Newmarket, New Hampshire: population 8,936. Actually, make that 8,937 because as of 5 o’clock p.m. on April 1st I became a resident of this quaint New England town. Newmarket is a great town for any student looking to move off campus because it is easily accessible by Wildcat Transit and it has some really great small town style boutiques and restaurants. In honor of the town that I will now call home, I want to share some of what Newmarket has to offer.
- The Big Bean. Prior to moving to Newmarket, I had only ever heard 2 things about the Big Bean – 1) that the food is fantastic and 2) that there is often a line of customers waiting that goes out the door. Both of those statements turned out to be true. The Big Bean is a restaurant that only serves breakfast and lunch. I was curious to see if this place was as good as everyone said it would be and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. I ordered the “small” chocolate chip pancakes and what I got were 2 of the largest pancakes I had ever seen in my entire life. They were quite possibly the best pancakes I ever had in my entire life! As if the Big Bean couldn’t get any better, the restaurant is absolutely adorable and feels like you’ve stepped into your grandmother’s kitchen.
- Jade Garden. I’ve never been a fan of Chinese food but that all changed once I went to Jade Garden. The décor feels a little cheesy but most people who eat there don’t seem to sit down and eat. The menu is pretty impressive in that it offers a variety of options but I usually stick to the tame options such as the chicken fried rice or chicken with vegetables. The food is also really cheap and the portions are huge! You can also order ahead and stop by to simply pick it up!
- Lamprey River Tavern. The esteemed Lamprey River Tavern is a restaurant by day and a bar by night. The establishment has a very vintage feel to it minus the giant flat screen TVs that constantly play sports games. The menu is pretty extensive and there really is something for everyone! The food is fantastic and fresh, too. At night, the Lamprey River Tavern transforms. I was there on St. Patrick’s Day and they had live music and handed out leprechaun hats. On some days they have specials such as $5 burgers on Tuesdays.
- The Stone Church. The Stone Church one of Newmarket’s hidden treasures. Nestled on top of a hill, it’s easy to miss it or mistake it for what it use to be…an old church. When you walk inside, it feels as though you’ve entered into an old-fashioned European bar. The food is delicious and their calendar of events is extensive so you can always count on an exciting night out at the Stone Church!