The New Public House & Hotel
The New Public House & Hotel

The New Public House & Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thenewpublichouse.com/
  • Phone: 8282953487x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Every Day for Breakfast, 8-11AM
    Open Tuesday - Sunday for Dinner, 3-9PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Foreman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hill St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The New Public House & Hotel
Welcome to The New Public House and Hotel located in historic Downtown Blowing Rock. Our food is Southern inspired entrees and small plates, complimented by an impressive selection of local ales, fine wines and seasonal cocktails. Pork Loin Chop, Beef Tenderloin, Shrimp & Grits, Mountain Trout, and Oyster Stew highlight the menu. Light items include seasonal sandwiches, soups, and salads as well as Dirty South Wings, Okra Fritters, and Green Chile Mac & Cheese.

>> Also serving Breakfast 7 days a week featuring Eggs Benedict, Omelette du Jour, Pancakes, and more classic breakfast offerings.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The New Public House & Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)neighborhood gem (66)special occasion (38)romantic (27)notable wine list (26)great for outdoor dining (23)good for groups (22)great for brunch (12)hot spot (7)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Great breakfast, weak coffee.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Had breakfast here while on an overnight in Blowing Rock. Very pretty atmosphere, great service, and delicious and inventive menu. My husband's sweet potato pancakes were incredible. We enjoyed the experience. Would give it five stars, but the coffee was not good. Way too weak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time since new ownership....felt the quality and choices were equal to our previous visits...delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The mountain trout was excellent, as was the service. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slim seating and noisey group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Unfortunately, seating on a bench with a chair opposite with a very narrow table and very close to the another table was difficult. There was a very loud group in the dining areas. My entree was bulky with a romaine lettuce core and the plate was very small making eating uncomfortable..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meeker
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Not enough servers wed night long wait. Server worked as fast as she could. Also we had a very hard time getting out of parking lot. Cars on each side did not pull up far enough. It took two of us standing in the rain directing driver. Very very close. Food was WONDERFUL.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun atmosphere
    Karen
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was interesting; something for everyone;Great small plates as well as entrees. It's relaxed, w an upbeat vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Queenbee
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Interesting dishes. I missed their mushroom appetizer that I had in the summer. I would like to see a few more small dishes! Wish they would have a Sunday Brunch from like 10:00 to 2:00!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable..
    Kpw001VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to celebrate our Anniversary. We started with the blue potatoes and they were delicious. For our entrees I had the trout and my husband had the shrimp and grits. Both dishes were wonderful. We had the pineapple bread pudding with caramel salted ice cream for dessert and it was yummy. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OldcpaVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food presentation was excellent and tasteful. Oyster stew tended to be a little thin, but shrimp and grits were excellent and were among the best I have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food All Three Meals
    dineallthetime
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The breakfast is excellent and menu changes a little every day. The lunch/dinner menu is simple but the food is great. I had the trout and have never had fish any better. My wife had the grilled chicken and I tried it, it was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    eatingout
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was the first time we've eaten here, but we will be back. The food was delicious, and the ambiance was delightful. Our waitperson was very helpful and a pleasure to chat with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun with family
    JenerRuss
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Wonderful, enthusiastic, very knowledgeable server- on the down side- didn't make a very big deal- or really even acknowledge special 50th bday- but other than that- super
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Terrific food- chef Forman is extremely creative- menu extremely reasonably priced with several choices and nightlyspecials. wine list adequate. Will return often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu Covers All Groups
    IrishFoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I return for the tenderloin Buttermilk mashed potatoes time after time. The service is good & sometimes great. The shrimp and grits superb. Used to be B&B w/ dining as secondary. Though The New has reached her pinnacle of dining. the chef is not intimidated or offended by some substitutions now and then. Good for me and my plain tastes. Though the rest of our party love everything on the menu. When the dining room is full it is extremely loud. Atmosphere is otherwise quaint but if you want to have a conversation while dining, go early. The wine list is good but could expand especially where sparkling wines (Bubbly) are concerned. Not sure why restaurants do not carry a FULL line of a dozen or so splits of Champagne or Sparkling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Won't be back.
