The New Public House & Hotel

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828 reviews
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Welcome to The New Public House and Hotel located in historic Downtown Blowing Rock. Our food is a wonderful selection of local seasonal entrees and small plates.

We serve breakfast Monday through Saturday from 8 until 11, Sunday from 8 until noon. We serve lunch Saturday from 11 until 3 and brunch Sunday from noon until 3.

Breakfast items include fresh home made biscuits as well as fresh sausages that are all made in house.

Dinner is served Tuesday through Saturday nights from 5 until 9
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The cornbread for 2 was good. The chopped Caesar salad was not a chopped salad. The lettuce was as big as my hand. Also, blah dressing and seriously underdressed. Hamburger good. Fish on fish and chips good. Fries were the high point. Delicious. Slaw with fish and chips was seriously underdressed. Really nothing on the veggies. Service was slowish but we were not in a hurry and server was pleasant. Also, they were out of the beer we ordered. We would recommend with some reservation.

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C
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for breakfast. Food was excellent. Biscuits and gravy was very tasty and French toast was great.

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TE
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great! Server was adorable!!! Food great!

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B
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot off the main drag - excellent food and family friendly! Easy return in the near future for sure

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KM
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Public House is a great farm to table restaurant with fun small plates and shareable items and tempting burgers and entrees. My husband and I shared the smoked trout dip, which was amazing; Fish & chips, which was also so good. We also loved the scallop and lobster nachos. If you're there and you see the Lengua sliders (beef tongue), do yourself a favor and GET THEM. All in all the experience was wonderful and we're so happy to have a place like this nearby.

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OT
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal. Service was excellent. I usually look for the negative, but this was a purely positive experience. The value was very good as well.

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable and cozy breakfast spot with heat service and good food. Only the oatmeal was subpar; the rest of the food (biscuit sandwiches, French toast, etc) was very good and fairly priced.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely one of our favorites!

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KV
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had eaten at this restaurant last year and it was very good. But not this time. Service was terrible. Food just average. Not sure what happened. Very disappointed.

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JS
Western NC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal. Will definitely go back and have told others the same.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s was amazing

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Cheeseburgers were under cooked. Fries were over cooked and seemed they had been sitting under a warmer for awhile.

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SR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was okay/average as was the service. Nothing special. Be warned that the chairs only fit a size 0.

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VW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was great; however, we were seated in the large dining room that was very warm, with no air circulation.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, good wine list, and friendly service. If you're looking for some different twists on savory dishes, you can't go wrong at the New Public House.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food awesome place!

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DB
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried NPH after we heard good things about it in several different circles. Their cocktail menu had several interesting concoctions, and we tried the Lilet Lemonade. It was fabulously refreshing. We both had the black bean and chorizo soup, which was quickly served, and was quite flavorful. We tried two main courses, the meatloaf and the pork chop. Both meals were accompanied with potatoes and vegetables. The serving sizes were quite large, but after tasting them we were glad they were. We finished the meal with two different desserts- a strawberry crisp and a chocolate s’more pie! Both were excellent. Our waiter, Trevor, was very friendly and excellent in his service to us. We will highly recommend this restaurant to others, and look forward to when we return!

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RS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

Our meal was easily the worst we’ve had in years. Both dishes were below room temperature when they arrived at the table. They replaced one with a hotter dish—good—but the dish was still very blah. One side order was frankly cold and dried out. One of our dishes was a bison burger. It was undercooked despite our medium-well order, and it tasted like it had been cooked on a griddle or skillet with rancid or reused oil. It was inedible. To his credit, the server was a very nice young man and did his best—and he gave excellent service. We are not difficult people and we chose not to complain because the situation was just hopeless, so other than asking for the one dish to be reheated, we just chose to be friendly and nice to the server, who was nice to us. We never write reviews, but it would be a disservice to prospective diners at this restaurant if we did not in this case. Ugh.

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N
Western NC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Sunday brunch for Mother's day. The food was delicious and the price was very reasonable. I felt very fortunate to get a table for 8 at such a fine restaurant on a busy holiday. I highly recommend this restaurant. I've eaten here on three other occasions and have always had a good experience!

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Well, we travel a good bit, and I booked The New Public House because it was both Mother's Day and App State's graduation weekend, and I wanted reservations. The food and the service were just okay; however, the dining room could use some updating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After my daughter graduated, our family celebrated with dinner at The New Public House. They had a private dining room for us which was intimate and the perfect setting. The service and food were amazing. Wonderfull experience!

