Most people know that the Tavern is old—really old. But just how old is a subject of some debate. Built in 1745 (it even says so on the menu), it is a rare relic of pre-Revolutionary New England designed to grind the grain raised by nearby colonial farmers. When exactly it opened as a restaurant, we may never know.
No matter. Today, The Old Gristmill is touted by locals as the preeminent New England tavern featuring everything from steaks and chops to some of the freshest seafood dishes in all of New England. Our Crab Cakes are legendary, as is the Baked Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp. Other favorites are Clams Steamed in Garlic, Onions and White Wine, Boston Scrod and, of course, lobsters served virtually any way you like them.