in 1861 by the Knowles family,
the Inn was actually two small buildings
in later years. The front porch was enclosed
and the interior changed to provide a single
family floor plan. The house is on the historic
register and commemorated with a lovely
plaque given by the town.
building housed Brewster's first telephone
and so it began a life as a meeting place
locals. It also was the first gift shop
on the lower cape, The Brewster Gift Shop,
eventually moved across the street and several
Bramble inn has been run as an Inn and dining
spot welcoming guests for over 50 years. Known
originally as The 1861 House, it provided
dinner and lodging to travelers and locals
year round. In the mid-seventies it was purchased
by Karen Etsell and Elaine Brennan who
transformed it into The Bramble Inn Gallery and
Cafe, a California style luncheon cafe, B
& B and gallery, open only in the summer months.
Ms. Etsell and Ms. Brennan were so
successful that they wrote a book on their experiences
entitled, ''How to Open and
Operate a Country Inn". Ms. Etsell appeared
on television to promote the book and the
n 1985, Ruth and Cliff Manchester purchased the inn and transformed it yet again into The Bramble Inn and Restaurant, Over the next 28 years the Manchester's, with Ruth as executive chef, Cliff as inn keeper and their three daughters helping out, received many honors. Ruth and her original recipes have been featured in The New York Times, Providence Journal, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Gourmet, Food and Wine, Bon Appetite, Good Housekeeping, Travel and Leisure, Chocolatier, Yankee Travel, Naples Daily News and Gourmet Getaways , as well as voted most romantic by Cape Cod Life to name a few. Nationally, the inn has received noteworthy praise and recognition from Triple A, Mobil Travel, Foders, Frommers and one of the highest ratings from Zagat, as well as being named among the top 100 hotel restaurants in America by USA Today. Ruth and the Inn are also members of the prestigious Chaine des Rotissuer where Ruth holds the title of Vice Conseiller Culinaire and the Mondial Wine Society.
The Manchester's travels in the "off season" take them to Europe and the Mediterranean to sample and explore other food cultures and hone their skills, which they incorporate into the menu offerings each year.
The most recent addition to the inn is the new Bayside Bar, a friendly beach inspired bar with small plates menu featuring Bramble Bar Bites, a fun way to sample our food and fantastic martini list. Stop in for a quick meal on your way to theatre or a movie. Also new this season is the introduction of our a la carte menu and a three course "Cocktail Hour" menu with several choices for $25, available before 6PM. Visit our menu page for our most recent offerings, changing every three weeks or so to take advantage of our local seasonal fish and produce..
The inn remains a gallery as well, featuring the works of emerging artists covering the walls of the dining rooms and bar. Ruth makes the rounds of the local art shows, here and in Naples to assemble a diversified variety of subject matter and mediums and has recently added the works of a few Naples, Fl. artists collected from her winters there. Also on hand are lovely antique china plates and collectables for sale. All the tables are set with antique face plates and Cliff does the flower arrangements with flowers grown from a local garden as well as maintaining the extensive flower and herb gardens surrounding the inn. He is a recipient of the Horticultural Beautification Award from The Brewster Garden Club.