The Taverne Tradition
J. Timothy's Taverne was established in 1988. Situated on the same property as the old Cooke's Tavern in Plainville, Connecticut, it has grown to be one of central Connecticut's finest casual restaurants. J. Timothy's is known for its awarding-winning chicken wings, eclectic menu ranging from traditional pub fare and comfort food to contemporary seasonal specials, family-friendly atmosphere, local and national craft beer, creative cocktails, and the historic building, which dates back to 1789 – the year George Washington was inaugurated as president. It was always a favorite stop for travelers along the College Highway. For over 225 years, the tavern has opened its doors to all, hosting many special events.
Today, we continue the tradition that Cooke's Tavern started as one of Connecticut's favorite gathering places. As the Hartford Courant noted, “The restaurant has appealing colonial décor, with wide-planked floors, fireplaces, paneled walls, framed prints of hunting and harness-racing scenes and other memorabilia of an earlier age. The effect is warm and welcoming.”
J. Timothy’s has 6 public dining areas and 4 rooms for private events, with capacity for 12-90 guests. Both the pub and the pub-loft (upstairs) have several large TVs for watching UConn basketball, the Red Sox or Yankees, the entire NFL schedule, and many other sporting events.
Our menu is large and varied, from appetizers and sandwiches, to steaks, seafood, chicken, dinner-sized salads, and vegetarian and gluten-free options. And of course, our award-winning Dirt wings! We were humbled and proud when the national food website The Daily Meal named our chicken wings the 2nd best in the entire country. And when Buzzfeed said we were the #2 chicken wing you have to try before you die. We’re #2! And proud of it. And Thrillist has named us one of the "21 Best Wing Joints in the Country"! The Food Network show, Top 5 Restaurants, named us one of the 5 best restaurants in the country for bar food and said our "wing sauce is the best in the nation!" We serve about 3 tons of chicken wings per week; during Super Bowl weekend we serve almost 9 tons.
We pride ourselves on consistent professional, friendly service for our guests. We are always grateful that you chose to visit us and our goal is to ensure you have a wonderful time! Many of our staff members – managers, servers, bartenders, kitchen staff – have been with us for more than 20 years. We’ve had the same two owners from the beginning, and our General Manager has been with the restaurant for over 31 years.
Our entire staff welcomes you and thanks you for your patronage.