Dinner in a colonial setting conjures images of our nation’s culinary past, when tobacco leaf was a garnish and wooden teeth were an acceptable after-dinner mint. Eat among the décor of our forefathers with today’s Groupon to Barker Tavern in Scituate Harbor. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get $60 worth of upscale tavern fare.
- For $50, you get $120 worth of upscale tavern fare for parties of four or more.<p>
Perched beside the waters of Scituate Harbor, Barker Tavern serves up a robust menu to match its rich interior and history as a fully restored 17th-century English house and former garrison. Seated by the roar of the tavern’s original colonial fireplace, diners can tear through stylish starters such as old-fashioned lobster stew ($7) and cherrystones on the half shell ($9), or the Barker raw bar ($28), an oceanic assemblage of Alaskan king crab, half a lobster, and jumbo cocktail shrimp that spouts passages from Billy Budd. Barker’s signature swordfish ($20+) and fresh-caught lobster ($29+) swim through a selection of main entrees that also boasts the blissful flavors of grilled rack of lamb lavished with fig-chipotle barbecue sauce ($30), and pan-seared scallops sauntering through samplings of ginger bok choy and forbidden black rice ($23). Said to be one of the oldest English houses in the United States, Barker Tavern ensconces diners in colonial mystique. Guests can marvel at the eatery’s heavy beams and wooden walls, which were once pierced to create portholes for detecting the arrival of cannons that fired hard-tack candy.