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Kegney Brothers Pub

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Kegney Brothers Pub on Main Street

Kegney Brothers Pub on Main Street

In downtown Lynchburg, VA, at 1118 Main Street, you will find Kegney Brothers Pub.  In the style of a true public house, in  Ireland, the interior of Kegney Brothers, the menu and the drink selections hark back to the original Kegney Brothers Saloon which opened in 1879 at 405 12th Street.

The original Kegney Brothers Pub in the late 1800's

The original Kegney Brothers Pub in the late 1800’s

The pub exudes charm, comfort and good times.  The interior space is constructed from reclaimed architectural salvage material.  Edison-style pendant lights and bulbs evoke an old timey feel.  Old photographs, handed down by family members, show the original saloon location, pictures of saloon patrons, the original liquor license, a Kegney whiskey label.  A showcase contains family heirlooms from the original pub.

Kegney Brothers offers pub seating, a comfortable dining room or a patio overlooking the James River.  The menu includes classic pub fare, including dishes from Ireland and England like fish and chips, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage.  An express lunch menu is available between 11 until 2 which offers burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups along with the standards.  The pub and dining menu is available Monday through Sunday between 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM.  An after hours menu is offered after 10:00 PM until closing.

Bangers and Mash is a popular dish at Kegney Brothers Pub.

Bangers and Mash is a popular dish at Kegney Brothers Pub.

The pub serves a variety of Irish whiskeys, Highland single malt scotches, American bourbons and whiskeys along with a long list of drafts, bottles and canned beer from Virginia, the United States and  the U.K.

Between the hours of 4:00-6:00 PM, Monday through Friday, special food and drink offerings are highlighted during happy hour.  Talented local musicians are hosted regularly throughout the year especially on weekend evenings (see the live music and events tab on their web site).

For more information about Lynchburg’s newest dining and drinking spot visit their web site at or call them at 434.616.6691.  Have fun and enjoy Lynchburg’s newest, but old, hang out!  Guests of the Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast have enjoyed having a “watering hole” close enough to walk to.

Crisp, Lynchburg’s salad and juice & smoothie bar

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Crisp, Lynchburg’s Salad, juice and smoothie bar in downtown

One of downtown Lynchburg’s newer restaurants is Crisp.


They have some great salads at Crisp!

Located in the historic Allied Arts Building, an art deco building, at 725 Church Street, Crisp is Lynchburg’s first salad, juice and smoothie bar.  Serving lunch and dinner, either dine in or take out or let them deliver.  They also offer catering services.  Weather permitting they have a couple of tables for outdoor seating.


Crisp is small but the best things come in small packages!

Their menu offers unique, personalized fresh salads, wraps, breakfast bowls and parfaits plus a daily soup and freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.  A variety of pre-made salads are available for those who need to “grab ‘n go”.

The standard make your own salad bar offers a variety of lettuces, four basic toppings and your choice of dressing.  You can enhance the standard salad by adding one or more of the 40 premium toppings, meats and salad add-ons available.

Hours are Monday-Friday between 10:30 until 8 and Saturday between 10 until 3.  If you have any questions or wish to pre-order your salad or warp their number is 434.363.6152.  Why not give them a try today?


Art Deco style windows in Crisp.

Some guests staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast who are spending their day hiking or biking some of the areas wonderful trails have had us arrange a “to go” lunch for them from Crisp.  Everyone has complimented the lunch favorably.  They offer a healthy alternative to many dining establishments.

Shoemaker’s American Grille

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Shoemaker's Restaurant

Shoemaker’s Restaurant is in an old tobacco warehouse.

Located in the William King, Jr. Tobacco Warehouse, built in 1896, Shoemaker’s American Grille is consistently winning dining awards as voted by people who dine there, both locals and visitors to Lynchburg.  The King Building was used for storing dried and drying tobacco by the Imperial Tobacco Company.  The 6 story building was constructed of handmade brick fired here in Virginia and named for the manager of Imperial Tobacco.

Throughout the restaurant you will find the original industrial feel of the building: exposed wood beam ceilings, brick and stone interior and exterior walls, nine-foot tall windows.  Shoe themed dining rooms and matching décor line the walls.

Shoemaker’s menu is upscale with a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees and specialty dishes.  We especially enjoy their Crispy Fried Calamari, the Warm Spinach Salad, the ever tender Filet Mignon (almost always ordered by Mike) and their Crab Stuffed Trout served with asparagus risotto.  You can’t go wrong when ordering their Chocolate Blackout Cake or Crème Brulee  or a dessert martini at the end of your meal.  Shoemaker’s American Grille has the most extensive wine list, of any restaurant we’ve found, in Lynchburg.  Containing a large selection of American wines plus wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina and Chile.  If you prefer Cognac, Single Malt Scotch or Tequila the spirits menu is complete.  Happy Hour, at the bar, takes place Monday through Friday between 4:30 until 6:30.  Special prices on at least a dozen appetizer plates are offered, plus on wine, beer and mixed cocktails.

The New York Strip with sweet potato fires at Shoemaker's

The New York Strip with sweet potato fires at Shoemaker’s

Do you need a private room for a gathering?  Shoemaker’s has four private rooms, each with a unique seating capability.  Choose from the Loafer (seats up to 12), the Oxford (seats up to 16) or the Wingtip (seats up to 40).

