Farewell to Peter Christian’s Tavern

When I lived in Hanover NH (back in 1977-1981), one of my favourite hangouts was Peter Christian’s Tavern, home of terrific sandwiches and some of the best mustard sauce and horseradish sauce I’ve ever tasted. (My favourite sandwich was either “Peter’s Mother’s Favorite” or “Peter’s Father’s Favorite,” I can never remember which.) Sadly, Julian May’s prediction that the Tavern would still be around in the 21st century was mistaken; but I took comfort in the thought that a branch still existed in New London and I always figured I’d visit it one day. Now that too is closing – truly the end of an era. I see I’m not the only mourner.

10 Responses to Farewell to Peter Christian’s Tavern

  1. Roderick July 15, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    The menu is still online, and looking at the description I think it was Peter’s Father’s Favorite.

  2. Paul Graham Raven July 15, 2010 at 11:54 am #

    What a pleasure to find someone else still remembers Julian May’s Pliocene and Galactic Mileau novels with fondness. Shame about the Perseus Spur series, wot? 😉

    • Roderick July 15, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

      I never read the Perseus Spur books; I’ve only read Pliocene/Milieu.

      (For readers who don’t know what we’re talking about, see here and here. Much of the action (in the modern-day/near-future portions of the series) takes place in Hanover NH, so there are lots of local references.)

  3. Anon73 July 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm #

    This is one the big potential problems with markets – consumer taste can fluctuate wildly, but once a good restaurant/business is gone, it’s gone for good.

    • Roderick July 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

      True, but it’s hard to know whether this closure was the result of changing consumer preferences or of the government-caused recession.

  4. Black Bloke July 17, 2010 at 9:20 am #

    Another farewell to say. James P. Hogan died recently:
    http://www.jamesphogan.com/mailarchive/index.php?issuenumber=59

  5. Keene July 17, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Further details of why it closed.
    http://www.concordmonitor.com/article/restaurants-owner-faced-injury-debts-0

  6. Dean October 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    P.C.’s is coming back!

    They are set to re-open soon, says a sign attached to the Peter Christian sign in New London.

    Also, an ad in the local shopper suggests it will have the same decor, menu, etc… that they’ve had for so many years.

  7. Kim October 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    Hey Hey good news!!! Peter Christians Tavern in New London, NH has just re-opened!! We opened on Tuesday and word is starting to get out!! I have been at the PC’s in New London off and on for ten years and am so EXCITED that we are back!! Hope to see some of you there!!!

  8. Ann S. Pellegrino, Esq. January 2, 2021 at 6:47 am #

    Vermont Law School days (1976 – 1977), but now living in Florida. I still yearn to walk down those few steps into Peter Christian’s — especially when there was a live acoustic guitarist/singer greeting and entertaining. My favorites on the menu were Peter Christian’s Mother’s Favorite and the absolute best French Onion Soup ever (which always had a large chunk “melt-in-your-mouth beef” hidden under the cheese topping)! I am writing this comment on New Year’s Day 2021 (still COVID-19 insanity). Curious, Is PC still open in New London and, if so, have COVID regs caused much disruption for PC?

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