9220 John Tyler Memorial Hwy ( route 5), Charles City, VA 23030
A Bistro and tavern located among the beautiful farmland in eastern Virginia. The building dates to the mid 1800’s where it was a general store. It has been a restaurant since the mid 1980’s, with the new owners purchasing the property in 2017 and recreating the restaurant into the “Indian Fields Tavern. A paved 51.7 mile bicycle trail called the “Virginia Capital Trail” runs from Jamestown, VA to Richmond, VA, The trail passes right in front of the bistro on hwy 5, which is a great destination for cyclist to stop and enjoy the bistro. The owners encourage cyclist if they would like to park their cars at the tavern and start and end their bicycling adventure from their location. They have a very relaxed atmosphere with original hardwood floors, wooden tables and antique decorations. The room we were in had 2 large painting featuring bicyclist. The house has two large screened in porches one on each side, plus a large front porch for outside dining. A large grassy front yard with plenty of tables and an area to have outside concerts, or event take time for a game of corn-hole.
Let me start out by saying this a made from scratch kitchen with everything made in house. The restaurant has a small lunch menu with a great variety to please all their guest. From a selection of appetizers, biggie smalls, hot & cold sandwiches to dinner plates. For lunch you can enjoy their variety of homemade ice creams and a bourbon caramel bread pudding. They have a dinner menu with many of the lunch choices and dinner plates.
Debbie and I stopped in why traveling back from Williamsburg Va in early August 2020. We shared a “Farmhouse CAB” Grilled chicken breast, guacamole, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mojo de ajo aioli, red onion, served on toasted sourdough bread. She got the side of pickled cucumbers and red onions and I had a tossed salad with homemade ranch dressing. We finished the meal by sharing a serving of their homemade butter pecan ice cream. The how meal was great. Debbie told the owner afterwards that ice cream was like eating homemade ice cream on the back porch as home in the hot summertime.
This is a must stop if you are in the area.