Reynolds Tavern

7 Church Circle P.O. Box 708, Annapolis, Maryland 21404
Innkeeper(s): Wes & Marilyn Burge
  • Introduction

    Welcome to Reynolds Tavern; one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Annapolis, Maryland.  Situated in a prominent position on Church Circle it is conveniently located in the center of the Historic District shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries and the United States Naval Academy.

    The building has been restored beautifully to reflect the working nature of the Tavern and the elegance of the 18th Century.  Reynolds Tavern is the oldest tavern in Annapolis and one of the oldest in the U.S.

    We have 3 rooms all en-suite, and luxuriously appointed, which offer a unique atmosphere just steps away from the Capital Building.

    Whatever your tastes, Reynolds Tavern has something to offer you.  Reynolds Tavern serves a full lunch menu, English Afternoon Tea and Dinner.  In Spring, Summer and early Fall we offer casual alfresco dining in our courtyard. The cellar Pub in the Tavern's original kitchen gives you a flavor of the Tavern's rich history.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Wes & Marilyn Burge for sharing their own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are an 18th Century Bed and Breakfast/Tavern situated in the heart of Historic Annapolis.  The rooms are tastefully appointed, comfortable and clean, and because we only have 3 overnight rooms, it is also private. 

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    I suppose we are best known for the History of our Tavern, our English Afternoon Tea Service, and our large outdoor courtyard. We are unique because we do have all of the workings of a Tavern in Annapolis in 1747 - a Pub, Dining, and rooms for overnight travelers. I love that the Tavern once served as the Public Library for Anne Arundel County. There are a lot of our local guests that have that personal connection to the building, with their childhood memories of coming here as the Library. I also love that we are across the street from St Anne's Church, and have a stunning view of the church and enjoy their chimes daily!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    #1 Answer is History.  And this history encompasses the Naval Academy, St John's College, the beautiful architecture of the pre-revolutionary homes, the Chesapeake Bay; and much of American History, too -- 4 signers of the Declaration of Independence lived here in Annapolis!!

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    I think the best compliment is when people return, or they decide to buy a gift certificate for someone else to come back and stay!  To know that the atmosphere, the location, the service is something that someone selects as a gift that they would like to share with someone else is a great compliment!

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Best Kept secret - Wednesday Night Sailboat Races. It is so beautiful to stand on the Eastport Bridge and watch the sailboats coming in at the end of the race.  And if the wind is just right, watching them pulling in the spinnakers and gracefully maneuvering into dock.  Just beautiful!  (And just a short walk down the street to view from Reynolds Tavern!)

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Take a boat cruise, or a sunset sail; visit the United States Naval Academy, go to a Navy Football game, shop in the local shops and galleries, take a walking tour, Segway tour or a trolley tour, visit the State House, see one of a number of shows in the local theatres (including Rams Head concerts, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, Annapolis Shakespeare Company in our own Courtyard here at Reynolds Tavern, and the Colonial Players to name a few).

    If you want a day trip, we are just about 30 miles from DC and 30 minutes the opposite direction to St Michael's MD, take a food tour or a haunted pub crawl, visit some great local restaurants, sit at the city dock and enjoy people watching and boat watching, see William Paca's home, the Banneker Douglas Museum, bring your camera and stroll the streets and neighborhood in the historic district to view the many pre-revolutionary buildings and homes in the area.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    We are very fortunate to be located in the center of the Historic District; so our guests can park their cars when they check in and walk to great sightseeing, dining, theatre, art galleries, shopping, sailing, the State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, etc.!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The list is endless!  Of course we have a great restaurant and Pub right here at Reynolds Tavern (that also has a wonderful Happy Hour!)  However, you can find many kinds of cuisine within walking distance.  Some local great places are O'Leary's, Harry Browne's, Nano Sushi, Red Red Wine Bar, Cafe Normandie...

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? (The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitor Center website)

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have one room and two suites.

    Do you accept pets?

    We are not able to accept pets in our overnight rooms.

  • Inn Offerings

    Stay with Us

    We have two Suites and one Room that all offer private bathrooms, and wonderful comforts!  Full breakfast is included in the morning, as well as a Cream Tea during your stay.  Stay in the heart of Annapolis, and walk to many great attractions such as the US Naval Academy, St Johns College, the City Dock, Main Street, Maryland Avenue and West Street Shopping, Galleries and Dining.

    Dine with Us

    Reynolds Tavern's two intimate dining rooms are the perfect dining spot to enjoy the History of Annapolis, courteous service and great food.

    Reynolds Tavern hosts visitors and locals alike for a relaxed dinner in an intimate setting.  Enjoy dinner by candlelight in our 18th century dining rooms.

    Reservations are recommended by calling 410.295.9555 or use Open Table!

  • Celebrate with Us

    Are you hosting an event and looking for a unique experience for you guests?  We love to celebrate at Reynolds Tavern. Your guests will love our intimate dining rooms and appreciate the history and charm of Reynolds Tavern. 

    Afternoon Tea Parties

    A memorable celebration for the Mother to Be, Bride to Be, a special Birthday, Retirement, Mom's Groups, Book Clubs, or Intimate Wedding, etc.  Our traditional English Afternoon Tea pairs well with our historic dining rooms.

    Group Lunch Events

    A unique atmosphere for a lunch celebration, tour group visiting Annapolis, Bridesmaids Lunch, etc 

    Private Dinners

    Business or Incentive Dinners, Family gatherings, Special Birthday Celebrations.  Our dining rooms will make you feel as if you are dining "at home".

    For more information, and sample menus, please contact our Event Planner with the email button on the right of this page.

  • Directions

    1. From Route 50 (From East or West), exit at Rowe Boulevard
    2. This exit is also marked as the State Capitol as well as Historic Annapolis
    3. Once on Rowe Boulevard, you will see several signs for the Visitor Center
    4. Follow these signs - Gott's Court Parking Facility (at the Visitor Center) is the closest parking to Reynolds Tavern

    You can also park at Knighton Garage, and at Park Place on West Street and catch the free Circulator Trolley. Both of these Garages have discounted parking rates ($5.00 Daily Max)