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      MUSINGS FROM THE BOAT HOUSE whitw logo
STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS POH

"The church is near, but the road is icy. The tavern is far, but I'll walk very carefully."
                                                                                                                                - Old Russian Proverb


The sign at the Boat House in Lambertville, NJ as seen in American Public House Review


Make no assumptions based upon the masthead. It would be foolish for anyone to quantify through some formula of critical analysis the merits of a great tavern

Such an endeavor would be akin to rating the ability of the great houses of worship to fuel man's spiritual aspirations. It is enough to say that there are those things which are truly self evident


The initial idea for this magazine came about as the result of conversations and cocktails shared at the
BOAT HOUSE



Recently, my wife and I visited a dear friend, who after thirty years as pastor of a prosperous parish, had been reassigned to lead a new congregation. Past visitations were limited to the rectory where, surrounded by the trappings of the Church of Rome and the generosity of the flock, our congenial host would offer sobering commentary on those human characteristics that often compromise the intent of religious life. But on this particular day the melancholy of a wearied ministry was replaced with a new ecclesiastical zeal. An invitation was extended beyond the priestly domicile; we were summoned to view the church.



A stained glass reflection on thefloor at St Mary's Church as seen in American Public House Review



The mission of the AMERICAN PUBLIC HOUSE REVIEW  is to discover the extraordinary drinking rooms and to share the images, inspirations, and insights of the noble publicans who dwell with in those walls.



Upon entering the sanctuary, I instantly understood the reason for my friend's spiritual reawakening. I could go on at some length describing the finer details that make this space such a unique expression of man's relationship with the divine; but no architectural critique or exploration of craftsmanship and the use of materials would bring about an understanding of the wholeness or holiness of this place. My words could not provide further clarity.


St. mary's sanctuary as seen in American Public House Review
SAINT MARY'S SANCTUARY





Revelation can only come about through individual experience, so I will end this part of the rumination by stating that if Saint Mary's could expand the water into wine miracle to include fine ales and single malts, it would be featured prominently in this publication.


The bar at the Boat House in Lambertville, NJ as seen in American Public House Review
THE BAR AT THE BOAT HOUSE


The BOAT HOUSE houses a remarkable collection of nautical art and maritime memorabilia.


Hanging boat in the Boat House Bar in Lambertville, NJ as seen in American Public House Review



The bar room at the Boat House in Lambertville, NJ as seen in American Public House Review



There is an almost magical, otherworldly feel to the main parlor and the upstairs loft provides an atmosphere of unrivaled coziness.



The loft at the Boat House in Lambertville, NJ as seen in American Public House Review



The loft at the Boat House in Lambertville, NJ as seen in American Public House Review



Food is not served at the BOAT HOUSE. While some might consider this a drawback, I quite frankly find it refreshing not to have the somewhat frenetic aspects of food service competing with the libation ritual. For those who insist on solid sustenance, there are many excellent eateries within walking distance.


THE BOAT HOUSE
(located at the far end of the alleyway)

8 1/2 CORYELL STREET
LAMBERTVILLE, NEW JERSEY

(609) 397-2244

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