By: Krista Doran
At the corners of State and Washington Streets in Historic Newtown Borough is a wonderful place called The Temperance House. “The Temp” as many of their regular patrons lovingly call it, is not just a local tavern. The tradition of the Temperance House began in 1772, when soldier and scholar Andrew McMinn first opened the inn. Since then, The Temperance House has seen many different proprietors and has been used as a meeting place where drinks, ice cream and even oysters have been served to the locals. The Temperance House is steeped in history and today owned and operated by Carlene and Pat Deon, who still maintain “The Temp’s” love of Newtown’s colorful heritage.
As you walk in either of the entrances, you immediately feel its charm. The Temperance House has so much to offer as a tavern, restaurant and an inn, and its casual elegance is just a reminder that once inside, you are going to experience something special. The culinary team of chefs James Hagan and Derek Fields are always creating new and exciting dishes to please every palate, even accommodating those who choose gluten-free foods or are vegetarians. The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of all the wonderful meats, seafood and vegetables that are available at the time. The best way to describe the food would be American, but it definitely has an international fusion flare. Both chefs are very thoughtful when considering which delights to offer guests, even taking time to consider Chinese New Year and other Holidays important to many. The food is always fresh, always delicious and very reasonably priced. Lunch specials start at just $6.00, and dinners start at just $14.00. The portions are large and very satisfying. The staff is absolutely wonderful, too, always making sure all guests are comfortable and content.
A night at The Temperance House, whether you are there for just drinks, dinner or a weekend stay is certainly going to be memorable. The building itself is beautifully maintained. Considering its age, you will never see cracks, broken trim or flooring anywhere. Mr. and Mrs. Deon love this building and it shows. They have taken great care to see that it is continuously cleaned and maintained to keep its charm and beauty. From elegant fireplaces in the dining rooms, to the beautifully appointed stained glass art and light fixtures, “The Temp” is the place to be in Newtown. It is definitely a favorite among locals, and can accommodate up to 150 people at one time. It’s a great place to have a party and if you are looking for a place to host a wedding, shower, fundraiser, life celebration or any type of event, the party “dream team,” headed by Manager Erica Darragh and Event Coordinator Kim Carney, is at your disposal. Erica and Kim will create a party as simple or as extravagant as you desire, always bringing that “Wow Factor” into all that they do. If a max capacity of 150 is too small for your event, no problem! They do off-site catering as well and can do anything from an office cocktail party, a fun luau or themed event to an elegant grill party with steaks and lobsters! You dream it, they make it happen! There is no event too big or too small for them to handle and everything from carving stations, to gorgeous flowers and centerpieces, amazing desserts and specialty drinks are handled to meet your individual specifications. The Temperance House has catered many wonderful off-site charity events too. In fact, every year they cater a fundraiser for their own personal charity, Pennsylvania Special Olympics. In the past 8 years, there has been over $250k raised for this wonderful cause! The 9th Annual Fundraiser will be held on June 20th, 2012 at the Makefield Highland Golf Course. If you need details or want to participate, please call Erica at 215-860-9975.
Something that is unique to The Temperance House and a favorite among cigar aficionados is their cigar, cognac and scotch selections. They also play host to many cigar events throughout the year and it’s the perfect place for the guys to have a special night of cigars, food and a scotch tasting. You can even book one of their 5 private rooms for your smoking pleasure! It’s perfect for an upscale bachelor party or guys night out. There are not many places that cater to the cigar lovers but The Temperance House certainly does, offering a fine in-house selection. If you prefer a special brand of cigar to smoke in the tavern, there are also local smoke shops within walking distance. The inn upstairs is the perfect place for an overnight or weekend stay for people traveling through the area, or even just a quiet get-away. The Temp’s 13 nicely appointed rooms are completely remodeled, comfortable and inviting. These spacious rooms all have private baths and are ideal for wedding parties.
There is always something fun going on at The Temperance House! If you love live music, it is the only place in Newtown that hosts the area’s top bands in all genres including Jazz, Blues, Classic Rock, Top 40 and Acoustic. Wednesday through Saturday the place is always hopping with a great looking people who like to have fun. They offer some really spectacular specials featuring half price draft beer and appetizers plus $1 off mixed drinks and house wine from 5-7 pm every day of the week. Week day specials are: Monday – half price appetizers from 5-9 pm, Tuesday – “Tini Tuesday” with $5 house martinis, Wednesdays – $5 glasses of house wine, Thursdays – $2 domestic drafts and $3 Craft beers. On Fridays and Saturdays from 5-7 pm – half price draft beer and appetizers plus $1 off mixed drinks and house wine. Weekend day food specials are $1 Hot Dogs on Saturday $4 Cheese steaks (Beef or Chicken) on Sunday. Make The Temperance House your place to watch the Flyers play and enjoy $3 Stellas during all games. Other events that The Temperance House is known for are their Wednesday Jazz Celebrations, Special 4 Course Tasting Menus, and The NFL Draft with Merrill Reese of WBCB and draft expert Tom Hepler. On Easter and Mother’s Day, a beautiful and elegant brunch is offered that the whole family will enjoy. The next big event on the agenda is Valentine’s Day, so why not make plans now? The Temperance House will be offering a very special and romantic evening featuring a special dinner menu, running 2/10 through 2/14. For “The Temp’s St. Patty’s Celebration” Celtic Pride will be performing from 8 – Midnight on Friday 3/16/12. There will be traditional Irish food and beer specials. Reservations are required for all special events! For all events and information about specials please visit their website at www.temperancehouse.com.
The Temperance House offers so many great ways for you, your friends and family to enjoy its elegantly casual atmosphere, professional and welcoming staff, fresh and delicious food and top notch entertainment. It’s the “total package” when it comes to restaurant/bars, and is hands-down, the jewel of Newtown Borough! I highly suggest you go try The Temperance House. You will be glad you did!