Monkton's Manor Tavern has become a horse-country dining destination

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 02:00:36 AM. While the Manor Tavern has always been a go-to place for fun and special occasions, the food has wavered over the years. Not anymore.
I always marvel at the picturesque horse country of northern Baltimore County, with its lazy roads, manor homes and lush acres. But the pastoral journey to Manor Tavern in Monkton has gotten even better. Executive chef George Batlas — a native Marylander who honed his skills in France — came onboard in 2015, turning the historic property into a must-visit food destination. While the Manor Tavern has always been a go-to place for fun and special occasions, the food has wavered over the years. Not anymore. Batlas and his staff use produce from the restaurant’s gardens and rely on meats and dairy products from nearby farms. And they have a chicken coop with laying hens, giving them a supply of fresh eggs for baked goods and other dishes. The straightforward American menu delivers items you’d expect, like crab cakes, pork chops, racks of lamb and burgers. But there are surprises along the way, including elk Bolognese, an ahi tuna poke bowl, a hot duck skillet salad and a grilled cauliflower steak. We sat in an old-fashioned room surrounded by horse prints and framed silks of jockeys. The thoughtful, prettily plated food seemed at odds with the stuffy equestrian decor that hasn’t changed much over the years. I understand its historical significance. The 267-year-old property started as a stable that is said to have housed George Washington’s horse on occasion. Over the years, the original building was used as a blacksmith shop, a general store and a saloon. Today, it’s a genteel...Read more
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