Farmhouse Friday: Lane’s End Farm Gets Second Price Cut

Photos by Herb Engelsberg | Courtesy of Michael Sivel/The Sivel Group

Photos by Herb Engelsberg | Courtesy of Michael Sivel/The Sivel Group

Once again on the Property circuit, Lane’s End Farm has been spotted with a second price cut. Not for lacking of anything to say, but we decided to dig around a bit to see if there was anything we had missed in the previous times we’ve covered it, and get this: it’s minutes from the historic William Penn Inn, where Penn would stay when visiting Quaker friends in the area. (The building recently celebrated its 300th anniversary!) Moreover, despite its private and seemingly rural surroundings, the property is actually just a short drive from the North Wales business district.

It does certainly preserve its secluded vibe though. Situated within 234 acres of nature preserve, the 18.57 acre property has a long, tree-lined drive putting the road and the residence a good distance from each other. Various buildings make up the property, including a renovated manor house, stone barn, two cottages, and multiple garages. The first of these has had a mudroom and laundry added, while its kitchen has been updated with radiant heated floors, marble center island, and commercial Wolf range with double ovens and custom hood. A morning room with fireplace adjoins the kitchen.

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Savona’s Month-Long Anniversary Celebration

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Savona, at 100 Old Gulph Road in Gulph Mills, is celebrating its 18th anniversary by introducing a new happy hour food and drink menu and offering specials all month.

The new happy hour is Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. All cocktails, beer and glasses of wine are half off. The snack menu offers mini pizzas for $8, antipasti for $7, and crostini for $5.

Check out the happy hour menu and more anniversary plans »

Iron Hill Adding 12th Location

photo_ironhillIron Hill Brewery which opened its 11th location late last year in Ardmore has announced its next location. Iron Hill founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies have picked the Huntingdon Valley for their location number 12. Expected to open in early 2016, the brewpub will be located in the Huntingdon Valley Shopping Center at Huntingdon Pike and Rockledge Avenue.

And if you’re anything like me, know that Huntingdon Valley, isn’t some far off land but is just outside of the city line, near Fox Chase and east of Jenkintown.

Iron Hill began in Newark, Delaware back in 1996 and has expanded regularly over the last 19 years. The brewpub chain has regularly brought home awards from the Great American Beer Festival, this past year saw them bring home three.

Iron Hill – Huntingdon Valley [Foobooz]

Leila’s Bistro Welcomes New Chef

sam-jacobsonBack in December, we told you Sam Jacobson was coming to Leila’s Bistro in Jenkintown. Well, tonight is his first (official) night at the cafe and he’s bringing a whole new menu with him.

While owner Jose Vargas is focusing on his new restaurant, Robert’s Block, located in Glenside, Jacobson (who you might remember from his time at NoBL, Sycamore and Southwark) will be manning the stoves at Leila’s–which will now be open Wednesday through Sunday.

Wanna see his new menu? We thought you might. Check it out below.

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Morning Headlines: Move to Narberth If You’re Tired of Rising Property Taxes

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Photo credit: Julia Rowe via Flickr.

Next time you hear someone complaining about a property tax hike, point them to Narberth. The Main Line Times’ Cheryl Allison reports the Montgomery County Borough has—for the fifth year in a row—kept its no-tax increase rate.

A 6-0 vote by Borough Council in late December ended in favor of keeping the 8.777 mills real estate tax rate, which Allison says it’s had since 2011.

For a moment there, though, it didn’t seem like it would happen. In November, borough manager Bill Martin estimated that a “tax rate increase of .399 mills, to 9.194 mills” might be needed.

According to Allison, avoiding the rate hike was made possible thanks to an interest rate on a short-term loan that was going to cover removal costs of the former Rockland Avenue Bridge in 2013, as well as the proceeds from the project. Another factor keeping the rate in line was a “per-ton cost for solid waste disposal.” This cost is set to keep waste fees at bay this year.

No property tax increase in Narberth Borough for fifth year [Main Line Times]

In other news…

Mainland Inn Opens Tonight in Harleysville

mainland-inn-940The long delayed reopening of the Mainland Inn in Harleysville is set for this evening. The restaurant will source much of its bounty from the neighboring Quarry Hill Farm and other local farms. Chef Ezra Duker is in the kitchen. The Philadelphia native has worked at Morimoto Napa, The French Laundry and the Orrery, in London.

The menu is broken down into a section of “Relishes,” small dishes with an emphasis on fermentation and pickling, soup, hot and cold appetizers and entrees that include an interpretation of cottage pie with grilled ribeye, monkfish cassoulet with a shellfish boudin, heirloom beans and tarragon. Large-format, whole-animal preparation are featured in the “Roast” section of the menu.

The beverage program will include biodynamic wines, organic beers and artisan spirits.

Full menu and more on the Mainland Inn »

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