The service is friendly and within moments, their taking your order for drinks. I always like that they have a nice selection of draft beer on tap; usually a micro-brew or two and my favorite Sam Adam's seasonal beer.
As an appetizer I would recommend to anybody - the Baked King's Onion Soup which is two gills for $5.95. It is simply delectable with chunks of beef inside and a variety of cheeses on top. This alone is worth the trip.
Along with my soup, I usually like to get a sandwich and the Char-grilled Steak Sandwich is a winner. It's served open-faced on hearth-baked bread and is covered with sauteed mushrooms and onions that are popping with flavor.
Its native stone walls, seven fireplaces, and hand carved woodwork have been painstakingly restored to their original beauty and character to allow it to function as a truly authentic colonial tavern.
The modern-day Dobbin House serves guests in two separate dining facilities. Downstairs, the Springhouse Tavern serves the more casual guests in an authentic old tavern atmosphere.
He worked diligently to establish in 1800 an autonomous Adams County, which originally was a part of neighboring York County. He indeed did leave his mark.
In the mid-1800's, a secret crawl space served as a safe haven for runaway slaves on their perilous journey to freedom. The Dobbin served as a "station" along the "Underground Railroad."
In 1774, 300 acres of land were purchased in and around the town now known as Gettysburg by one Reverend Alexander Dobbin.
Besides being one of the founders of Gettysburg, Dobbin was pastor of the Rock Creek Presbyterian Church. He constructed a farm and the Dobbin House, for use as their dwelling and as a Classical School. The school was actually the first of its kind in America west of the Susquehanna River, an academy which enjoyed an excellent reputation for educating many professional men of renown.
In the mid-1800's, a secret crawl space served as a safe haven for runaway slaves on their perilous journey to freedom.
In this installment, we'll touch upon the Springhouse Tavern.
The entire staff is dressed in period attire and the setting makes you feel like you've stepped 200 years back in time.
Entering, you descend a staircase that take you into a dark, candlelit dining area with a large wooden bar. The entire staff is dressed in period attire and the setting makes you feel like you've stepped 200 years back in time.
For lighter fare, they serve what they term Half of Sallade & Half of Sandwich, as well as Gill of Porridge & Half Sallade. Both are good options at $7.95 each.
If you want a heavier meal, I'd suggest the Spit Roasted Chicken which is a half chicken dinner. It is prepared on a spit with a special blend of slightly spicy seasonings. It is served with a garden salad, baked potato and hearth-baked roll.
The food is excellent, but make no mistake about it, it's the ambiance here which draws the crowds.
The Springhouse Tavern also has a nice selection of salads and it the perfect stop for lunch or early dinner. The food is excellent, but make no mistake about it, it's the ambiance here which draws the crowds. There's not many places one can dine with this level of authenticity.
Authenticity aside, I'll continue to make my pilgrimages to the Dobbin House for a single-minded purpose - a cold Sam Adams and that wonderful Baked King's Onion Soup!
89 Steinwehr Avenue (Business Route 15 South)
Gettysburg, PA 17325