Historic Restaurant Chronicles - Vol. 1
The Cranbury Inn - Cranbury, New Jersey
Today’s historic Cranbury Inn Restaurant, located at 21 South Main Street, Cranbury, New Jersey, was established in the mid 1700's. The present-day building is comprised of two of the three original taverns that were on its site in the eighteenth century. The original taverns were built together by the innkeeper's house in 1800. The three structures are timber-frame construction utilizing white oak and pine trees from the primeval forest that existed on the land at the time of construction. What is now its liquor store once was the Justice of the Peace Office and the Telegraph Office. In 1933, the main dining room was built and murals were painted on the walls.
The Cranbury Inn is said to have been a stop on the Underground Railroad and boasts an alleged “body hiding box” in a converted flu space.
Entering The Cranbury Inn you come into the colonial innkeeper's living room, which is now the lobby. Authentic colonial firearms are displayed around the room intermingled with antique clocks and old lithographs and paintings. The room furnishings include some antique dining room tables used for the wedding receptions of many couples that have returned to celebrate their 50th, 65th, & 75th anniversaries at the same tables in the same room five to seven decades later.
After 250 years of operation, today's historic Cranbury Inn Restaurant continues to function for its original purpose of offering food and drink to people from all over the world.
The Cranbury in is open for lunch Monday-Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:30 pm; for dinner Monday-Thursday, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday. 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Sunday, 2:00 pm – 9:00pm ; and for Brunch, Sunday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
For more information, visit The Cranbury Inn's website at www.thecranburyinn.com.