Shoemaker’s American grille is located at 1312 Commerce Street in downtown Lynchburg, VA.  Their phone number is 434.455.1510.  Hours are Monday through Saturday 4:30 until 10:00.  Reservations are a must!  When staying at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we are happy to secure your reservation for you, especially if it is somewhat last minute.  We oftentimes can secure a reservation due to the large number of our guests we send there.  Just mention your request when making your booking with us at 434.846.1388.

PS, don’t forget to give them your birthday so they can send you a coupon for a free desert for your birthday present.




Food Truck Thursdays

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BBQ food truck on Food Truck Thursday

Enjoy BBQ on Food Truck Thursday in Miller Park

Food trucks are a part of American life and can be found in every major city, over the past several years we have started to see more and more of them in Lynchburg.  Typically they are scattered around the downtown area but on Food Truck Thursdays they all head to Miller Park (in front of the old Miller School at 301 Grove Street if you need an address for your GPS).  Food Truck Thursday was the brain child of Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Department and has been a great success.  The day we visited we took a blanket and after buying our lunch we had a picnic under one of several dozens huge oak trees.  There is also a covered shelter with picnic tables if you prefer to eat at a table.

Picnic area Food Truck Thursday

A great place to have a picnic

I was pleasantly surprised at the crowd of people gathered to support these mobile restaurateurs.  Many were in suits while others in scrubs and then there were the casually dressed diners such as myself.

Food Truck Thursday

Lots of choices on Food Truck Thursday

If you are looking for an affordable meal and a wide variety of food options then you won’t want to miss Food Truck Thursdays at Miller Park.  They are there from 11:00 to 3:00.  This is the perfect spot for your lunch break, for a picnic (where you don’t have to prepare the food) or a place to bring a date.

Tacos on Food Truck Thursday

Great Tacos in Miller Park

These are the same food trucks you find on the streets of Lynchburg, but on Thursdays you don’t need to check their Facebook pages to find them.  Miller park is only about 10 minutes from the downtown area.  You will want to check this out several times as the food trucks in Lynchburg take turns as to who is there on Food Truck Thursdays so go there often to be able to sample all the different vendors.

Food Truck Thursday

Don’t forget desert. Shaved Hawaiian Ice!

Wouldn’t you like to start your long, 4th of July weekend early?  Then start it by having lunch on Thursday, the 2nd, at Miller Park.  We hope to see you at Food Truck Thursdays!  If you are heading to Lynchburg and need a place to stay, The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast is the place to stay.  Check out our availability and book your reservations here.


Cheesy Rider Food Truck

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Food Truck

Food Truck

Do you love grilled cheese?  Did your mom make a special grilled cheese for you?  Do you accompany your grilled cheese with a bowl of soup, probably tomato?  Then you want to try the food from the Cheesy Rider Food Truck.

Food Truck

Cheesy Rider Food Truck

Cheesy Rider serves gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade soup, plus an assortment of chips, drinks and brownies.

Taking the classic grilled cheese and elevating it with creative, but delicious, filling combinations the Cheesy Rider Food Truck is off and running!  There’s more to a great grilled cheese than just cheese and bread.  The perfect combination of a gooey, meltable cheese and the perfect bread, that is not too thick and doughy, are the key ingredients at the Cheesy Rider.

Sandwiches are named after historical areas in downtown Lynchburg.  Their most popular item is the Garland Hill, which was inspired by turning spinach-artichoke dip into a grilled cheese sandwich.  The Tinbridge Hill features cheddar, cranberry and chipotle peppers.  The Diamond Hill consists of brie with fig jam and Jarlsberg.  For those who like a bit of spice, try the Federal Hill, which comes with wing sauce.

Currently the only soup offered is a chunky tomato, but isn’t that the one we normally pair our grilled cheese with?  Cheesy Rider is hoping to add a cold, smoky gazpacho this summer and they are tweaking their version of French onion.

Look for the blue, white and yellow food truck at the Community Market on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday between 11 until 2.  On Thursday the join Lynchburg’s other food trucks at Miller Park between 11 until 3.  Prices range between $6.00 to $8.50 for a grilled cheese.

We will see you there!

dish small plates and wine bar

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Dish Restaurant, Downtown Lynchbueg

Dish small plates and wine bar is one of downtown Lynchburg’s delicious, fun and unique dining establishments.  With cozy seating for only 32 patrons, the dining tables and stools at the bar keep you in the right in the middle of it all.  The owner-operated staff promises a great meal plus camaraderie and relaxation.

By choosing local and organic ingredients, whenever possible, dish features the finest food and beverages that are offered from many cultures around the world.  You might choose to explore diverse foods and experience something new, or stick with a familiar ingredient prepared in a new way.  The menu is designed for sharing.  Order a variety of small plates to share or to be combined as a complete meal.  Featured entrees are offered each day, found on the chalkboard.  Combine them with a selection of side dishes to design the meal you’d like.  The desserts offered are all house-made pies served ala mode of on their own.

The menu is divided into two main sections.  Small Plates features salads, soups, mussels, littleneck clams, tamales, meatballs, Thai beef, jerk chicken, spring rolls and oftentimes duck (which gets rave reviews from all of our guests who try it).  A separate Cheese menu is offered that features cheese made in Lynchburg and other towns in Virginia, Vermont, Iowa, Spain, Italy, and France.  Pair the small plates or cheeses with a great wine or beer and you’ll be satiated until morning.

Located at 1120 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA.  As the restaurant is small and cozy reservations are always recommended, 434.528.0070.  Serving dinner Monday 5:30-9:00, Tuesday-Thursday, 5:00-9:30, and Friday & Saturday, 5:00-10:00.  The bar is often open later on Friday & Saturday nights.