Tankard Taverne | Lake George, NY
As you've learned from my other New Year adventures in Lake George, we dined mostly in the Fort William Henry Hotel.
For lunch on the first afternoon, we ventured through the hotel halls to the Tankard Taverne.
Tankard Taverne | The Interior
When you first enter this large room you see the wall of windows on the left. They overlook the outdoor patio, hill, and lake.
Immediately to your right is the wooden bar (which felt like a polished, Pinterest project). Past the bar is a dining room with a mix of four-person seats. In the center of the room is a tall fireplace with two leather chairs perched in front of it.
On the walls, flat screened TVs played football or news with subtitles. In the corner by the bar, a red, vintage popcorn machine filled the room with the smell of butter and salt.
The Lunch Menu
We were the only people who sat down for lunch in the dining room that first afternoon. We received a menu, which I found out, is from an older restaurant in the area.
Either way, we ordered Caesar salads as a reasonable dish to judge the restaurant. (Because really, how can you mess up a Caesar salad?)
The best part of this salad was those little pieces of toasted bread with spices.
The salad came in a large bowl and (as you can see) had shaved cheese over top. I personally, would've liked more dressing on it, but overall it was a good lunch portion. I believe it was $9.
The bartender was also our waitress. She seemed new but was friendly and attentive. We sat at a 4-person table right next to the window.
A bar-top fire pit called to me from their outdoor patio. In the distance, the hill overlooked the strip of summer shops, and then the frozen lake and docked boats.
The Dinner Menu
For New Year's Eve we came back to the Tankard Taverne. Fireworks were scheduled right outside so we planned to sit from the top of the hill and watch them.
Our dinner menu was The Tankard Taverne's everyday menu. But they also had New Year's Eve specials, such as:
Smoked Salmon Garni
Vegetable Stuffed Portabella Mushroom
House Garden Salad
Sweet Potato & Crab Bisque
Pan Seared Chicken Champignon
Crab Stuffed Sole Beurre Blanc
Roast Prime Rib Au Jus
Penne Pesto Prima Vera
I didn't try their fancy several course meal, but I did order their pulled pork sandwich (my other go-to dinner dish).
This was the type of dish I was expecting from a bar/tavern type of restaurant: classic comfort food with homemade, local ingredients.
The chips were hand-cut, warm and salty from the fryer. The coleslaw was peppery and mellow, piled on top of the tender pork. This portion was more than enough for me and was a perfect, cozy dish for a winter night.
I believe my sandwich cost $12. We were so excited for the fireworks, that I didn't note as much detail on this menu.
The Tankard Taverne has a beautiful bar and dining area. Considering it was a holiday, the kitchen and staff managed the room well and offered many dishes.
The lake view, inviting fireplace, and central location within the Fort William Henry Hotel are some of the top reasons why you should stop in and try their food.