Our Tale

Laura T. Barnes photo by Laura Billingham for River Towns Magazine

The Inn, built in 1857, is home to the longest continuously operating restaurant/hotel along the Delaware Canal and is recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places. The tavern and former mule barn area of the Golden Pheasant Inn served as early commercial buildings constructed along the Delaware River and the Canal to serve mercantile traffic. An important gathering place, the tavern was the social hub for farmers, travelers, and later, canal men and vacationers.

The Thompson family, who have a passion for protecting historic properties and land in the area, purchased the inn in 2019. They proudly added the Golden Pheasant to their other river-based, historic hospitality properties. Founder Jack Thompson passed in 2020, but Laura Thompson Barnes continues to oversee the customer-focus approach that is the core of all restaurant properties as well as the family-run automotive dealerships located in nearby Doylestown.

Today, the Golden Pheasant retains its architectural integrity and historic charm despite undergoing a complete restoration. Our inn features a front porch that provides stunning views of the Delaware River. The Solarium dining room features an oversized fireplace and is surrounded by windows that flood the room with natural light and offer 360 degrees of scenic views of both the river and the canal. In warmer months, our guests feel as if they’ve been swept into a magical space as they dine along the canal at our outdoor terrace.

Modern updates to our four guest rooms, like in-room temperature control and wireless internet access, make Golden Pheasant Inn the ideal location for a perfect, relaxing getaway.

We encourage you to come experience in person all the Golden Pheasant Inn has to offer.

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