going, going, gone


Malvern Meeting House 2016I have taken quite a few photos of the old Malvern Meeting House over the past few years. It is no more. Thank you East Whiteland for getting the eyesore demolished. It was a horror show and over the past few years reports of homeless living there and in 2012 it was the subject of a local news story on illegal dumping.  The Malvern Meeting House as seen in the past few years will not be missed.

Malvern Meeting HouseIt is kind of sad because in the 1980s it was the subject of a rave as far as the food in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Wherever It Is, The Malvern Meeting House Is Splendid

POSTED: April 20, 1986

With good home cooking and modest prices, the Malvern Meeting House Restaurant is a splendid restaurant. But it’s not in Malvern.

The restaurant, which has been in existence for 22 years, is three miles west of Malvern, in Frazer. Regardless of its location, it is worth a visit. But reservations are essential, for the restaurant is immensely popular and even on weekdays lines extend halfway around the building.

The secret of the restaurant’s success is not hard to discern: good food, friendly service, an informal atmosphere and low prices.

Homemade snapper soup ($1.10 despite the menu’s 90-cent list price) was among the best around. Offered as a daily special on my visit, it was a full- bodied soup thick with turtle meat, carrots and crunchy pieces of celery, so rich in flavor there was no need for the accompanying bottle of sherry.

Fried calamari ($3.50), a tasty appetizer, was a small plastic basket heaped with delicate pieces of lightly fried, breaded squid served with a spicy-hot cocktail sauce for dipping….

The restaurant is relatively small, sharing a room with an active bar that accommodated in a loud, smoky atmosphere some of the weekend crowd waiting for tables. The dining room has one brick wall and one of rough-hewn planks festooned with a variety of old farm implements, including a pitchfork and a baling hook.

Another potluck collection hangs from exposed ceiling beams – a dinner bell, a wine barrel, a cowbell, an old pulley, a long-handle dipping ladle, moonshine jugs and ice tongs, to name just a few. Bright red tablecloths and white paper napkins provide a welcome splash of color.

Service was prompt, even speedy, but no wonder, considering the number of people waiting for a table.



536 Lancaster Pike, Frazer, 644-0220

Open: Lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; dinner 5-10:30 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., until 11 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 1-10 p.m. Sun.


Malvern Meeting House before Sign fell

From once good food and a fun place to meet up to a pile of rubble. Sad.


1 thought on “going, going, gone

  1. It totally made my day yesterday when we drove by and saw the machines dismantling the sad, sad building. It used to be one of our favorite places for dinners, but it’s just been an eyesore for far too long. Now, for the other eyesores…it would be great if East Whiteland could influence the owners of the two mobile home parks to freshen up their road side areas with a nice fence or just some landscaping!!

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