Valley Voyage: McCoole’s Red Lion Inn offers food, drinks, theater

McCoole’s Red Lion Inn provides a great escape and delicious meal without emptying your wallet. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

By Allison McCausland

Online Editor

Looking for a more out and about place to spend the weekend? Or perhaps a throwback to the classic “dinner and a show” that seems to only happen in more commercial and fast-paced areas? If so, then McCoole’s Red Lion Inn is the place to visit.

A location with rich history that started in 1750, McCoole’s is one of Quakertown’s gems which dates back to its tavern days during the Revolutionary War period. McCoole’s in the present, however, enjoys its restored rustic charm as a bar and restaurant that the establishment prides itself on as being, “upscale atmosphere for the working person’s wallet.”

Rightly so the restaurant provides a classic eighteenth century atmosphere with affordable and delicious meals of a great variety. From burgers and seafood, to steak and delectable desserts, the Inn has a dish for everyone. The kitchen also prides itself on being GMO free, preferring to use locally sourced ingredients. These foods and drinks can be taken in either in the historic charm of the establishment or on their patio.

The bar is fully stock with year-round favorites, and specialty mixes by request and featured during various holidays. McCoole’s also has a Wine of the Month event showcasing local and popular picks. This month, they feature Alice White’s Lexia Moscato and Ravage Cabernet Sauvignon on March 29th.

 Nevertheless, wine isn’t for everyone, which is why the Inn host their annual Beerfest on April 29th. Customers are invited to try various beers, microbrews, wines, and spirits with entrees from the restaurant’s menu. Patrons can enjoy the food and spirits with live music from local artists to make the evening unforgettable.

For patrons who want some entertainment before or after their meals, McCoole’s Arts and Events Theater provides escape and excitement for all who attend. The upper level’s black box theater hosts live musical performances and Star of the Day event productions of popular stage musicals and plays.

Just recently, the theater was in nineteenth century France with their production of Les Miserables, and will next produce the comical musical Little Shop of Horrors from May 5-20. However, for now the theater provides live musical performances from noted pianist, Rita Bieber, whose musical stylings give patrons two blissful hours of relaxation. Tickets for these events can be purchased at the theater box office at 10 South Main Street, Quaketwon, PA 18951, or by visiting for further information.

Have an event coming up soon, and no place to host it? The first floor of the Arts and Events Theater is available to be rented for events as well. Whether it’s a party or a banquet, McCoole’s is equipped to handle it, as well as offering their catering services for internal or outside events.

McCoole’s Red Lion Inn is located on 4 South Main Street, Quakertown, PA 18951. Reservations can be made by phone at 215-538-1776 or by visiting their webpage, Their website also provides additional information for their various events, their theater schedule, historical information, and menu options.

The restaurant is open from 11:30 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Friday to Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Inn is closed on Mondays. McCoole’s also hosts Happy Hours on its open days from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

So if the weekend seems like it’s going to be bleak and dull, McCoole’s is just the place to brighten things up and have a great time doing it.

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