Where We’re Eating: Ye Olde Ale House

ye-olde-ale-houseEvery town should have a cozy bar with cheap beers, friendly servers and fantastic sandwiches. For Lafayette Hill, that bar is Ye Olde Ale House. For roast pork, you’re better off making the hike to John’s or Tony Luke’s in Pennsport, but the roast beef here rivals the best of the Philadelphia sammies, and the roast ham is a close second. They’ll try to push their specialty fries on you (topped with gravy, with cheese, with chili and cheese, and more), and if you succumb, go for the loaded Continental fries. Just tell them you want them well done, because there’s nothing worse than pale, limp fries — no matter what you top them with.

Ye Olde Ale House [Foobooz]

Originally published in the May 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

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  • Bob

    No really, it’s a decent neighborhood spot out there. It’s not fancy, flashy, or nice, but the food is solid and it smells so good in there.

    • Especially now that the food doesn’t compete with the smell of cigarettes. But the wood-grained paper plates seem to be gone. Does anyone still serve on them? Casey’s perhaps?

  • Joe

    You want pork in the burbs, Sessanos in Norristown rivals the best of south philly!

  • Denise Rambo

    When I got married back in 1985, the Laspas family (who owned The Ale House) provided their beef (with rolls, au jus & horseradish) for my wedding. Two of their carvers happened to be family members of mine and they carved the beef at the reception. I don’t think to go there often but the food is excellent. We used to run into Jim O’Brien there fairly frequently back in the old days.

  • Denise Rambo

    I second Sessano’s for Roast Pork in the suburbs. Even BETTER than Tony Luke’s – which I think has gotten REALLY spicy in the last several months.