The Birchwood Inn on State Route 45 in Temple evokes an earlier time in New England. The Inn, dating from 1775, has largely been preserved over the centuries and retains many original features. As much of the building as possible has been preserved; the Inn is one of the jewels in the town’s Historic District.
Birchwood has two rooms and three suites available; all are named after old English towns by the two British-born proprietors. The suites can each accommodate up to four people. There are televisions, fireplaces, wifi service, window air conditioners, and private baths in each unit. One of the suites has a king-size bed as well as a kitchenette and an additional half bath. Many of the rooms retain their original Federal period walls and floors. This year-round hostelry serves a hot breakfast during the week and a full English breakfast on Sundays to overnight guests. Special diets can be accommodated.
The highlight of the public rooms is an 1825 mural that encompasses all four walls of one of the dining areas; it was painted by well-known early English-born American artist Rufus Porter, and appears to depict Temple as it was back in the early 1800’s.
In addition to the rooms for rent, the Birchwood boasts the London Tavern pub and restaurant featuring authentic English fare, with dishes such as Bangers and Mash and Steak and Ale Pie; desserts include Bread and Butter Pudding and Spotted Dick. The London Tavern is usually open Wednesday – Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons and evenings.
Smoking is only allowed on the porch. Due to the age of many of the furnishings, pets and children under ten cannot be accommodated. For more information or to make reservations, visit their website.