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Our Story

The Great Room is warm, personal, and comfortable with residential furnishings that make every visitor feel like a guest in a comfortable private home.

A traditional dining and communal atmosphere is immediately felt with nearby leather couches and armchairs, counter seating at our 'kitchen counter,' and bar-height tables. We also have a Barn Room with a variety of seating areas, a massive picnic table, fountains, and hydroponic growing systems.

Our food is, above all, authentic. We serve the classics like French Steak Frites, Classic Shrimp Cocktail, Maryland Crab Cakes, Manchester Fish and Chips, Philadelphia Cheese Steaks, Southern Fried Chicken, and Brooklyn Pizza.

We passionately strive for authenticity.

We have an extensive on-tap "Brew Ridge Trail" beer program featuring up to 20 regionally brewed beers, ciders, and fresh craft root beer.

We also have an extensive cocktail program and a stellar, but approachable cellar of wines, featuring local Virginia vineyards.

Service is straightforward, and friendly—no pretense—you are in our home and among friends.

The Great Room - Food. Drinks. Friends.

Our Menu

  • Appetizers

    Daily Soup Selection 4.95
    Woodsen Mills Cornmeal Onions Rings L K 5.95
    Sweet Potato Cottage Fries with Curry Ketchup K 5.95
    Maryland Crab Cake with Lemon Pepper Dressing 8.95
    Shrimp Cocktail with Horseradish Cocktail Sauce 8.95
    Chicken Wings / 10 Wings 7.95 or 20 Wings 13.95
    Buffalo / Chipotle BBQ / Sesame Teriyaki (with Ranch or Blue Cheese)


    Rigatoni with “Sunday Gravy” / Imported San Marzano Tomatoes, Fresh Basil & EVOO 14.50
    Mac & Cheese / Goldfish Herb Crumbs, Pete’s Salad & Choice of Side 12.95
    Chicken Fricassee “a L’Ancienne” / Stewed with Mushrooms, Potatoes, Onions and White Wine 15.95
    Maryland Crab Cakes / Lemon Pepper Mayo, Pete’s Salad & Choice of Side 16.95
    Steak, Frites, Salade / Grilled NY Strip, Red Wine Shallot Butter, Authentic Belgian Fries & Pete’s Salad 17.95
    Grilled North Atlantic Cod / with White Bean Stew, Wilted Spinach and San Marzano Tomato Sauce 17.50


    Pete’s Salad / Organic Field Greens, Fresh Lemon, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Parmesan 7.25
    Caesar Salad / Garlic Croutons and Parmesan 7.95
    Iceberg Wedge Salad / Blue Cheese, Bacon, Hard Cooked Egg and Grape Tomatoes 8.25

    Top any Salad with Choice of: 
    Grilled Steak Crab Cake Chilled Shrimp / Grilled Local Fish / Grilled or Grill-Blackened Chicken Breast


    Passionately Authentic Brooklyn Pizza / (All Imported Ingredients) Caputo Flour, San Marzano Tomatoes, Fresh Bufalo Mozzarella, Grana Padano, Fresh Basil & EVOO 16.95
    Baked @ 800° in our Stone Oven

    Top your Pizza with either: 1.95
    Olli’s Pepperoni / Hot Italian Sausage


    All American Burger / Half-Pound Hand Formed Patty Goodwin Creek Pretzel Bun 8.95

    Make it Yours: 
    (ANY TWO 1.50)
    Aged Swiss / Sharp Cheddar / American / Blue Cheese / Peppers / Fried Egg / Banana Peppers / Onions / Mushrooms / Smokehouse Bacon


    Blackened Chicken / Provolone, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, & Pesto Ranch, Goodwin Creek Pretzel Bun 8.50
    Philly Cheese Steak / Shaved Rib Eye, With or Without, Choice of Wiz, Provolone or Cheddar 9.95 (Add Peppers or Mushrooms 1.00)
    Kirkley Turkey Club / Smithfield Ham, Turkey Breast, Swiss, Cranberry Mayo, Lettuce & Tomato on Sour Dough 9.75
    Pit Smoked Pulled Pork / House Caraway Coleslaw 9.50

    Sides  (2.95 each)

    Mac & Cheese
    Woodsen Mill Onion Rings
    Grilled Asparagus
    Oven Roasted Wild Mushrooms
    House Made Fries
    Sweet Potato Cottage Fries
    Sautéed Fresh Spinach
    House Caraway Slaw
    Mashed Potatoes
    Seasonal Veggies

    Dessert  (5.95 each)

