On an early Friday evening in late May we ventured forth to Little Compton to the 1854 Tap Room at the Stone House Inn, located at 122 Sakonnet Point Road. The fog was rolling in so we had to keep a look out for the signs. Soon the building rose from the mist and we were able to see a doorway marked "Tap Room."
After having been closed for awhile, the Tap Room has reopened with Chef Wayne Gibson running the kitchen. Chef Gibson’s philosophy of using fresh, local, seasonal food is demonstrated on his menu. In what used to be a speakeasy, the Tap Room is located in a basement with very low ceilings. Watch your head.
The bar and tables are made out of wood that has been repurposed from old doors that came from another part of the building. The worm holes and natural distressing in the wood come to life under the high gloss varnish.
The food is pub fare with what Chef Gibson calls soups, salad and the like. Larger plates for heartier appetites and of course desserts are offered. Fresh seafood, beef, chicken and vegetables are given a fresh twist with out masking the original flavor of the dish. Incorporated into the wine list are local wines and beers.
One of the amazing things about The Stone House Inn besides the food is the fact that is almost completely green and self sustaining. For example the waste vegetable oil from the two kitchens is taken off site and processed into bio-diesel to run the generators.
The Stone House is located at 122 Sakonnet Point Road, Little Compton, RI 02837. The phone is 401-635-2222.
Reservations are required in the Tap Room.