White Horse Tavern

Known as the oldest operating tavern in the United States, Newport’s White Horse Tavern exudes New England charm and history while serving serve the freshest fish, clams and lobsters from Narragansett Bay along with just-picked produce from local Rhode Island farms. Founded in 1673, it soon became a meeting place for the Colony’s General Assembly, Criminal Court and City Council and became billed as the “birthplace of the Businessman’s lunch” when public officials would often charge their meals to the city treasury. One of its first owners, William Mayes Jr., was a well-known pirate, which embarrassed the British troops who had taken over Colonial Newport amid the American Revolution. Mayes’ mischievous behavior only gave him brief control over the tavern before his sister took over. For a brief period in the late 19th century, White Horse Tavern became a rooming house before receiving a massive restoration in the mid-1900s, thanks to donations from the Van Buren family. It reopened as a tavern in 1957 under the guidance of the Newport Historical Society and has served traditional American fare to locals and tourists ever since.

26 Marlborough St, Newport, RI 02840, United States
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Opening times
Tue: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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