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Mystery, Local Fare, Colonial Cookery, Craft Brews are all on the Menu at Peddler’s Village

Throughout the year, visitors can expect dining options to fit every palate and budget at Peddler’s Village, a mecca for eating, drinking, shopping and family entertainment just outside New Hope.

There also are special experiences to savor, ranging from rollicking whodunits to demonstrations of centuries-old cooking techniques to samplings of microbrew beers.

On Friday and Saturday nights through December 27, The Spy Who Killed Me is playing at Murder Mystery Dinner Theater in the Peddler’s Pub in the colonial-style Cock ’n Bull restaurant. In addition to clues, patrons can ponder a three-course menu that includes raspberry glazed salmon, beef tenderloin and grilled portabella mushroom topped with spinach and gorgonzola cheese.

The $54.95 per person price includes dinner, the show, tax and gratuity. There’s an optional cash bar. Children under 18 are not permitted. To reserve a place at the table, call (215) 794-4051. (Online reservations are not available.)

Buttonwood Grill serves casual fare in a relaxed setting, including outdoor dining on lovely autumn days. Buttonwood pours specialty cocktails, 50 bottled beers and 20 rotating draft beers, including 10 taps devoted exclusively to craft brews.

With so many beers to choose from, patrons might not get around to sampling every brew that intrigues them. No worries. Guests can take home beer in a two-liter growler to enjoy later. Bring your own growler or buy a souvenir growler at the grill. You also can mix and match a 12-pack of bottled beers to go. Can’t decide? Buttonwood’s friendly and brew-savvy servers can help you make selections to suit your taste.

Earl’s Bucks County also offers al fresco dining, as well as atmospheric indoor repasts. Paintings of idyllic Pennsylvania landscapes reflect the fare, which focuses on regionally raised ingredients. Think pork belly and sausages from hogs raised at Mosefund Farm in nearby Branchville, N.J., and cobblers crafted from seasonal fruits.

Every Monday evening, January through March, the Cock ’n Bull hosts an Evening in a Colonial Kitchen. A tradition for 30 years, the event has been featured on the Food Network’s “Best of” series.

Guests can ask food historians questions about Early American cookery as the experts bake pies in a Dutch oven and roast beef on a clockwork-jack, an 18th-century gadget invented to turn a spit over the fire. Guests can choose four courses from a keepsake menu and everyone gets a brochure of colonial recipes to take home.

In all, Peddler’s Village is home to six restaurants, an ice cream parlor and a bakery. Check out a complete list of dining options and menus at Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska, Pa. (215) 794-4000.