Through out our 250 year history, many building changes have occurred here at The Cranbury Inn. Tom and Gay Ingegneri have made yet another change to The Cranbury Inn's structure; in the form of an 18th Century, timber frame, seven bay Dutch barn that replaces the "big barn" that burned to the ground on October the 8th of 1902. Our timber frame barn was engineered and constructed by Dreaming Creek in Powhatan, VA. It is a 3,200 sq. ft., 200+ seat, dining room used for á la carte dining as well as special occasions such as weddings and other banquet needs. Now that our project is completed, The Cranbury Inn seats 400. We worked with Construction Management Associates Inc. in Allentown, New Jersey and Schroeder/Perez Architects in East Windsor, New Jersey.
Our oldest original tavern dates from the mid 1700's, our other original tavern dates from the mid to late 1700's, the innkeeper's house built across the front of these two original taverns was built in 1800, the Main Dining Room was built around 1933 & various changes to the kitchen area occurred in the 1900's; now 2005 marks the fourth century to see construction here at The Cranbury Inn.
In support of this new facility there is a new lobby, with a wood burning fireplace, off of which is new handicapped accessible bathrooms for both Ladies and Gentlemen; there is a newly, expanded kitchen facility.
There is a loft in the barn for dining and walking around to view the structure and taking photos. In keeping with the plate rail surrounding our present dining rooms, a plate rail enhances the underside of the Legacy Lobby Loft on both levels as well as enhancing the walls of the new bathrooms. Many plates have been donated to The Inn for these plate rails; they are labeled with the owner's name and the date of the donation for reference in the future and for families to enjoy for years to come in seeing their plates and platters on display here at The Cranbury Inn.
Our present structures remain in tact and the definition of the two original taverns and the innkeeper's house remain discernible. The bar in our lounge has been in its location since 1978 when the old bar from our Lafayette Tavern Room was sold to Lahiere's Restaurant in Princeton. The Lounge bar remains in its location and a portion of the east wall of the lounge has become our connection to the new facility.
Updating our site are newly expanded walkways and parking, as well as new landscaping; all designed for your safety, convenience, and enhancement of your dining pleasure here at The Cranbury Inn.
You are invited to come to see our new facility in person.
We look forward to hosting your special function in our new addition.