General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
A strange little place - a mix of history and pleasant bar-like squalor. The interior is warm and welcoming, but clearly rundown (the recent cable TV show talking about this as one of America's most haunted inns definitely made it look tidier than it is). But still, it looks like a well-worn watering hole. The day I visited, I found the service friendly but spotty - one bartender dealing with the entire bar dining area. It wasn't crowded, but he was obviously a bit stressed by the experience. The food was basic, clean and tasty and offered at a reasonable price. The beer, however, is the reason to go - it's not perhaps the best beer in the world, but its creative, interesting and drinkable - the very mild Mirage Belgian Pale Ale, weighing in at only 2.7 ABV, was the hit - it is dense and flavorful far beyond its near-beer alcohol content. Well worth a trip out to this place. But we never did see a ghost.
11-25-2008 23:38:09 | More by Seanibus
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
First of all, they were willing to fill my foreign growler. Big points for that.
This place just feels old. Plenty of wood, a sprawling, almost random floorplan, and the ghosts of course. I went first to the bar which is divided between two seperate rooms. I ordered a Mirage and watched the Red Sox give up some early runs while I waited for my friend.
We were the first to be seated, but they did get pretty busy for a monday. Our waitress was fantastic. She brought us some free "short fills", improperly filled bottles, of the Abbey Brune. We both just had sandwiches, passing on some of the more interesting dinner options. I closed out the evening with the Framboises which was a very pleasant surprise.
Overall, this is a place I definitely intend to visit again.
10-17-2008 11:03:05 | More by DIM
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
This place is 270 years old, I was sitting at the bar wondering who might have been here. I bet a few of the people who signed our Declaration of Independence had to have passed through this place....and it is haunted, how cool is that!
A few Chocolate Thunders, how could I resist, they were great.
Oh, and they are officially going NONSMOKING starting on September 2, 2008. Even though I didn't experience it, others have noted this place could get quite smokey, no longer an issue.
The only disappointment was the lack of paranormal activity I encountered, maybe I should have stayed the night.
This is a great historic place I hope it sticks around for another 270 years.
08-15-2008 02:55:25 | More by gixxerman
4.6/5 rDev +10.6%
One of my all time favorites... I used to spend massive amounts of time at this fine establishment, but now that I'm a tad older, I don't get there as much as I would like. Both the bar and restaurant food are great. The historic and quaint setting is terrific. The quality of brews (especially the Matrimonial Ale, Sunset Red, and Chocolate Thunder Porter) are excellent. Usually it's not that crowded and the service is typically above average... I wish I got there 1/10th as much as I used to, which would be close to 100% increase over how often I get there now...
07-29-2008 20:05:17 | More by philbe311
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
The wife and I stopped into General Lafayette on a recent trip to Philadelphia. We actually stayed the night at the adjoining inn, but since this is a beer website, I'll just focus on the tavern/brewery. It was later in the evening and the dining room was closed, so we seated ourselves in a corner table in the bar area, which is in the basement. It was a very cozy with dim lighting and a grand looking bar built in the center of the room. Giving the age of the building, it had a bit of historic charm happening. Our waitress was quick, attentive and knew the beer she was serving. She even brought us a taste of the 'secret' beer shortly after she brought us our sampler that we ordered. All beers in the sampler were very well done, but I settled on the cask ale and then afterwards had the secret beer. The late night menu is limited to bar food, but our sandwiches were tasty nonetheless. Given the quality of the atmosphere and quality of the beer, I would stop in next time we're in the area.
06-23-2008 12:34:58 | More by scoobybrew
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Others have described the place well. The bar is really cool , but the smoking bar next to it kind of takes away from the atmosphere...or adds a little shit to it. The dining room is a little beat and smells like cigarettes.
We sat in the dining room and had dinner and a few beers. The waitress was super nice and patient as we had a tough time deciding what to order beerwise and foodwise. One of us got the beer sampler. I went straight to the tripel, which was great. My girlfriend had the Belgian Blonde and was very happy with it, then a tripel which she liked even more. I switched gears and went for the Pacific Pale Ale...very good. I also like the Red Ale.
The food was really good and very reasonable. I had a pork loin with an apricot sauce and my girlfriend had the crab cakes, which were excellent.
I would definitely recommend this place....especially for the beers. I'm sure that we will stop in again when we are in the area.
