Taste of the Town – March 5, 2014 Edition
The historic stone tavern in Clay dates all the way back to 1767, and for manyears, it was a popular spot for locals to enjoy a good meal and beverages. Now Wahtney’s Colonial Pub is back, with a whole new take on its longtime tradition.
“Wahtney’s is relaxed, fun and the place for casual dining,” says owner Paul Reuter, who reports that Wahtney’s reopened in late 2012.
Part of the charm of Wahtney’s is its history. As Paul explains, it is reported to be the oldest running tavern in the country. Back in the 1700s, the tavern was located along the highway from Philadelphia to points west.
The turnpike was a dirt road, and travelers would stop to have a meal, stay overnight in the inn and board their horses in the barn, before they continued on their journey.
Today, Wahtney’s retains much of its colonial charm, with stone walls, exposed beams and an old-fashioned decor. Customers enjoy stopping by to meet friends, have a drink and enjoy a hearty meal.
Wahtney’s uses only the best meats and fresh ingredients for their food, with meats coming from Stohler Meats near Kleinefeltersville. The trademark Black Diamond steak is a specialty, marinated in a teriyaki and steak sauce secret blend that offers rich avor. The New York strip steak is another big hit for steak-lovers
There are daily specials, like the Spaghetti and Meatballs on Monday, Black Diamond Steak on Tuesday, Wings on Wednesday, New York Strip Steak on Thursday, Honey Dipped Chicken on Friday and Yuengs & Wings on Saturday.
Many of the recipes are from Paul’s mother, such as the Baked Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy and the tasty Crab Cakes. Some of the favorites at Wahtney’s include the Baked Tomato Soup, Country Fried Steak with mashed potatoes, Fish & Chips with slaw, Tenderloin Tips and Hot Roast Beef Sandwich. There are also lots of sandwiches, like roast beef and Swiss, tuna melt and Philly cheesesteak. “Everything is fresh and made to order,” says Paul.
There are 11 beers on tap, and special events include Karaoke Night on Friday and Open Mic on Sunday evenings. There is also a dining room for special occasions that seats 40.
When the weather gets nice— and we hope it’s soon— Wahtney’s even offers outdoor dining on the porch. Warmer weather is also ice cream season, and Wahtney’s makes homemade ice cream with fresh berries and fruit in season.
Hours are Monday – Thursday: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday- Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call 466-6322 or check the Facebook page.