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!