    Black and White Crème Brulee
    Old Dominion Root Beer Float
    Triple Belgian Chocolate Mousse Parfait
    New York Cheese Cake with Triple Berry Compote
    Old Homestead Creamery Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae

  • Buffet Items - (Your Kirkley Breakfast Includes Any Buffet Items Listed Below)

    Assorted Fruit Juices
    Freshly Brewed Coffee or Hot Tea
    Assorted Bagels with Cream Cheese
    Variety of Dry Cereal and Milk
    Freshly Cut Fruit Salad
    White or Wheat Toast 
    Fresh From-Scratch Muffins
    Assorted Fresh Whole Fruits
    Variety of Flavored Yogurts
    English Muffins

    Hot Items - (Your Kirkley Breakfast Includes a Choice of Any Two Hot Items Listed Below)

    Two Eggs Freshly Prepared “Any Style”
    Short Stack of Pancakes and Warm Maple Syrup
    Two Links of Savory Breakfast Sausage
    “Made–to-Order” Two Egg Omelet (Choice of Two:  Cheese, Veggies, Ham)
    Steel Cut Oatmeal with Garnishes
    “True-South” Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
    Cinnamon & Vanilla Scented French Toast
    Country-Skillet Breakfast Potatoes
    Two Strips of Crispy Bacon

    Adults - 9.95
    Kids (3-12) - 4.95
    *Taxes and Gratuities Not Included*

    Any Hot Item listed above may be purchased “A la Carte” - 5.00 each
    Any Buffet Item listed above may be purchased “A la Carte” - 3.00 each

  • Sample Brunch Menu

    Daily menu options are subject to change.

    Breakfast Buffet Items

    Assorted Fruit Juices
    Freshly Brewed Coffee or Hot Tea
    Assorted Bagels with Cream Cheese
    Variety of Dry Cereal and Milk
    Freshly Cut Fruit Salad
    White or Wheat Toast 
    Fresh From-Scratch Muffins
    Assorted Fresh Whole Fruits
    Variety of Flavored Yogurts
    English Muffins

    Breakfast Hot Items 

    Brunch includes a choice of three hot items listed below

    Steel Cut Oatmeal with Garnishes
    “True-South” Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
    Cinnamon & Vanilla Scented French Toast
    Country-Skillet Breakfast Potatoes
    Two Strips of Crispy Bacon
    Two Eggs Freshly Prepared “Any Style”
    Short Stack of Pancakes and Warm Maple Syrup
    Two Links of Savory Breakfast Sausage
    “Made–to-Order” Two Egg Omelet (Choice of Two:  Cheese, Veggies, Ham)

    Cold Salads

    Chilled Oven Roasted Asparagus
    Plum Tomato with Red Onion and Basil Pesto
    Marinated Wild Mushrooms with Aged Balsamic
    Spring Mix Salad with Assorted Dressings
    Cucumber with Tarragon, Yogurt and Lemon
    Red Skin Potato with Grained Mustard and Sour Cream
    Garbanzo Salad with Ham, Garlic, Parsley and EVOO
    Caesar Salad with Housemade Dressing

    Lunch Hot Items 

    In addition to the items below, we feature a chef's carving station of 3 roasted meats

    Creamy Asparagus and Crab Bisque
    Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Charred Chipotle Salsa
    Pit Smoked Beef Brisket with Cranberry BBQ
    Big Easy Braburn Potatoes
    Freshly Baked Quiche
    Roasted Sweet Corn & Chicken Chowder
    Cheese Tortellini San Marzano Tomato Vodka Sauce
    Smithfield Ham, Crisp Bacon & Sausage Links
    Oven Roasted Vegetable Medley
    Steamed Carolina Rice

    Dessert Items

    We feature an assortment of over 14 cakes, pies and cheesecakes as well as fresh strawberries with Belgian chocolate fondue.

