Fardowners is Now a PUB?!

I, for one, am exceedingly please to now have a pub in Crozet. I really liked the old Fardowners, but I’m certainly looking forward to trying out their pub fare and atmosphere.

Courtesy of Fardowners’ email newsletter:

"A Sneak Peek at the new Fardowners…

Read on for more on what the Pub at Fardowners is all about!

Dear Jim,

In case you missed the last newsletter, we were closed last week for some minor renovations and in order to prepare for our newest endeavor – "the Pub at Fardowners." We apologize for any inconvenience, and wholeheartedly invite you to join us as we reopen tomorrow (Monday, August 17th) to unveil our new look and new menu. For you, our valued guests, we’d like to offer the following insight into what’s in store for Fardowners…

The Food

We’ll have lots of appetizing munchies for starters – including but not limited to:
Spinach Dip in a locally made artisan bread bowl
Fresh Wings in Mild, BBQ, or Jerk sauce
Tachos (a wacky twist on the classic nachos!)
A variety of mini sliders with hormone-free beef from Gryffon Aerie Farm in White Hall

Our salads will still feature local greens and produce from Brightwood Farm in Madison

Lots of sandwich options for lunch or dinner
(all featuring local bread from Goodwin Creek in Afton)
A classic Philly with sirloin or chicken
Pulled Pork BBQ with house made coleslaw
Gryffon’s Aerie Sloppy Joe

Several entrees available anytime (we just couldn’t part with these!)
Our classic Grilled Meatloaf with Gryffon’s Aerie beef
Everyone’s favorite Stuffed Pork Chop
Twice-Baked Mac & Cheese

We’ll also continue to bring you delicious, seasonal, and always homemade desserts

Our tasty brunch menu will not be changing much (why mess with such a good thing, right?) and will still be served from 11 am – 3 pm. Difference is, we’ll stay open on Sunday nights now!

* Lots of the regular menu items will be available on our late-night menu as well, so congregate with us as we feature live local artists or come in to watch the big game on one of our new TVs! *

The Drinks

We’re definitely upping the ante in this department. As always, Happy Hour is 4-7 Monday-Friday. Sunday afternoons (from 4-9 pm) we’ll offer up local drafts for $2.50 a pint and $9 a pitcher.

All day until 9 pm we’ll feature deals on
Martini Mondays
Tequila Tuesdays
Wine Wednesdays

The Music

We’re starting off with a bang. Come out on Saturday August 29th to check out Max Collins and Ross van Brocklin of the Kings of Belmont playing an acoustic set, followed by Space Cadet 7. We’re so siked about these guys opening up our new music series that this show will be free! More details will follow, but mark your calendars now!

If jazz is more your style- Bobby Read will be taking time out from touring with Bruce Hornsby for a surprise show at Fardowners before hitting the road again! Join us for some of the area’s best jazz on Sunday August 30. $10 cover charge.

We’ll be featuring local talent more and more. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for news about upcoming events happening on weekends.
We hope you’re as excited as we are, and we can’t wait to see lots of familiar faces this week at Fardowners. Be the first to try our new menu and check out our new look!

Sincerely yours,
Mark Cosgrove
W.C. Winkler
& the rest of the staff at Fardowners Restaurant"

Fardowners in the Square

Any restaurant that has CrayAngles is going to win my vote to return.

Open since 17 December of 2007, Fardowner’s is chugging along, prepping for their forthcoming spring menu.

From the HooK in January:

The name refers to the name of the Irish immigrants who built Claudius Crozet’s four tunnels through the Blue Ridge Mountains in the decade before the Civil War, an engineering feat whose centerpiece, the Blue Ridge Tunnel through Afton, still gets accolades. 

According to Fardowners’ owner, Charlottesville native W.C. Winkler, the name is derived from “far down south in Ireland,” though some think it’s derived from “far down under the mountain.” Either way, it makes for a nifty name! And that’s just what Winkler had in mind.

Dinner for a family of four for under eighty bucks (with drinks, including tip) = not bad in this day and age. The train theme carries through to the paper my daughter was given to occupy her time – with a train to color, naturally.

Outstanding fresh bread with three home-made sauces – raspberry, horseradish mustard and honey mustard – all of which were very tasty. Appetizer were corn fritters – five fried fritters that looked quite a bit like hush puppies – having five to split amongst the four of us provided an opportunity for negotiating.

The house salads were fresh and good, as were the dressings. The meals came out, well-timed in their arrival.

The kids’ mac and cheese was quite good (and good the next day as well) and resembled a cheese soup with noodles. Around the rest of the white-clothed table were pork chops with asparagus and mashed potatoes, grilled meatloaf with the same sides and a monstrous chicken pot pie with a crust of mashed potatoes – all of which did nothing but encourage us to return.

Staff were friendly and helpful and the owner came over to inquire if “everything was alright,” and the selection of wines, beers was impressive as were the choices of local wines and beers – that we have two breweries so close is quite nice.

As an aside, having Jerry Garcia Band as background music was an added bonus.

Not too crowded nor overwhelmingly priced with good atmosphere – we’ll be back.

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