Restaurant Trends: Outdoor Dining Royalty Style at Stokesay Castle
By , April 13, 2012
Have you ever dined in an English castle? Anyone can feel like royalty at Stokesay Castle in Pennsylvania, inspired by a 13th century English castle with the same name. Although the entire castle recently underwent massive restorations, it still has a great medieval feel to it. The owner dedicated millions to restoring a castle in disrepair and creating unique dining experiences. Dining at Stokesay is far from pretentious; it’s a way to experience the historical beauty of a castle with a traditional ballroom and 10-acres of surrounding grounds.
Stokesay recently converted their outdoor bar – the Knight’s Pub – into a solarium that’s open year-round. Previously, the gorgeous circular stone bar was covered with a white tent for outdoor dining. However, the tent was not only costly to set-up, it detracted from the architectural integrity of the castle. In addition, the outdoor bar was only open during the warmer months of the year. The owners recently replaced the tent with an enclosure using NanaWall SL70 folding doors to maintain the outdoor feel. The doors are open every day, even if it’s 60 degrees and raining outside. It gives the illusion of being outside although the area is protected. The Knight's Pub increased its revenue since it's now open all year long! We love the cozy outdoor firepit and lounge areas at the Knight’s Pub. Who knew dining at a castle could be so casual and comfortable?