    Adults - $16.95
    Kids (4-12) - $9.95
    Kids under 3 are free
    Taxes and Gratuities Not Included

  • Beer Cocktails

    Black Velvet / Local Stout and Fine Champagne
    Ginger-Lime Shandy / Local Ale, Ginger Beer and Fresh Lime
    North meets South / Local IPA, Makers Mark and Real Maple Syrup
    Diesel / Local Lager and Hard Cider with Black Currant
    Summer Hoedown / Local White Ale, Fresh Watermelon Juice and Maraschino Syrup
    Coup De Ville / Local Lager, Tequila, Fresh Lime & Orange Juice and Grand Marnier
    Spicy Michelada / Local Lager, Fresh Lime, Habanero Tabasco, Worchester, Soy and Cracked Smoked Black Pepper

    Chef Inspired Cocktails

    Modena Strawberry Gin Fizz / Plymouth Gin, 25 year old aged balsamic, fresh strawberries and St Germain Foam
    Golden Monkey / Patron tequila, fresh mango puree, ginger syrup, dash of green hot sauce and Tai Basil served Martini style
    Apple Julep / Wild Turkey, Apple-Cinnamon Candy apple syrup, Sweet & Sour mix, Fresh Mint and Apple dice garnish
    Bordeaux Swizzle / Spiced Bordeaux red wine reduction, Appleton rum, fresh lime orange and pineapple juice and a dash of bitters
    Kirkley Signature Rose Cocktail / Courvoisier, Fennel syrup, organic rose water and hint of fresh mint

    Classic Cocktails

    Classic Martini / when Ernest Hemingway "liberated" the bar at L'Hotel Ritz in Paris in 1944, he bought martinis for everybody.
    Manhattan / its roots stretch back to the old Manhattan Club, in 1874 -- is as close to divine perfection as a cocktail can be.
    Old Fashioned / invented by a Pendennis Club bartender in Louisville, Ky, to mask the flavor of bourbon for a Civil War veteran.
    Daiquiri / named for the village where the Rough Riders landed 1898, the U.S. Army forcibly removed the island of Cuba from the King of Spain.
    Mojito / fast-forward to Prohibition and Havana’s rise as America’s favorite offshore cocktail lounge, The drink migrated from farm workers to the Cuban capital.
    Mai Tai / "Trader Vic" Bergeron came up with this floral drink to showcase a 17-year-old gold Jamaican rum.
    Classic Negroni / which calls for equal parts gin, Campari, and vermouth with an orange garnish. It's clean, potent, and flawless.
    Tequila Sunrise / the recipe for this classic, layered cocktail originally appeared in a brochure published in 1934 by the Agua Caliente resort in Tijuana, Mexico.
    Bloody Mary / classic 1930’s NYC 21 club cocktail made with our own crushed San Marzano tomato juice.

  • WINE
  • Sparkling

    Gruet Blanc de Noir / Albuquerque, New Mexico 12.75 / 50.75
    Salmon color, fruity wine with toasty aromas and explosive juicy flavor of raspberry.

    Floral & Blended Whites

    Caceras Rioja Rose / Cenicero (La Rioja), Spain 7.45 / 29.50
    Floral rosé, using Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes, good structure and fine balance.
    Cline Viognier / Sonoma Valley, California 9.50 / 37.50
    Shows big pineapple, peach and apricot flavors mixed with citrus and floral notes.

    Dry & Crisp Whites

    Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier / Napa Valley, California 12.00 / 48.00
    Aromas of lemon, honeydew, mango and floral notes. Flavors linger through the clean and lively finish.

    Buttery & Oaked Whites

    Alamos Chardonnay / Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina 7.95 / 32.50
    Tropical fruit aromas with citrus and floral. Pear and fig fruit mingled with vanilla and sweet spice oak flavors.

    Light Bodied Reds

    Cono Sur Pinot Noir / Santiago, Chile 6.75 / 26.75
    Purple red color, rich notes of cherry, raspberry, plum and strawberry enhanced by subtle smoked hints.

    Medium Bodied Reds

    Alamos Cabernet Sauvignon / Tunuyán, Mendoza, Argentina 7.95 / 32.50
    Bouquet of red currant, blackberry. Has superb earthiness and an almost Bordeaux-like classicism.
    Mars and Venus Merlot / Central Valley, Chile 4.75 / 18.75
    Aromas of cedar and cherries, medium bodied, hint of mocha, perfect balance and nice smooth finish.

    Full Bodied Reds

    Graham Beck “Gamekeepers Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon / Breede River Valley, South Africa 12.00 / 48.00
    Blackberry and cassis on the nose, spicy mineral and cigar box flavors with a long lingering finish.
    Cline Syrah / Sonoma Valley, California 9.50 / 37.50
    Ripe, clean and juicy with flavors of fresh blueberries and black pepper.
    Terre di Sole Sangiovese / Sicily, Italy 6.75 / 26.75
    Red plum and cherry aromas. Has ripe red fruit, berry and tobacco flavors.

