Dining Options:

Here are a few of our favorites, with the nearest places at the top of the list, because who wants to drive once you’re here?  We’ll warn you that we prefer locally-owned places serving home-cooked food at a reasonable price.  If we can find whole grains and gluten free options, we’re even happier.

Dining In:

The Newell Post in Penacook (603-228-0522) has an excellent catering menu.  We call your attention to their Take-Home dinners, Holiday-Meals-To-Go and On-site Barbeques  for those nights you just want to stay home.  Deb and Dave are flexible and will make what you want if you give them some notice.  If you order early enough, they may be able to deliver. To go to their website click here.

The Everyday Café (603-746-6041) offers a catering menu and we can vouch for the smoked Barbecue dinners.   These people are about 11.5 miles away, so you would probably have to pick it up yourself, but it’s a pretty drive over back roads.  Bring your GPS. To go to their website click here.

The CleanTake in Concord (603) 715-1498, caters to the health conscious, particularly those on low-carb diets and Lyme survivors.  Don’t let that scare you.  Jane’s cooking is wonderful.  Order ahead and we can have your food waiting for you at Riverland when you arrive. To go to their website click here.

Dining Out:


The Newell Post, 3.8 miles, (603-228-0522) 125 Fisherville Road, Concord, N.H.

Open:  Monday-Saturday 6 a.m. through 2 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Deb and Dave Newell own this breakfast/lunch spot that is a favorite among the locals.  They feature home-made bread, pastries and desserts. To go to their website click here.


C.C. Tomatoes, 3.4 miles, (603-753-4450), 209 Fisherville Road, Concord, N.H.

Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Excellent Italian food with outdoor seating; family friendly.

To go to their website click here.

The Celery Stick Café, 7.6 miles, (603-225-6840), 24 S, Main Street, Concord

Open:  Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. through 7 p.m.

The Celery Stick café offers a salad bar, a hot bar, and a third bar offering things like hummus, fermented carrot, dilly beans and olives. The hot bar always offers home-made soup, which pairs well with our New England weather and the locally-baked breads for sale in the Co-op.  The hot bar menu changes daily and is posted on the website. To go to their website click here.

b.good, 8 miles, (603-227-6107), 10 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, N.H.

Open:  Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

These folk serve health-conscious fast food just off Route 93 (Exit 14) including whole grains, in-season salads, and fast-food staples.  Family friendly.

The Common Man Restaurant, 9.3 miles, 1 Gulf Road, Concord, (603-228-3463)

Open:   11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily for lunch and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights for dinner.

This place is popular with locals and travelers alike.  It’s easy to find just off Route 93, Exit 13. It tends to have a significant wait time in the warm months and on holidays.

To go to their website click here.

The Everyday Café, 11.5 miles, (603-746-6041), 14 Maple Street, Contoocook, NH

Open:  Daily from 6:03 a.m. to 9:06 p.m.

This little place, in the center of the hamlet of Contoocook (known locally as ‘Tooky), serves yummy salads and specialty smoked meats.  It’s family friendly and worth the drive.   This is a GPS-mandatory drive over pretty back roads that hug the rivers.

The Shaker Table, 10 miles, (603 – 708-1192), at Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, NH

Open 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. for lunch, Tuesday-Friday, September through April.

The food is prepared by students in the Lakes Region Community College Culinary Arts Program and is considered locally to be very good and reasonably prices. Reservations are a good idea. To go to their website click here.

The Onions Pub and Restaurant, 12.7 miles, 255 Main Street, Tilton, NH, (603-  )

Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday,

Restaurant and pub with a flavor of Bermuda and the islands.

To go to their website click here.


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