Latham House Tavern
Author’s note: Beginning this issue, The Norwich Times will spotlight restaurants throughout the Upper Valley that our readers may enjoy visiting. Our first profile is of the new Latham House Tavern in Lyme.
This summer, a new restaurant, the Latham House Tavern, opened its doors in Lyme. The restaurant is part of Dowds’ Country Inn, a long established area lodging and event center.
Patrick Dowd said work on the Latham House Tavern began in November of last year, and the tavern was ready to welcome diners in early July. Providing a place for guests of the inn as well as area residents which offers good food at reasonable prices in a comfortable setting was the goal in establishing the new eatery, said Dowd. “We want to provide a good variety of menu items and have things that are affordable,” Dowd said.
The atmosphere for the 80-seat tavern is very appropriate for its northern New England setting. The feel of the tavern “is a continuation of the inn,” said Dowd. In constructing the tavern, repurposed lumber, and lumber from local forests was used in the building’s interior. Large beams from old area barns adorn the ceiling of the Latham House Tavern.
A complete kitchen remodel accompanied the construction of the new restaurant. The new kitchen not only serves the tavern, but also the various weddings and conferences that take place at the inn.
Whenever possible, ingredients for the menu come from local sources. Patrick Dowd said many of the vegetables found on the menu this time of year come from the inn’s gardens. Beef and lamb products come from the local Tensen Farm in Lyme. Though the menu will have favorite standbys, there will also be seasonal menu changes.
The opening of the Latham House Tavern resulted in an increase in staff at the inn, Dowd said, with several full- and part-time staff added to serve diners. The Latham House Tavern has a full bar, and an extensive offering of beers and ales on tap.
My wife and I had the opportunity to take some out-of-town guests to the Latham House Tavern recently. We enjoyed the comfortable, casual setting, and the service was very good. Three of our party ordered the Latham Tavern burger, topped with bacon, and all found it exceptional, and cooked to order. I’ll add that the sweet potato fries that come with the burger are excellent – large, crispy, and flavorful. Three of us had the French onion soup with the meal, while one of us ordered the clam chowder, and we all thought the soup offerings were excellent – rich and tasty. We will certainly return for future meals.