  • BEER

    Bold Rock Cider Co. Nelson County VA “Virginia Draft”:
    Crisp and Refreshing Hard Cider crafted with care using Local Virginia apples.
    IBU: N/A / ABV: 6.3% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Foothills Brewery North Carolina “Hoppyium IPA”:
    Highly hopped with Simcoe, Cascade, and Centennial hops made with English pale and light caramalts, orange color, with a citrusy taste and aroma.
    IBU: 70 / ABV: 6.3% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Parkway Brewing Co. Summit VA “Get Bent IPA”:
    Light bodied, west coast-styled IPA with a delightful bready character balanced by lots of citrusy hops.
    IBU: 68 / ABV: 7.2% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Star Hill Brewery Nelson County VA “Grateful”:
    American Pale Ale with a strong citrusy, resinous aroma from the hops leads into a light body with subtle malt flavor.
    IBU: 26 / ABV: 4.7% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    3 Brothers Brewery Harrisonburg VA “Virginia Dark”:
    Virginia Black IPA, complex piney and citrus hops, a pitch black pour delivers a marriage of texture and flavor to satisfy all beer lovers.
    IBU: 67 / ABV: 7.9% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 7.50

    Blue Mountain Brewery Nelson County VA “Full Nelson”:
    Virginia Pale Ale bursting with local hop flavor, strong malt backbone gives a rich taste and vibrant copper color with a pronounced bitterness and floral, citrus aroma.
    IBU: 60 / ABV: 5.9% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Parkway Brewing Co. Summit VA “Krispy Kolsch”:
    Light golden colored ale with notes of cereal & grain. Balanced by hints of floral hop aroma & an accentuating bitterness, the nuances of the yeast add a fruity, vinous note.
    IBU: N/A / ABV: 5.9% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Roanoke Railhouse Brewery Roanoke VA “Track 1”:
    American Lager with bitter chocolate notes, sweet & bready malt character, ruby hazelnut color and medium light body.
    IBU: 26 / ABV: 4.5% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Devils Backbone Brewery Nelson County VA “Vienna Lager”:
    Chestnut colored Lager with a malty aroma and subtle toasty sweetness derived from a multi-stage mash. A pinch of noble hops gives this refreshing beer a clean finish.
    IBU: 18 / ABV: 4.9% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Blue Mountain Brewery Nelson County VA “Classic Lager”:
    Continental-style Lager beer is brewed with 2-row malts and noble hops, then cold fermented and lagered for six weeks. Experience the full, balanced malt flavor.
    IBU: 22 / ABV: 5.3% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Star Hill Brewery Nelson County VA “Jomo”:

    Vienna style Lager with crisp, clean taste, and noticeable hop aroma are effectively balanced with a slight malty sweetness. This beer appeals to the broadest spectrum of brew aficionados.
    IBU: 20 / ABV: 4.6% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Blue Moon Brewery “Belgian White”:
    Belgian Wits style with Valencia orange peel, for a subtle sweetness. Oats and wheat create a smooth, creamy finish an unfiltered appearance adds to the depth of flavors.
    IBU: 9 / ABV: 5.4% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Wild Wolf Brewery Nelson County VA “Blonde Hunny”:
    Unfiltered Belgian style Blonde Ale with wheat, a lot of honey and special spice blend in every pour. Smooth and refreshing this beer is straw yellow in color with a slight sweetness.
    IBU: 21 / ABV: 6.8% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 850

    Apocalypse Ale Works Forest VA “Golden Censer”:
    German style Witbier or wheat ale, Spanish orange peels and Canadian honey malts, resulting in an easy to drink brew with a lot of flavor.
    IBU: 18 / ABV: 5.0% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Bull & Bones Brewhaus Blacksburg VA “Maroon Effect”:
    American Brown Ale this malty beauty shows is local spirit with a distinctive maroon tint. This beer is extremely complex with a very smooth aftertaste.
    IBU: 26 / ABV: 5.3% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Wild Wolf Brewery Nelson County VA “Wee Heavy”:
    Scottish style Brown Ale. Strong notes of roasted caramel malt & finishing with a touch of smoke and whiskey, very reminiscent of the best scotches.
    IBU: 20 / ABV: 5.7% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    St. George Brewing Co. Hampton VA “Nut Brown Ale”:
    Traditional English style Brown Ale flavors of biscuit and caramel, well balanced mild hop character.
    IBU: 28 / ABV: 5.0% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    The Duck-Rabbit Brewery North Carolina “Milk Stout”:

