castle also features The Lord's Dining Room for a fine dining experience. Or, if you prefer a more casual meal, opt for the Knight's Pub.
Call ahead for reservations to the Lord's Dining Room, which serves guests Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Browse the menu which features an array of starters, sides, and entrees, the latter of which includes filet Mignon, pan seared sea bass, and NY strip steak.
Toast your fairy tale evening at the Lord's Dining Room with a glass of wine. The fine dining establishment features a total of 12 different red and white wines.
Indulge in delicious food and spellbinding surroundings at the Knight's Pub where dinner is served Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Knight's Pub features a dinner menu and a special children's menu. The menu includes such pub favorites as Shepherd's pie, steak and cheese pot pie, and fish and chips, in addition to seafood, steaks, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and soups.
Step into a fairy tale setting at this hidden Pennsylvania castle. Enjoy fine dining or a casual meal as you soak in the magnificent details of the restored castle. And, if you like Stokesay Castle,
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