Jameson Tavern

Bar, Eatery

115 Main St
Freeport, Maine, 04032-1222
United States

(207) 865-4196 | map

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.89/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Really nice place, very clean with very good service. Taps leaning to a bunch of Maine Brewers plus the norm bud offerings. Sierra Nevada, Stone and North Coast representing California. Food is always amazing here. I'd go back.

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Photo of lehows
3.74/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here on the obligatory trip to Freeport while headed to points farther north. There is a nice outdoor patio to dine or sit with a drink when it's quiet. Once indoors the bar area is to the left and a larger dining room to the right. The decor is somewhat cheesy colonial, post and beam with assorted outdoor related artwork. 10 taps with mostly local brews from Shipyard, Geary's, Sebago, as well as Russian River's Old Rasputin! Bottle list was nothing special. We were the only ones at the bar on a slow Monday night and we had some fun listening to the workers complain about some demanding diners outside. This is certainly one of the better places to grab a beer in Freeport, with Gritty's and the Harraseeket being other notables.

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Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Had dinner with a customer here and found it to be a very comfortable step back in history. It's a cozy tavern connected to the more formal colonial restaurant. A decent sized bar room with a modest amount bar seating. Though not a lot of taps, around 10, they represented the local brewers nicely and offered a few real goodies like Old Rasputin! I also tried their Dr. Hyde's Angry Ale, but as noted earlier, this is just the common though likeable Geary's Pale Ale. Our dinners were fine, noting memorable but the tavern was an enjoyable place to chat and enjoy our brews. Service was definitely friendly though not beer knowledgeable from what I could tell. Not exactly a beer bar, but close enough and an enjoyable place to stop in. I'd revisit gladly.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had lunch at this cozy little pub in Freeport. The back pub area isn't very large but has a lot of charm to it.

Food was good although it was the typical pub fare, so it's hard to stand out in that category except to say it was good.

For my drink I ordered Dr. Hydes Angry Ale from Geary's. This turned out to just be Geary's Pale Ale even though it said it was specially made for Jameson Tavern. Still, I enjoyed it under it's pseudonym and ordered another.

Would definitely go back to this place again when I'm in Freeport.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

On our way to Brunswick, a stop in Freeport to shop at Bean's. Some time to kill, and Jameson Tavern is just across the street. Entering, the taproom is on the left and the dining room is on the right. We hit the bar. Not a large room, 8 seats at the bar and about 15 tables. Post and beam, kind of comfortable and homey. TV above the bar. There were 12 taps, about half of which were Maine beers. Over 20 bottled beers, mostly macros. Free popcorn.

I had Gritty's Scottish Ale and Sebago's Slick Nick, both very good seasonal beers. My wife went for Widmer's Hefe. A couple Geary's (one of which is made for Jameson Tavern; the bartender sais it's their pale ale), a couple Shipyard's. No offerings from Freeport Brewing Company.

Didn't try the food. Looked like a fairly extensive menu.

Reasonably priced ($4 a pint), nice atmosphere, and good service. Try it.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Cleanfeet and I brought her brother to Jameson's for lunch this past weekend for his birthday to help him get through his long, cold winter stay in Maine. Nice little surprise in Freeport right next to the LL Bean outlet.

I liked the atmosphere of this place. We sat in the bar area. Kind of a rustic bar-type of place. lots of really neat memorabilia from around Maine (there was a monument outside stating that the Tavern was the place where the papers were signed separating Maine from Massachusetts). In our booth was a framed newspaper from the early 1800's with an article about the split of the states.

There were 10 taps present. Evenly split between the custumoary culprits and Maine breweries including something brewed by Geary just for Jameson. It looked to be a Brown Ale even though I did not try it. About twenty bottled choices as well. I only had the Geary's porter.

Large menu for a pub. Decent enough pub grub. I had the clam chowder and Cleanfeet's brother and I split a reuben and steak sandwich. They were good but not great. Just what I expected for a pub. I now have a place to chill when we go to Freeport for the bi-annual shopping spree.

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Photo of slander
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

