Jawdropper of the Week: A More Stately Manor in Lafayette Hill

741 Thomas Rd., Lafayette Hill, Pa. 19118 | Photos by Herb Engelsberg via The Sivel Group

731 Thomas Rd., Lafayette Hill, Pa. 19118 | Photos by Herb Engelsberg via The Sivel Group

Does the home whose rear portico you see above call to mind images of country clubs or mansions from the movies?

If it doesn’t, maybe you haven’t been watching the right movies, for this beautifully restored 1920 center-hall Colonial is so photogenic it hurts.

Designed by Robert McGoodwin and built for Andorra Nursery owner William Harper, “Andorra House” is the beneficiary of a top-to-bottom renovation that has both restored and renewed its original historic details and updated it for today’s way of life, with plenty of gracious spaces for everyday living and entertaining. Read more »

iRunTheHill: New Facebook Group for Chestnut Hill Runners and Cyclists

Photo via iRunTheHill

Photo via iRunTheHill

We have to admit, you guys, that it tickles us pink every time we hear about a new way you all are connecting with one another to make Philly a healthier, happier place to live. First there was the Run215 Facebook group to provide Philly runners with a central hub for all things, well, Philly running. Now some folks out in Chestnut Hill are doing the same thing with a new Facebook group called iRuntheHill.

Founded by Indigo Schuy owner Schuyler Nunn and local runner/triathlete Amy Martine-Carolla, the group is free and open to join, and serves up content for anyone who loves to walk, run or bike in and around Chestnut Hill and Lafayette Hill.

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Twin Openings for Lafayette Hill


Today marks the opening day of both Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery and the reopening of Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. It’s a big moment for Lafayette Hill as the two establishments that face each other across Germantown Pike have both been substantially upgraded.

Erin Wallace who owns Devil’s Den and Old Eagle Tavern has overhauled the old General Lafayette Inn. Head Brewer Scott Morrison (a five time medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival) is brewing six house-made brews. Twenty-four other craft beers will be available on draft. Chef Paul Trowbridge has developed a menu of beer-inspired food.

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Barren Hills Beers Debut at Devil’s Den Tonight

Barren Hill Beer Release0001Barren Hill Tavern may not be open yet but head brewer Scott Morrison has been hard at work brewing beers. And tonight, Devil’s Den will be putting his first six creations on tap. Barren Hill Tavern will replace the General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill and will be run by same team that’s behind Devil’s Den and Manayunk’s Old Eagle Tavern.

With the debut of the beers tonight at 7 p.m., you can expect Morrison’s beers to be a permanent part of Devil’s Den’s draft lines.

The beers on tap tonight »

Brittingham’s Is Getting a Serious Makeover

Brittingham's - Exterior - Morrissey Design

Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Lafayette Hill is getting a a big-time renovation. New owners, developer Randy Feinberg and David Eckelmeyer (CJ & Ecks) are closing down the local favorite  on Monday, April 1st.

When the bar reopens in fall of 2013, it will have the same name and bar area but just about everything else will have been updated. Jonathan Adams (Rival Bros, Pub & Kitchen) will be consulting with his former Brasserie Perrier line-mate  Joseph Frost in creating a neighborhood menu with Irish inspiration. Keith Raimondi of Lemon Hill will be creating and consulting on the restaurant’s cocktail menu, beer selection and overall beverage program.

Morrissey Design is handling the redo. Look for two dining rooms, expanded outdoor seating and a bar that will open to the outside, wraparound decks, porches and fire pits.

With Barren Hill replacing the General Lafayette and the renovated Brittingham’s, Lafayette Hill will have some fresh dining and drinking options.

Rendering of Brittingham’s interior »

Devil’s Den Crew To Open Barren Hill

General Lafayette Inn

Word came down this morning that the Devil’s Den/Old Eagle Tavern team have taken the plunge and are (or soon will be) the proud new owners of the General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill. The place has been a regular in the real estate listings for quite some time, but now it looks like it’s going to get new life as a brew pub.

What do we know right now? We know that when it reopens, it will be called Barren Hill (after the original name for the area) and that it will open with 30 taps–6 of them pouring Barren Hill brews with a plan for three of those to be “accessible” (IPA, lager and the like) and three being more “adventurous.” We know that it’ll be a beer-focused joint (of course), but that there will be a menu and that current Devil’s Den chef, Paul Trowbridge, will be manning the burners. And we also know that the beer brewed at Barren Hill will also be sold at Devil’s Den and the Old Eagle Tavern in Manayunk.

Oh, and we’ve also heard that the team is looking at a mid-to-late summer opening, so they’d better get cracking.

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