Harpers Ferry Restaurants: Enjoying Pubs, Cafes and Taverns

A historic town in Jefferson County, West Virginia, Harpers Ferry is best known for John Brown's raid - an abolitionist's attempt to instigate an armed slave revolution by seizing the town's United States Armory and Arsenal in 1859. Today, there are a number of things a visitor could do while in town, including checking out and dining in Harpers Ferry restaurants. Enjoy a morning breakfast or an evening drink in these pubs, cafes and taverns while staying in your Harpers Ferry bed and breakfast.

Canal House Creamery & Cafe
226 W. Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-2880

Conveniently located in the town's Main Street, Canal House Creamery & Cafe is a quaint little house with flowers lining the entrance and beautiful antiques inside - the perfect spot for a light lunch. Considered by many as one of the best Harpers Ferry restaurants, the cafe serves freshly made and locally grown food. Their reasonably priced menu consists mainly of soups, salads and sandwiches. Try their polenta, apple/cheese panini and homemade desserts, especially the cookies. Time your visit, as the cafe is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Country Cafe
1715 W. Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-2327

Another of Harpers Ferry restaurants that serves home cooked fare, The Country Cafe has been dishing out breakfast and lunch since 1989. Their breakfast menu includes the Wednesday Special (chipped beef gravy on toast, biscuits or pancakes) and the Friday Special (sausage gravy on toast, biscuits or pancakes), both for $4.95. Lunch choices include sandwiches like turkey club for $7.25 and Monte Cristo for $6.95; appetizers like chicken breast tenders for $5.50 and quesadillas for $4.45; homemade chili and soup du jour, both for $4.95; salads and wraps. They're open 7 days a week from 7 am to 3 pm.

The Secret Six Tavern
186 High Street
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
(304) 535-3044

Taking their name from the 6 individuals who privately funded John Brown, The Secret Six Tavern is a place where you can whet your whistle after a day of exploring. The tavern serves traditional America fare such as roasted salmon with almond flakes on salad, crab puffs for appetizers and peach cobbler with ice cream for dessert. So before you return to your Harpers Ferry inn and call it a day, sample their selection of local beers, particularly the Potomac Ale, relax at their terrace and delight in one of the best views in Harpers Ferry.

The Armory Pub
109 Potomac Street
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25432
(304) 535-2469

Located across the town's train station, The Armory Pub serves both lunch and dinner with a menu that consists of pastas, pizzas, sandwiches, salads and more. Visit them for a drink after a hike up the mountain to the scenic overlook and savor the historic atmosphere and their outdoor deck. The pub serves West Virginia microbrews on top of familiar brands. Try their special drink called John Brown's Revenge. They are open from 11 am to 8 pm daily and until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.