    HollyHobby
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was the second time I had tried this restaurant and have been disappointed both times. We won't be back. Our waiter wasn't very knowledgable and kept apologizing. Food was so so but not worth the price.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • culinary adventure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Wonderful place to dine. Everything from tapas to entrees. Nice wine list, and fully stocked bar area with comfortable seating areas where groups may gather. Have been there many times and would recommend it to anyone. However it is more for adults than children. There is no children's menu that we have seen. Nice wine list. We have never stayed there but understand it is a nice place to stay in the heart of the Blowing Rock action.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not as great as last time
    tybeefoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We loved the New Public House when we ate there earlier in the summer. The menu has changed and I'm not sure it is an improvement. It seems the staff are tweaking the offerings. The menu is not quite there yet as there are some winners and a few losers. Everyone in our party loved their filets and the trout but the seafood cassoulet left something to be desired. It did not look appetizing to any of us. It wasn't up to standards and we would not order it again. This was disappointing as we had raved about the restaurant to our guests. We hope the New Public House will get the things worked out as we would like for the restaurant to be a success and find the quiet atmosphere nice for carrying on a conversation with other dinners.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, go!
    BrownEyedGirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I knew the restaurant that was here prior, and I love what they have done with the space, it is open, beautiful, and a great place for a couples night out or a simple girls night. Our table had the house salad with chicken, another with filet, and a burger with pimento. Everyone enjoyed their food. They made a simple salad into a gourmet meal. Worth it. After all that lettuce, dessert was needed! We had the cheesecake, pound cake and torte. All great but I favored the cheesecake which is a big deal for this chocolate lover. Overall, I'd go again. I saw my neighbors with the filet mignon dinner, will try that next!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tksmith
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Don't miss this place. Shrimp and grits are out of this world
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so good
    Pumpkin
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have written glowing reviews about the Public House in the past but we had our 4th dinner there and it wasn't too great. I would say it was an off night but it's the second time I got a soggy lettuce salad! It's like they just had washed it and half spun it out. It was early-only 7 pm. Pretty easy to do right so I'll complain-prep your lettuce people! My husband ordered the Grilled Rosemary Chicken-he got too heavily marinated boneless, skinless breasts, lots of rosemary and black grill marks-a few! Thot they marinaded in Italian dressing-totally too salty! I could have bought frozen at Costco!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The New
    Diner
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Somewhat interesting menu and reasonably priced. The fried green tomato wedges too hard to be in wedges- sliced would be better but the crust was good. The flank steak was a bit tough so I wouldn't order it again- the flavor was good though and the accompaniment were interesting and tasty. Dessert was fab! All in all I would return again and do recommend this to others!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new public house ---- quite a hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were sad to lose Crippen's, but are ecstatic with its replaceme! It is superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best for drinks and appetizers
    gagibson
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The appetizers ("Bites") and imaginative cocktails are the stars here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great, service was a problem
    CrystalConnoisseur
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food was excellent. The house bacon app was yummy, although I prefer my bacon crispy rather than chewy. My son's House Salad with house smoked pork was absolutely excellent. I had the flank steak special, also excellent. Side of mushroom/lentil & braised escarole also delicious. Caesar salad--a bit too sour, but loved the whole anchovies on top. The problem was the service. The server (female) was young & surly from the start--no smile, just vague & bored like so many 20 somethings these days seem to be. I told her to bring my son's entree salad at the same time as my entree, but my salad and entree showed up at the same time as his entree salad. Not cool. Her attitude following this was terrible. But got 10% off for next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected more
    PaddymacVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were a bit disappointed with our experience at the New Public House restaurant. We feel the basics are in place, but it doesn't take the extra step needed to make it a great dining experience. The entree's were very good, my husband had the bison meatloaf and I had the trout. The portions were average. The menu is all ala carte. They do not include any bread or even a small house salad, and that is what we felt was needed. With so many really good restaurants in Blowing Rock, they fell short, when all it would take would be to add the extra touches needed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ELC
