As you head through the pillared entrance and inside the invitingly quaint lobby you’ll be treated to the creaking sounds of the wooden planks beneath your feet and the bellowing calls of a colonially-outfitted “town crier” who is summoning the next party to be seated with a, “Hear ye, Hear ye!” Right away you’ll be transported to a simpler time as your eyes sweep over the rich wood paneling, the candelabra chandeliers, the large brick fireplace and the cozy, dimly lit atmosphere. The theming of this wonderful restaurant located inside Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square celebrates the greats of early American history inside an old multi-leveled colonial home setting. Whichever of the six rooms you find yourself seated in which pays homage to a specific prominent and pivotal U.S. figure (Thomas Jefferson, Betsy Ross, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Paul Revere, or John Paul Jones), you’ll immediately fall in love with the attention to detail and recognize why this restaurant is a favorite for all who’ve come before. If you think the theming is great, just wait until you treat your taste buds to the traditional New England-inspired fare and hearty all-American favorites. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons why you simply MUST eat at Liberty Tree Tavern!
5. The Feel
As mentioned before, the atmosphere is what makes this location truly special. Liberty Square, the themed “land” this restaurant resides on, really nails down the era (circa eighteenth century) from which its architecture and engineering homages boasts. Before you enter this restaurant you might walk past the convincing Liberty Bell replica, stationed just to the side of this dining establishment. As you dine you’ll hear the sporadic boat horn of the Liberty Belle Riverboat, which travels across the adjacent Rivers of America. The small artifacts and antiques peppered throughout the restaurant are wholly accurate to this time period, successfully bringing patrons out of the “now” and into the “back then.” There is something special about gathering together at these tables and feasting amidst this setting—something warm, simple and joyful. The next time you dine here, take it all in and pay attention to the details. You might catch Benjamin Franklin’s kite hanging from the ceiling or Betsy Ross’s flag on the wall.
4. The Service
I love the Cast Members that work here. The outfits they don alone are reason enough to celebrate them. I’ve also never experienced poor service here, even on an extremely busy day. In fact, some of the more memorable server conversations I’ve had at Disney took place while dining at Liberty Tree Tavern. When you can remember the name of a server that waited on you several years ago, you know that they made a magical impression (Thank you, Sabat!).
3. The Food
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve dined here for lunch with my family and am almost embarrassed of the fact that I practically always order the same thing. It’s hard to break out of a routine when the routine is so satisfying. That being said, I have a wandering fork, and love sneaking bites out of the different plates that make their way to my table. Ordering Fried Tavern Cheese from the appetizer section is always a hit, gobbled up by those who can’t get enough of gooey, fried cheese. The New England Clam Chowder, also on the appetizer menu, finds its way to many tables as the perfect precursor to a meal. As far as the entrees go, I’m a diehard fan of the Colony Salad with Grilled Chicken (dressing on the side) and eat every last bite of the field greens mixed with chopped apples, Craisins, sweet pecans, Applewood smoked cheddar, each forkful dipped into my honey-shallot vinaigrette. This salad comes served with seared salmon as well. The Pilgrims Feast (a traditional Thanksgiving meal on one plate) as well as the New England Pot Roast is a hit among patrons that dine here often, as well as the Freedom Pasta (Rigatoni pasta with grilled chicken or shrimp tossed in a cream sauce). The dinner menu is a whole other ball game. It’s a set-price buffet, featuring Thanksgiving year-round. There’s roast turkey, carved beef, mashed potatoes, pork, butter cooked veggies, soft rolls, herb stuffing, and mac and cheese. This all-you-can-eat platter is rib-sticking comfort food that will make you smile with nostalgic satisfaction.
2. The Collectible Mug
The Tavern Keeper’s Collector’s Mug is a must-have for those of us who adore this restaurant. Owning one of these and drinking out of it at home means you are truly part of The Club. What club? I’m not entirely sure yet…perhaps just a club formed of people who simply can’t get enough of this place and want to close their eyes and pretend like they’re there with each sip. The good news is that you don’t have to be a special member of said “club” to get one of these mugs, no, you may simply purchase them at the restaurant. If you order the nonalcoholic, frozen Patriot’s Punch (think an orange sherbet, lemonade and Sprite slushie) your beverage will be served in this mug to take home with you. If you don’t order the drink, don’t fret, you can always inquire with your server on purchasing one.
1. The Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake
Arguably one of the best desserts on Disney property, the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake can only be found HERE at Liberty Tree Tavern. It’s a warm vanilla cake with a, you guessed it, ooey-gooey toffee filling, served with melty ice cream and a chocolate/caramel drizzle on top. It’s crunch on the outside, gooey and warm on the inside. It’s heaven on a plate, people, and reason alone to visit this restaurant. The other desserts on the menu—Martha Washington’s Cake, Johnny Appleseed’s Cake, and Fruit Crisp—are also worth a delicious mention, but the Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake will always win my vote.
Please note that the Liberty Tree Tavern will be closed for refurbishment July 6, 2015-November 20, 2015.
Have you ever eaten at Liberty Tree Tavern? What is your favorite meal or memory? Share with us in the comments below! Don’t forget to share a pic of that Tavern Keeper’s Collector’s Mug, too!
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