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MP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A bit pricey for what you get but the food and service is very good. Ambiance is excellent.

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SG
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! Meatloaf wrapped in bacon a big hit! You won’t regret eating here.

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TW
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

It was very good food. Service was excellent. But it was extremely loud.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

College graduation

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CW
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In general the experience was average. The timing of the main dishes was very close to the arrival of our appetizers, so there was a lot of plate crowding and feeling of being rushed. The whole meal lasted approximately 40 minutes. Cocktails were decent, chicken pot pie was good. We were surprised by the loud ambient noise in the restaurant, considering it was not full. I would go back if invited, but would not choose to go back independently.

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BL
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dinner at the New Public House & Hotel on Friday May 3. We dined on some delicious burgers and craft beers. Our server was attentive and courteous. The restaurant is conveniently located only a few blocks from Main Street's many shops and attractions. Every time we come to Blowing Rock for the Wine Festival we try to eat at the New Public House. It is a great place for both small and large groups to enjoy a wonderful meal together.

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SS
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place in my town, fun to go to Weiner Wednesday.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The wait staff seemed overwhelmed and disorganized when we arrived. We were seated at our table for 15 minutes before we even got water — and that was when we asked after seeing other tables receive service. Service was batter after that — except for waiting 5 minutes to get a soup spoon (and they finally brought a TEA spoon — and the food itself was excellent.

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J
Greensboro
31 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We had been frequent customers.

This experience from start to finish has put a return in doubt. From placing us outside of the normal dining area in a cold room in which the heater was not working until we completed our meal, to some unfortunate changes in it’s classic dishes, we had our worst recent dining experience.
The classic blue cheese wedge was anything but blue cheese. The burger was as cold as the room. And who
doesn’t offer a condiment with fries.

Best to make another choice.

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C
Charlotte
29 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Husband’s birthday. Shocked to see sanitation grade was 90. Overall, food was ok and service was great!

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r
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The setting in the old house was great. The food was pretty good. For entrees starting at $20, I expected a little better. I will say my adult son said the chicken pot pie was the best he ever had. My daughter liked the fried chicken. The chicken was moist and tasty, but the fried part not crispy or all that delicious to me. The collard greens were very good and the cheese grits were the beet part of the meal. We also had the donuts and buttermilk pie but they were lackluster.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Had to send food back. Undercooked burger and fish.

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DC
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was the first time we had eaten there and it was fantastic! Nice diverse menu and great food. The service was excellent. Much better than our meal at The Best Cellar located next door. Take a few extra steps down Sunset for a greater overall dining experience We definitely will be going back soon!

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HT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and service! They do need some more reasonably priced wines considering the range in price of their food. Cheapest bottle was $36 but you can get dinner for $15 (and that’s about a $15 bottle at the store). Or you could do like we did and buy a great $15 across the street and pay the $15 corkage fee and still play less. They’d sell more wine if they had cheaper bottles.

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RG
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is part of a bed and breakfast which fits right in with the Blowing Rock vibe. Homey decor with top notch service. The great disappointment came from the food, particularly the coffee. We ate breakfast there on Sunday morning after a weekend get-away. The coffee itself is locally roasted, which was a fun fact. However it carried strong citrus notes. Not sweet but sour. It was weird and not at all to our liking. It tasted odd enough that we asked to have others taste it to make sure it was how it was supposed to taste. We were told it was how it always is. We changed to decaf which, while slightly better, still had the sour taste. The restaurant offers several selections and variations of Eggs Benedict. I ordered the Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict which substitutes a fried green tomato for the Canadian bacon or ham. Very delicious except the center of the tomato was too hard to eat. Very unpleasant. The egg was cooked to perfection and the hollandaise sauce was tasty if a little bland. The Sausage and Gravy Eggs Benedict substitutes a sausage patty for the bacon or ham which was fine except it was basically flavorless sausage. The biscuit was quite dry. The English muffin was fine but both dishes were clearly prepared with little to no seasoning. The gravy was gloppy and blah. Both of us asked for salt and pepper. Neither of us finished either cup of coffee.
Hopefully this is not the regular fare since they are rated in the top tier of restaurants in Blowing Rock for breakfast. But we will never know. Too many other places to explore.

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NR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful weekend. Staff were always friendly and helpful with everything. Breakfast tasted delicious. We will be back.

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SS
Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place ,always good.First time eating brunch. Only negative, new metal chairs are so cold and uncomfortable .

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KJ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. George V. served our needs very well. Chairs were less than comfortable, but the overall ambience was excellent.

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