Red House Tavern to feature locally sourced Virginia fare

HAYMARKET, Va. (February 3, 2022) – The new Hilton Garden Inn Haymarket will be more than a welcome place to stay. It’s set to become a culinary destination.

The hotel is opening in early March with a new dining hot spot – the Red House Tavern – serving a modern take on classic Virginia dishes.

That vision is led by Executive Chef Joel Valente, who brings to Haymarket a cooking pedigree from the renowned Inn at Little Washington and several New York City fine-dining restaurants.

“We’re creating a community restaurant and bar with a neighborhood vibe,” says Valente, an accomplished chef, describing the Red House Tavern’s focus on the fine food traditions of Virginia.

“I love to cook. Food makes me so happy,” he says. “If I could have a shack and cook my life away, I would do that. It gives me joy and I want the food to convey that message. I can’t wait for us to open. I want to go table to table and interact with our guests.”

The Red House Tavern will elevate traditional dishes that feature local makers and producers in a setting that makes guests feel welcome, special, and appreciated.

Asked about his favorite forthcoming delight, Valente cites his charcuterie board made in house with locally sourced meat.

“It’s great food served in a beautiful way made for sharing,” he said. Valente says the restaurant will focus on shareable bites in keeping with its missive to be a community gathering place. That includes burgers, Virginia oysters and seafood, and more. Additional menu details will be available soon.

“Inspired by the Mediterranean but with Virginia roots, we’ll have an abundance of great food,” Valente said. “Your palate will be invigorated.” He said the menu will feature about 16 items changed frequently to reflect the seasons and local harvests.

Red House Tavern will be open for dinner daily initially. The bar will feature handcrafted cocktails and local beer and wine. The restaurant space also will be available for special occasions and events.

The Hilton Garden Inn also will feature the Crossroads Café coffee shop featuring beans roasted locally by the Haymarket Coffee Company and serving house-made baked goods daily.

The hotel and restaurants are hiring. To apply, candidates can visit or text myhotelcareer to 85000.

To learn more about the Red House Tavern and Crossroads Café, please visit