06-11-2008 00:24:55 | More by Hautacam
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
Stopped in on a Saturday just after lunchtime. The place was easy to find (although the road it's on is a pain with traffic and lights) and parking is ample. Walking in we found the bar area ahead of us and the dining area to the left. As the one dining area was occupied by a party, we decided to head into the bar for our stay.
The bar (and the rest of the place as well) is very historic, dark, and old, with wood everywhere. The bar is actually split into two separate rooms, one smoking, one nonsmoking, both with plenty of seats at the bar as well as a few tables. I believe the smoking bar was larger and had more seating. A chalkboard as well as taps menu shows the current selection, which consisted of 11 taps, 10 regular and 1 on cask, and all brewed on premises. There is actually a plexiglass hole in the floor of the bar to see downstairs where the tanks are held.
We found a table in the bar area and were quickly welcomed and given menus by the bartender. All the beers we tried were very good for the styles, my favorite being the Chocolate Thunder Porter. The food was also very good and at reasonable prices for the portions, and served on old pewter plates. Items ranged from salads, calamari, sandwiches, burgers, and cheese plates to main entrees like crabcakes, salmon, steak, and chicken.
The General Lafayette Inn has a really cool historic feel, very good food, and a nice selection of quality beers. I'll definitely go back.
05-05-2008 00:14:32 | More by HopDerek
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
A coworker and I stopped here while we were out east for training. After stopping at Capone's this place was very easy to get to, right down the road.
We parked in the back and tried to go in through the kitchen before realizing the real entrance was around front. What can I say, it was a dark and rainy night.
Atmosphere was very nice, reeking of history, great wooden bar. I wish we'd walked around the place a little more, but we never ventured into the dining room or upstairs. Still a smoky bar, but no huge complaints, we were spoiled being at Sly Fox and Iron Hill the night before.
Quality was good, tasty beers were had. I had short pours of the IPA, the Red on cask and the Pacific Pale. Really enjoyed the first two but the Pale was just ok. Would have liked to try a few more, but they were out of growlers. No huge deal, but kind of an off point. My coworker really enjoyed his beers.
Food menu was interesting. My corworker had the chicken breast and I wanted the fish & chips, but they were out. Doh!
I ended up getting the cheese plate and the quail. Both were very tasty. My coworker's meal came with mac and cheese, of which he ordered seconds. I got to eat some of that and it was very tasty.
Service was good, attentive but not pressing.
Very cool place, one I'd like to go back to when I'm in the area. Hoepfully that time they will have the fish & chips.
02-27-2008 15:01:26 | More by foureyedgeek
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
General Lafayatte was the final stop of my short business trip to Pennsylvania that got me to Stoudt's, ABC Harrisburg, and Victory. I decided to stay at General Lafayatte because I had meeting in Villanova the next morning and it seemed reasonably close. My rating is based on beer, food, and atmosphere of the bar. I would not recommend staying at the Inn. I spent $190 and felt totally ripped off by the experience. I'm not big into antiques to begin with but this place is more of a dump than a historical shrine. It was dirty, lacked attention to detail (especially on the exterior), and lacked the updates that a room for $190 a night should garner. With that being said, I found the pub to be an enjoyable experience. I had their pacific pale, winter, IPA, and porter and they were all very enjoyable. I had a chicken cheese steak sandwhich for dinner and it was remarkably good. There was a big ice storm the night I was there so it was a good thing I could walk across the parking lot to my overpriced "room." There were only a couple of people in the bar but I could see how it could get very smoky when crowded. I endorse the beer and food aspect but would advise against staying there unless you really like historic charm and are not used to staying at business-class hotels.
02-14-2008 04:11:31 | More by Yetiman420
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
This is one of the best brewpubs in the area. An incredible old historic building about as far away from TGIMcFunster's as you can find. This place has an incredibly unique and wonderful setting with multiple different rooms and two bars, one for smokers, one for people who would like to live a little longer.
The beer is top notch and very different than a lot of what is found in SE PA, the focus here is on English styles. Their porter and mild, especially on cask are top notch. You will not find hop bombs here, you need to adjust your expectations and you will be rewarded. They have put out some incredible barleywines over the years as well.
The food here is great pub grub as well as a more upscale dining menu for the back room, which is a bit more formal. I never go to the General and don't get something to eat, it just has too many great things to pass up.
01-24-2008 13:55:05 | More by NolanGTI
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery in Lafayette Hill, PA
93 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.