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Wheelchair Jimmy Accessibility Comments

We dined at the historic White Horse Tavern in Newport R.I. during our October 2018 trip throughout New England. On our drive to the historic Newport Cliff Walk and Breakers Mansion we drove by the White Horse Tavern which is considered the oldest tavern in America dating back to 1673. We couldn’t resist.

We just ordered Irish Coffee but they were great and the service wonderful. We even bought souvenir hats. Accessibility however is not so great. There are a few steps in front but a large parking lot in the rear and a ramped entry. The manager had to clear a path and open the back door but at least we avoided the steps. Unfortunately they do not have an accessible restroom. Never a good idea to go to a tavern without a restroom.

The restaurant and bar are accessible. The main dining room is old colonial style, rustic, charming and quite spacious. We sat in the original tiny bar area which was a combination of bar stools and cafe type tables. It was very tight but really cozy and fun. A perfect setting for Irish Coffee on a crisp fall day.

On the WJAR index the White Horse Tavern gets a 1 as it doesn’t offer an accessible restroom. But I love these old historic properties and this tavern was a fun memory! The fun never ends!

Dining Experience

Just an OK restaurant

Restaurant Entrance Accessibility

Step free or easy ramped entrance

Use side door for step free entry

Relatively level grade at entrance

Nearby Accessible Parking

1 Van accessible parking space

Restaurant Overview Accessibility

Step free or easy ramps on main dining level

Many available tables

Bar Area: reasonably accessible

Restaurant Bathroom Accessibility

NO accessible restroom

Additional Details

  • WJAR Rating:1
  • Price:$$$
  • Type of Cuisine:Tavern/Bar
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  • User Rating:4.4

1 Review for White Horse Tavern

Wheelchair Jimmy

71 Reviews

America's Oldest Tavern – Great Fun!

Overall Restaurant Accessibility Rating

1/ 5

Restaurant Accessibility Rating

1/ 5

Restaurant Bathroom Accessibility Rating

1/ 5

Restaurant Dining Accessibility Rating

4/ 5

Restaurant Parking Accessibility Rating

3/ 5

We couldn’t resist stopping at reportedly the oldest tavern in America. We had a great memory with Irish Coffee in a charming colonial setting but unfortunately there is no wheelchair accessible restroom. But we loved the experience!

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