By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman and Hawks Head Tavern as indicated.)
Oak Glen is a small village where you can escape the modern world.
James Patrick Riley’s early New England, Georgian-style Hawks Head Tavern brings an authentic recreation of life in the 1700’s.
As you walk into the tavern, the Hawk’s Head picture attracts your attention. The atmosphere continues with all of the staff dressed in authentic colonial theme clothing. Even the lighting has the flickering candles “look“.
You can even watch the Revolutionary War re-enactments from the tavern’s windows.
The flickering flames in their exceptionally large fireplace create a romantic atmosphere during the winter months.
This is the place to order Lordly sandwich fare like the Lord, Bratwurst grilled cheese and Tavern Keeper’s special sandwiches.
The Lord Sandwich provides a choice of roast beef, ham, turkey or grilled veggies.
The Bratwurst sandwich mixes the taste of grilled sausage with melted Cheddar cheese and grilled onions.
I enjoyed the Tavern Keeper’s special filled with grilled roast beef, melted cheese, sautéed onions, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and dressings.
Any of their large servings of sandwiches, appetizers and almost everything on the menu becomes a meal.
There are Tavern specialties of chicken pot pie, gourmet macaroni and cheese, cider-baked ham, and open-faced roast beef.
One of their traditional meals, Forfar Bridies, is a Scottish beef pie baked in a flakey pastry crust.
Their unique Bratwurst sausage and apples appetizer is not the usual combination.
Lord sandwiches range from $7.95-12.95 and the Tavern specialties from $10.95 to $12.95. Breakfasts from $7.95 to $9.95.
The tavern is open for breakfast, lunch and during their monthly dinner theater productions.
Some of the plays include “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (Thanksgiving), “A Christmas Carol”, (December), Valentine’s Day (February), “Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery” (March), “1940’s Big Band Dance” (September) and more. Seeing these plays feels like spending time in the early colonies.
While you are at the Hawk’s Head Tavern, take a walk to the small strawberry farm next door and pick-your-own. I was surprised to see that strawberries grow close to the ground and are easy to pick.
Oak Glen is known for their pick-your-own orchards of apples, strawberries and other fruits.
Riley’s Farm, Revolutionary War Re-creations, pick-your-own fruit and events are located at 12261 S. Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, California. For information, call 909)-790-TIME.
Oak Glen is ninety-minutes from Los Angeles and three-hours from Las Vegas. Stop for a meal or stay a few days. www.rileysfarm.com http://www.oakglen.com/
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