The LL Bean Full-Grain Leather Lined Double-Sole Slippers (KK39691). For around the house, you understand. I'm standing on the checkout line thinking what bullshit it is that I have to wait for a long time on a short line because people want to deal out their lengthy monogramming activity at the counter (Oh, I don't know, what colors do you have and can you show me the 73 different configurations of font character, style and size??) instead of doing that on line from home, not taking up my valuable drinking time (What? No, that's quite all right, it's cool that you have absolutely no idea what you want when you get up to the cashier. I've got nowhere to be, feel free to not have your shit together). I'm looking at the people on line ahead of me wondering how many of them are going to tie up a cashier and why, and I'm looking past them at the 6 cashiers, and you know what? They're loving this. They (like) mastered in monogramming at Bean U, and love this sort of helping and suggesting stuff, and they've got all damn day. Now, I'm looking past the cashiers out the window behind them at something called Jameson's Tavern. There's a big rock out front with a plaque on it but I can't read it from "here". Here, on line, 6 people back, at the Bean store...
The plaque on the rock is indicative of "The commission meeting here in 1820 to sign the papers that would seperate Maine from Massachussetts". It's kind of funny because that's why we were there; formulating our plan to liberate another section from the state of Massachussetts. I was thinking about the North Western area of the state where Moan & Dove is (It'll be a nice addition to New New York). Anyway, on entering, you find a dining room to the right and the bar area to the left which houses about a dozen and a half tables and booths in a small room and a 9 seat wood bar. The bar has a large mirror back with an etched Jameson's logo and a TV above the bar. Mallards, fish & other country decorations amidst wide wood planks. They've got a "Free Beer Tomorrow" sign hanging above and there's a popcorn machine in the corner.
10 taps, half of which are from the Maine breweries (Shipyard Export & Winter, Gritty's Halloween, Geary's London Porter & Casco Bay Riptide) and the other half are the Sam Adams Lager & Octo, Guinness, Miller & Michelob Light. I had the Casco Bay Riptide which was clean and fresh. 2 dozen bottles (Allagash White, Geary's Pale Ale, Shipyard Light, macros, maltos, teas & NA's). Service was okay and the menu looked to be of standard pub grub. Was okay for a quick beer while "Beaning", but Gritty's is only a mile or so down the road.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

I'll echo the previous reviewer's opinion about this pub being a bit of a wasted space. Perhaps I'm not quite as vehement about it, but it definitely could use a little reworking. They could transform it into a fantastic little old-time pub with a little TLC.

As you enter the main entrance, you can go to the dining room (to the right) or the tavern area (to the left). We went to the tavern area. There were 8-10 taps: Geary's London Style Porter, Shipyard Export Ale, Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Casco Bay Riptide, Gritty's Halloween Ale, Guinness, Michelob, Miller Light are the ones I can remember. I forgot to check the bottle list. I ordered the Geary's London Style Porter, which was very good but served in a chilled glass so it was too cold to start with.

The food was very unimpressive. The problem could have been that we walked in 10 minutes before closing. However, if that was a problem, they should have told us to find somewhere else to eat rather than serving us shoddy food.

Overall, I would come back here, but solely for the beer. They get extreme bonus points from me for having almost exclusively Maine beer on tap. It's location makes it a prime candidate to slip away to while your wife/gfriend shops the hell out of LL Bean. You could "go to the bathroom" and no one would ever be the wiser after a pint! Due to the poor food, I doubt I'll order anything the next time I'm in town though. There are plenty of other restaurants to choose from in Freeport.

The prices seemed reasonable to me, considering the location. $4.00 for a pint.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Caveat: I'm reviewing the pub on the left as you go in the door, not the dining room. I do not come here to savage an establishment but to offer encouragement. The Jameson Tavern has one big thing going for it BA-wise in downtown like-a-mall-but-outdoors Freeport: it has a fine beer selection in the pub. The seasonals change (yes, there's Casco Old Port and HSA in the winter,) and their dedication to local breweries is commendable. While on the pricey side for Maine, the food is very good.

But for a historic building in a location like Maine, the pub (not the restaurant, mind you) really gives off a vibe of "it's OK if we let this slide." The furniture is charmlessly ramshackle. On the beautiful old walls of a Freeport, ME tavern there are the antiques and old artwork I would expect, but mixed in there are also cheap bar mirrors from distributors. The service is definitely slow.

It's a shame. Perhaps because of the built-in clientele doing all that shopping, they really don't have to try to hard. But it's an awesome building, and a great space. I'd love to see what it would be like if someone cracked the whip and said, "this isn't good enough."

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Like many others I too was spending a day of shopping at LL and such and decided to give this palce a once over. I was with my wife and 2 yo so we decided to make a dinner of it and sat in the dining area. Me being the inquisitive one had to at least go check out the bar area and it appears to be a place I could spend a little time ;) I spied around 10-12 taps, and I think they have somewhere in teh neighborhood of 10 bottle selections available. Beer wise I had the SWam Adams summer and it was good as always. Food wise my wife and I both enjoyed the seafood stuffed haddock. Generous portions and cooked perfectly. The atmosphere is very colonial and the dining area was broken up with a fireplace in the middle. Prices were in the $15-19 an entree range. The service was a bit slow considering the dining room was fairly empty. Nice place to stop if you're in the area. However, if it's summer and I'm up there I'm going to Harakeeset Lobster. No beer but damn tasty!

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Jameson Tavern in Freeport, ME
Place rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 12 ratings