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J. Timothy’s is known for its awarding-winning chicken wings, we created “Dirt Wings” here at the taverne. We have an eclectic menu ranging from traditional pub fare and comfort food to contemporary seasonal dishes, 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. The taverne was always a favorite stop for travelers along the College Highway. For over 230 years, the taverne has opened its doors to all.

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.”

For more on the history of J. Timothy’s Taverne, click here for wonderful article from the Hartford Courant which tells our story.

We are proud and grateful for the accolades we’ve received over the years:

  • Food Network Top 5 Bar Foods (dirt wings)
  • The Travel Channel “Choicest Chicken Dishes in the Country”
  • Best Casual Restaurant in CT
  • CT Restaurant Hall of Fame
  • The #2 Buffalo Wings in the entire country (Daily Meal)
  • Best 21 Wing Joints in the country (Buzzfeed)
  • Hartford Courant/CTNOW Best Wings
  • Connecticut Magazine Best Wings
  • Hartford Magazine Best Wings
  • New Britain Herald/Bristol Press Best Wings

And, we’re grateful for the hundreds (thousands?) of notes we’ve received from satisfied and happy guests.

We know we exist only because of YOU. Tim and Jim and our entire staff welcome you to J. Timothy’s Taverne and thank you for your patronage.


J. Tim's Happenings

Closed Thanksgiving

We will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 25th. Our hours on Wednesday, November 24th are 4-9pm. For to-go orders we do not offer Thanksgiving meals, i.e. turkey and the fixins’. We’ll re-open on Friday, November 26th at 11:30am. Enjoy the holiday! If you want to start holiday shopping early, check out all the great … Continued

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