    Easyed
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great ambiance. Interesting, unique, tasty food combinations. Pleasant staff and excellent wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This is now the best restaurant in Blowing Rock. Great menu. Fantastic chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Snowman
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The menu did not appeal to me, but I have eaten dinner earlier this summer and it was good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Birthday Dinner
    Birthday1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had my daughters eighteen birthday here. The food was good and the service was okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Chef Michael Forman is obviously a well- trained chef. The lobster flatbread appetizer special was nothing short of amazing with soft crust, feta cheese, tomatoes, other vegetables. The shrimp and grits was a gourmet version of a traditional NC favorite as was the mountain trout. Prices were extremely reasonable especially given the quality. The wine list was limited, but glasses were substantial and prices also low. Only downside was a somewhat limited menu but still something for everyone. A real find in an area with overpriced and mediocre restaurants. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a hit!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have eaten twice this summer at The New Public House - for breakfast and for dinner. Both meals were outstanding! The morning grits were creamy and to die for; the eggs perfectly cooked. Our dinner was superb - inventive entrees (we all got something different, and we were each impressed). I would HIGHLY recommend this - drinks on the porch first is a must.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit
    offthemtn
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    this was my second visit. first was breakfast and was very impressed. Second was dinner and still impressed. The menu changed recently from what was on line and that created some different choices but still satisfied. Waitress seemed new and timid. I learned more about dish choices listening and watching other tables and their waiters. Overall, I was very pleased with the dinner. talked about it at work the next day so it had to impress. Atmosphere is ok. chairs seem a bit low for the tables.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new fave spot in Blowing Rock!
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Such a terrific menu. Very creative take on otherwise simple food. Simple in a good way, not base. Loved my meal and everyone in my group enjoyed theirs. Will definitely recommend and return. The portions are large, plenty to take home for lunch the next day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu!
    johnJVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great dinner with 5 friends. Unmatched service from our knowledgeable waitress. Excelent help with selecting our wine and navigating a new menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    Parnac
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Price/Value is not up to par. Along way from Gideon Ridge performance.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love what they've done in converting the former Crippen's. Food has been very good, but maybe a overreaches a little trying to create too many different unique small plate items and sides served with the entrees. Service staff is obviously trained by someone who knows how to run a casually classy place. We'll keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    Charlottevisitor
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Tenderloin was cooked to order but apparently marinated in something super salty. Got enough sodium for a week! Couldn't even finish eating it. But mashed potatoes were very good. Friends scallop and lobster hotpot was just mediocre. Other friend's salad was okay. All the servers were very nice and competent. But sorry to say we will not be back.
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  • great food but a few glitches
    david
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We will be back to see if the next time everything will be perfect. We ordered a salad with our meal, but it never came. My meal, served on naan, was served in a bowl, which made cutting a bit difficult , but it was delicious. The trout dish was wonderful, and the fish fry goodt. They did comp us a desert as they forgot the salad, but the biscuit on one was burnt and the pound cake on mine was toasted to the point it was too hard to cut with the spoon they gave me. The taste was good though. Our waitress seemed stressed and when asked for a carafe of water for the table, needed a couple of reminders to actually bring it and then she took it away during dinner again. Overall, the food was good and we will be back for a second try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5th visit- won't be disappointed!
    Pumpkin
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We love this place. The chef here also supervises the other two restaurants they own- G at Gideon Ridge and Bistro Roca. But he is physically here at this restaurant; this is the best of the three although Roca is a close second! The atmosphere and ambience is good; no views of mountains and all; the restaurant is on a side street in town but if you just want great food and wine at a reasonable price, go here! You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neat find
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food great. Service exceptional. Beautiful environment and comfortable dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.