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Camelot, Found…in Epping New Hampshire

Holy Grail - Epping NH

We’re knights of the round table, We dance whenever we’re able, We do routines, and chorus scenes, With footwork impeccable. We dine well here in Camelot, We eat ham, and jam, and spam a lot.

Last Friday night, we found the Holy Grail.  Well, the Pub that is.  Epping New Hampshire is home to an old renovated church turned pub called the Holy Grail.  Their web-site boasts Divine Food and Heavenly Spirits.  I’d have to agree.  A glowing Holy Grail sign adorns the beautiful white church building letting passers by know they have arrived at a truly special place.

My lovely friend Lisa (who introduced us to this beer mecca), had made reservations so we were promptly seated at a circular table at the back of the pub.  (I would definitely recommend making a reservation as this is a very popular local spot.) We had a great view of the place as the proprietors have kept the integrity of the churches open concept design.  The building was originally the Old St. Joseph’s Church constructed in 1896 and established as a Parish in 1898.  The Kennedy family has sure found a special home for their pub.

We were greeted warmly by our waiter Jeff and quickly picked our beers and dinner.  Lisa and I HAD to own an “authentic”  Holy Grail chalice.  We all chose to start off with the Holy Grail Ale English Pale Ale…of course.  We loved the HGA, all agreeing that it is a flavorful session style beer.  Sean and Gavin chose a Dogfish Head 60 min. as their second beers which Sean said “was amazingly fresh and hoppy on draft.”  I finished up with one of my favorites Boddington’s English Pale Ale.  Creamy head with a balanced malt/hop character…wonderful on tap and paired nicely with our meals. Our dinner choices were fish ‘n chips, boiled dinner, buffalo fingers and corned beef sandwich.  Yum, yum, and yum! Great food, great service.

Looking around the pub, we noticed many framed coat of arms with family names on them that were hung all over the walls.  Our waiter (Jeff) told us that the peoples names that adorn these frames were part of the original elite Roundtable Club. They were trophies awarded to the brave  patrons who have savored ALL the beers The Grail has on draft and in bottles.  They have since run out of wall space and re-created the challenge.   If you choose to woos out and finish only the approx 42 beers on draft and in regular sized bottles you will still be rewarded.  The family will create you a special t-shirt with your family crest on it!  The newest twist on the Roundtable Club is to add the approx 20 bombers to the other 42 beers….If you conquer this feat you will get our name engraved on a stone to go outside on there walkway.  (Because they ran out of wall space for the crests, they moved the fun outside!)   Were we brave enough to accept this test and plow through 62 beers by the end of the year?  In the end, Jeff with dagger in hand, convinced us to bravely raise our swords, and set out on our own Roundtable quests…we have only 60 beers to go…

Friends at the Holy Grail Restaurant

Cheers to the folks of the Holy Grail!

We greatly enjoyed our grog and grub and we will be back very soon!

The Holy Grail
64 Main Street
Epping NH

Holy Grail Hours

Closed on Monday.

Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm.

Thursday – Saturday 11:30 am – 12:00 am.

Kitchen is open until 9:00 pm Sun, Tues & Wed. and 10:00 pm Thurs. – Sat.

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