In a state full of as much history as New Hampshire, it’s no wonder that many of our restaurants have their own stories to tell. These 8 eateries each have an interesting back story – why not learn something while you enjoy your meal?
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Fox Tavern at the Hancock Inn, Hancock
The charming Hancock Inn is home to the state's oldest restaurant, recently renamed The Fox Tavern. Established in 1789, the restaurant serves delicious interpretations of New England favorites using locally-sourced ingredients. Check it out at 33 Main St, Hancock, NH 03449.
2. Old Ferry Landing, Portsmouth
The Old Ferry Landing is a great seafood joint that's been in operation since 1975 - but the history of the building goes back much further. Before the turn of the 20th century, there was no easy way to get across the Piscataqua River between the coasts of New Hampshire and Maine, so the building was constructed as a ferry terminal. Enjoy the history, view, and great food at 10 Ceres Street Portsmouth, NH.
3. The Old Courthouse Restaurant, Newport
As you may have guessed, this restaurant is housed in a historic courthouse, built in 1826. It's on the National Register of Historic Places, and houses the Newport Historical Society's museum on the second floor. On the first, you'll find delicious dining in an elegant setting. Enjoy the ambiance at 30 Main St, Newport, NH.
4. Red Arrow Diner, Manchester
This Manchester standby has been open since 1922, and has long been a must-visit spot for presidential candidates during New Hampshire's primary season. This past election, 95% of candidates visited the diner. See what all the fuss is about at 61 Lowell St Manchester, NH.
5. Stickney's Restaurant, Bretton Woods
The Omni Mount Washington Hotel is justly famous for being the site of the 1944 Bretton Woods International Monetary Conference, which set much of the trade and monetary policy that built the modern world. Throughout the 20th century it was a renowned escape for the influential and wealthy. There are several superb dining options in the hotel, but we recommend Stickney's Restaurant for its great steakhouse cuisine. Visit at 310 Mt Washington Hotel Rd Bretton Woods, NH 03575.
6. The Coach Stop Restaurant and Tavern, Londonderry
This Londonderry restaurant is housed in an 1810 Colonial homestead that was converted into a tavern and stagecoach stop in the late 19th century. Today you can enjoy the historic property while enjoying steaks, seafood, and more. They're located at 176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry NH 03053.
7. Library Restaurant, Portsmouth
The Library Restaurant in Portsmouth is not, in fact, located in an old library, but the library theme inside perfectly suits the building. The historic Rockingham House was built for a judge in 1785, and for some time served as a hotel. Its gorgeous antique paneling and details make for a truly romantic dinner setting. The restaurant serves all sorts of steakhouse favorites, and great martinis. Visit at 401 State St Unit 5, Portsmouth, NH 03801.
8. Holy Grail Food & Spirits, Epping
Housed in what was once St. Joseph's Church, built in 1895, this Irish pub features original stained glass windows, soaring ceilings, and pew-like booths. It's an experience like no other to eat there! Enjoy it at 64 Main St, Epping, NH 03042.
Where are your favorite historic restaurants in New Hampshire? Feel free to share below.