Spring at Hopewell’s Brick Farm Tavern

Since opening last November, Brick Farm Tavern is already becoming a destination for foodies and a haunt for regulars to enjoy fine dining and cocktails incorporating the meats, vegetables and unique edibles from Double Brook Farm and other area farming and foraging partners. And the change of seasons means the dinner, bar and cocktail menus will experience some seismic changes!

The first sign that the Tavern has shaken off the cold is a fresh new lineup of cocktails crafted by our mixologists. Staff favorite? The Trans-Atlantic. With a floral complexity, the Trans-Atlantic combines the essence of lavender, Crème de Violette, lemon juice, Yellow Chartreuse and Hendricks gin to create a light and completely refreshing drink.  The spring cocktails list will play upon the classics and change often, utilizing just-picked ingredients from Ralston Farms, 500 yards away.

Like the cocktail menu, the new, expanded bar dining menu will have elements which change daily to incorporate the new ingredients coming into the kitchen.  Look for some staples, like the popular (and highly indulgent) burger and coq au vin, to remain constant, but with slight adjustments to keep them fresh and seasonal.

Did someone say wine? Sommelier, Mike Lykens, has brought on several new bottles for the cellar and wines by the glass, as well as beers on tap and in the bottle. His top pick? The Touriga Nacional Blend from Alvaro Castro in Portugal.  Lykens will also be showcasing wine through a series of wine and food tasting events this year. The first of which is a Wine Dinner on Wednesday, May 4, featuring the wines of Matteo Correggia from the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. Speaking on the selection of white and red wines will be Gioavnni Correggia. Reserve by calling (609) 333-9200 or email reservations@brickfarmgroup.com.  Price per guest is $125 (+tax & tip).

Finally, the warmer weather is going to usher in the Tavern’s terrace dining service. Located behind the restaurant and overlooking the adjacent pastures, the full dinner menu will be available as you take in the landscape and maybe catch sight of some Double Brook animals in the distance!  It’s the perfect place to reserve for Mother’s Day Brunch on May 8. Brunch will be served form 10:30am-2:30pm.

The Tavern is committed to the farm-to-table concept that starts with the pasture-raised and antibiotic/hormone-free animals of Double Brook Farm.  Chef Greg Vassos works daily with the farmers from Double Brook as well as from other local farms to build his ingredient-driven menu. In a unique twist, the Tavern employs farmers to work in the kitchen and has cooks who work in the fields. The result? A true understanding of where the food on each and every plate comes from.

Enjoy dinner in the dining room, a meal al fresco on the terrace, a quick bite at the bar, or host a gathering in one of the three unique private dining spaces. Any way you experience the Tavern, you will leave with a better taste of the restaurant’s Hopewell ‘terrior’!

Located at 130 Hopewell-Rocky Hill Road, The Tavern is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays) and will serve dinner only. Restaurant hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 5:30-9:30pm and Bar hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00-11:00pm. bar. The Tavern has a full liquor license.  Reservations may be made online through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at (609) 333-9200.

To learn more about Brick Farm Tavern, or for events and special offerings, please visit the site at http://www.brickfarmtavern.com