Old restaurants and hotels around the world often have a great history behind them. Guests tend to visit these restaurants to taste ancient cuisines and experience timeless meals dating as far back as the 17th century. With that said, here are some of the oldest and well-reviewed restaurants around the world.
White Horse Tavern
The White Horse Tavern restaurant was established back in 1673. Located in Rhode Island, the tavern building was initially built in 1652. Then, in 1673, it was sold to William Mayes. It is believed that the White Horse Tavern is one of the oldest buildings in the United States, let alone restaurants.
Initially, the building was being used as a city hall and as the then Rhode Assembly meeting room. The White Horse was also used to house the American and British soldiers during the American Revolution. Then, in 1957, the Van Bueren family re-opened the building as a restaurant.
The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head restaurant is located in Ireland and was established all the way back in 1198. As Ireland’s oldest pub, this restaurant is famous for its traditional food and its live music concerts. It has a signature dish consisting of Irish bangers and mash made from a butcher’s recipe.
Honke Owariya is a Japanese restaurant first opened in 1465 as a confectionery shop. Focusing on traditional Japanese cuisine, the average meal at this ancient restaurant costs approximately 30 U.S. dollars.
The shop relocated from the Owari region after the then emperor summoned the owners. Honke Owariya was then set up in Kyoto. The restaurant even has a signature meal of soba noodles that are prepared from top-notch buckwheat flour.
Zum Franziskaner is located in Stockholm, Sweden, serving Swedish-German cuisine, first established back in 1421. The founders of the hotel were German Monks, and the restaurant has now maintained its high-quality food for 600 years. Even the wood paneling on the walls dates back to 1910.
Sobrino de Botin
Casa Botín was established in 1725 and is located at the heart of Madrid, Spain. Specializing in both Castilian and traditional Spanish delicacies, the restaurant was founded by Jean Botin, a French cook and his wife. Since the couple didn’t have children to inherit the restaurant, they passed it onto the nephew of Mrs. Botin. The hotel was renamed Sobrino de Botin, meaning “wealth of the nephew.”