    Full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar) that balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains that give this beer its subtle sweetness and fullness of flavor and black color.
    IBU: 28 / ABV: 5.7% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Old Dominion Brewery Delaware “Oak Stout”:
    Smoked and peated malts create an intricate malt foundation. Dry hopped with vanilla beans and oak chips results in an unparalleled, smooth and roasty stout.
    IBU: 15 / ABV: 5.5% / Taste 1.50 / Pint 6.50

    Old Dominion Brewery Delaware “Root Beer”:

    American Root Beer recipe found at the Library of Congress & has been perfected. Dominion Root Beer has captured an old-fashioned taste that is full-bodied, rich tasting & aromatic.
    IBU: N/A / ABV: 0.0% / Taste .50 / Pint 3.25

  • Standard Pours

    Rye Whiskey
    George Dinkle / Jim Beam Rye

    Scotch Whiskey
    Johnny Walker Red / Glenfiddich / Glenlivet / Famous Grouse / Chivas Regal / Dewar's

    Irish Whiskey

    Jameson Irish

    Canadian Whiskey
    Canadian Club / Crown Royal / Seagram’s 7 / Seagram's VO

    Courvoisier / Remy Martin / Hennessy VS

    Ketel One / Stolichnaya / Grey Goose / Absolut / Absolut Citron / Tito’s Handmade

    Liqueurs, etc.
    Campari / Grand Marnier / Jagermeister / Kahlua / Drambuie / Chambord / Baileys / Cointreau / Frangelico / Sambuca / Southern Comfort


    Makers Mark / Wild Turkey 101 / Jack Daniels

    Beefeater / Bombay / Bombay Sapphire / Tanqueray

    Patron Silver / Jose Cuervo Gold / Sauza Silver


    Bacardi / Don Q Crystal / Bacardi 151 / Malibu / Captain Morgan / Myers

    Premium Pours

    Single Barrel Bourbon
    Bookers / Knob Creek / Woodford Reserve Double Oak / Prichard’s Double Chocolate

    Single Malt Scotch & Irish

    Glenfiddich Ancient 18 Year / The Macallan 12 Year / Bushmills Irish 16 Year

    Port & Sherries

    Grahams Six Grapes NV / Quinta de Crasto LBV 2008 / Hildago Manzanilla “La Gitna” / Hildago Alameda Cream / Hildago Oloroso “Faron”

    Blended Whiskeys
    Makers Mark 46 Bourbon / Johnny Walker Black Scotch / J&B Rare Scotch

    Cognac & Armagnac
    Martel Cordon Bleu / Remy Martin XO Excellence / Pierre Ferrand Reserve / Cles Des Ducs Armagnac VSOP

    Chinaco Blanco Tequila / Milagro Select Reserve Silver / Deleon Diamante / 123 Certified Organic Anejo


    Mount Gay Extra Old / Pyrat XO Reserve / Appleton Extra 12 Year / Pusser's Navy Rum 15 Year

    Vodka & Gin
    Stolichnaya Elit Vodka / Plymouth Gin / Hendrick's Gin

    Catering Services

    The Great Room is your ideal source for event catering services in Lynchburg, VA and the surrounding areas. Whether its at our 4000 square foot elegant ballroom, one of our intimate dining areas or an off-site barn or event venue, our passion is to create a memorable occasion.

    Business clients are our business - Whether you prefer a barbecue for a company picnic, need breakfast for a corporate retreat, boxed lunches, holiday parties, etc. we can customize any type of event to your budget and expectations.

    We just love being a part of your special occasion - The Great Room has been a part of numerous wedding celebrations, bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, anniversary banquets, and other types of social events. We also cater retirement parties, family reunions, cocktail parties and similar parties both big and small. Whether you are hosting a handful of people or need food for hundreds, our dedicated team of professionals can get the job done.

    Catering Brochure

    Catering Menus

    Our Chef

    Jim Garrison, Head Chef

    A graduate with high honors of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Jim Garrison brings over 30 years of experience to his role as Executive Chef at The Great Room.

    Jim has worked throughout the United States, including Executive Chef positions in New York; Washington, DC; San Francisco; and Miami. He was also the sole proprietor of the regional favorite Big City American Bistro in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

    Jim's culinary style is unique and eclectic. He has a passion for fresh, locally grown vegetables, meats, and poultry. His menus are filled with flavor and promise culinary integrity.


    Centrally located in Lynchburg, Virginia, The Great Room Restaurant is located at the Kirkley Hotel, just minutes from the River Ridge Mall, Liberty University, Lynchburg College, AREVA, B&W, Genworth, Harris, Thomas Roads Baptist Church, the Wards Road area, and Lynchburg Regional Airport.