J. Timothy's Taverne
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 28
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BlueHammer:
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I headed here recently for a Friday dinner out with a group of friends. Unbelievably, I lived across the street from it (could have walked!) for nearly 2 years and never went! Go figure!
After I was seated the first thing I asked for was the beer list. I was pleasantly surprised. I went with two other friends who are also BAs. We have very different beer tastes, and yet we were all satiated! I ended up settling on a Hoegaarden which of course I've had before but I had a hankering for.
J. Timothy's was recently renovated to include more seating which barely made a dent in the Friday evening crowd. You could very well wait upwards of 45 minutes for a table on a Friday. The atmosphere is cozy (you know - fireplaces, dark interior), resembling an old tavern (as the name suggests!). I didn't indulge in a full dinner but noshed on appetizers and delicious French onion soup. Prices are a little high but still reasonable.
This spot makes a great gathering place with friends, especially on a weekend, as long as you are willing to wait. The bar is busy nearly every night, but that's gotta be a good sign, right?
09-20-2006 01:30:04 | More by BlueHammer
More User Reviews:
4.58/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Great restaurant right outside of my hometown. Real comfortable atmosphere, dim lighting, all wood and stone interior, like eating in a log cabin. Three places to dine, a basment (which is probably my favorite), main floor including a lounge, and an upstairs. The service is always good, even though the place is packed at all times haha there's always somewhere to sit and the waits are always bearable. The brew selection in this place is fantastic with about 17 drafts and over 30 different bottles to choose from (Including there Belgium beers for two menu.) Ontop of there great beer selection the food there is fantastic. Great selections from beef to poultry and of course fish. But don't go there and not try there famous "dirt" wings. They are IMO the best wings i've ever had, whenever I go there i always get a bucket to go they're that good. Overall if your in the area or just looking for some good brews and exceptional food. This is the place.
01-30-2010 16:55:10 | More by Arenbeer
4.15/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
What a great place. A decent line up of taps and bottles, only a few rotate but they seem to put on some good stuff that go with the seasons. This really really old building creates a great atmosphere that fits well with chilling at the pub and sitting down for dinner. Location is a good spot for me, because its right across from the movie theater so you can get a few pints then go across the street for a movie.
Last time I went I got a flying dog doggie style ale and a titan IPA that were excellent and fresh. Their glassware consists of only big dimpled mugs, which are really interesting and fitting for just about any beer they had there. Better than just straight sided pints. I also got a beer blend called chocolate covered apricot, which is a blend of young's double chocolate stout and magic hat #9. One of the most interesting black and tans I've ever had, and a really nice dessert. They have a whole menu of about ten different draft blends/black and tans which rotate from time to time.
Service in the small bar area was very attentive. Beer knowledge was acceptable, they aren't going to get into a beer conversation with you, but this is not a "beer geek" type bar. The bartender did have suggestions for their beer blends.
The chicken wings were the best I've ever had. I got honey bbq "dirt style", which means they fry them twice. This is the way you need to order the wings. They had a big burnt meat flavor while still being tender, really sweet, and juicy. Yum. Haven't gotten around to entrees here yet, but these wings are good enough for me any time I go.
Overall, this is a great place to get some good beer, great pub food, and an old pub atmosphere.
08-02-2009 16:09:53 | More by jeffthecheff
4/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in Plainville, which is not far from Hartford, CT.
This restaurant and bar has been around for over 200 years as mentioned by other reviewers, so the place has plenty of character and seems to get a good amount of traffic. Some couples, some friends and some solo diners/drinkers of all ages seem to make up the mix of their clientele. The carry Ten Penny, Guinness, Palm, Bud Light, Flying Dog Doggie Style, Sam Cherry Wheat and some others on tap. For bottles, they carry opa-opa ipa, kona wheat, anchor steam summer and some more. As far as food, they carry the typical pub grub. I enjoyed their "dirt wings" very much and recommend them, their burgers and sandwiches looked tasty as well. This place happened to be near a business meeting and I am glad that I had the opportunity to check it out.
07-27-2009 02:21:45 | More by mltobin
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This place has been in existance for 218 years (198 of them as Cooke's Taverne)
I have eaten ther 6 times and have yet to be disappointed with either the meal or the service, the selection isn't wide but it varies seasonally.
The Ambiance of eating and drinking in an old stage coach rest stop is just plain fun!!!
Stop in, have the cheddar and ale soup, prime rib and a tap beer you'll go away satisfied with a doggie bag, because you can't eat a whole meal !!!
I recommend this place top anyone within an hour's drive to Plainville Ct.
It's worth driving an hour for the freindly expert wait staff and the exceptional food.
11-12-2007 15:53:25 | More by cyberbmcd
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I Went Here For The First Time This Past Spring To Watch The NCAA Tournament And Have A Few Beers. The Pub Here Isn't Exactly A Great Beer Bar But Not So Bad Considering The Local Choices Are Few. All We Ate Were A Ton Of Wings And They Were Very Good, Advertized As Best In Connecticut (the "dirt Variety Is Very Tastey Though Not Terribly Hot/spicey). The Beer Selection Was Pretty Decent And The Number Of Taps Was Better Than Most But Nothing Real Unusual By Today's Standards. They Had Several Nice Choices For Those Of Us Who Like The More Challenging "flavors" And Higher Alcohol Contents. A Couple Pretty Obscure Ones So I Was Happy. I Have To Say That The Service Was Actually Pretty Impressive In The Pub Section. The Place Is Largely Dedicated To Restaurant Service But The Pub Section Is Good Sized And Was Busy. We Found A Table And Got Immediate And Regular Attention From A Friendly Waitress. Food And Beers Were Delivered Quickly. TV Viewing Was Good From Most Any Angle. Prices Are A Little High But Not So Unusual For The Area. One Of My Favorite Things About The Place Is The Atmosphere. It Appears To Be An 18th Century Sort Of Establishment (said To Date From 1789) With The Big Old Beams And Dark Lighting. Very Warm And Pleasant, Yet A Pretty Lively Crowd In The Pub. It Is Also Quite Convenient To I-84 (Crooked Street Exit). I'll Go Back Again. Enjoy!
07-01-2007 16:51:58 | More by Durge
J. Timothy's Taverne in Plainville, CT
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.