5 Best Restaurants in Hanover, Lake Sunapee


$$$ Fodor's choice
With its stone fireplace, cathedral ceiling, and rustic-elegant barnlike interior, this inviting restaurant in the venerable Lyme Inn turns out farm-fresh modern American fare with international influences. Try the blackened scallops with an orange-chili-butter sauce or sliced-duck salad with shaved fennel and a ginger dressing, before moving on to herb-crusted swordfish with a saffron-sherry butter sauce.

Base Camp

This inviting restaurant in the lower level of a downtown retail-dining complex serves authentic, prepared-to-order Nepalese cuisine. Start with an order of momos (steamed dumplings) bursting with buffalo, paneer-and-spinach, wild boar, or several other fillings, and then try one of the easily shared tarkari (tomato-based) curries or chilies, offered with an extensive variety of meats and vegetables, from goat and duck to sweet potato and mushroom.

Latham House Tavern


This convivial, easygoing gastropub in historic Lyme's rambling Dowd's Country Inn—which also has pleasant guest accommodations—features an impressive list of New England craft beers as well as an enticing selection of reasonably priced comfort fare. Favorites include the half-pound house burger topped with bacon and a beer–smoked gouda fondue, and the confit-pork poutine with a chipotle-cider barbecue sauce.

9 Main St., Hanover, NH, 03768, USA
Known For
  • elevated pub fare
  • interesting list of beers on tap
  • warmly lighted dining room with beam ceiling
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.

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Lou's Restaurant


A Hanover tradition since 1947, this diner-cum-café-cum-bakery serves possibly the best breakfast in the valley, with favorites that include blueberry-cranberry buttermilk pancakes, and corned beef brisket hash with free-range poached eggs. Or just grab a seat at the old-fashioned soda fountain for a juicy burger and an ice-cream sundae.

Murphy's On the Green


Students, visiting alums, and locals regularly descend on this wildly popular pub, which has walls lined with shelves of old books. The varied menu features burgers and salads as well as meat loaf, lobster mac and cheese, and vegetarian dishes like crispy-tofu pad Thai and house-smoked tofu street tacos.

5 Main St., Hanover, NH, 03755, USA
Known For
  • sourcing ingredients from local farms
  • good people-watching
  • extensive beer list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Mon.–Wed.