Welcome to Nipper's Cafe.  Both Adam and myself grew up in Manchester, VT.  We attended the local high school Burr & Burton Academy, in fact we were in the same homeroom.  We each went on to college and would later move to different parts of the country.   Adam moved back in 1998 to assist a local restaurant owner.  While I was living in Connecticut we ended up reconnecting because of our sisters who were living in San Francisco.  Within a year I moved back to Vermont to be with Adam.  At which point we bought our first restaurant.  We decided that Manchester was an amazingly beautiful spot to live and we were ready to start a family.  What a great place to raise kids.

We purchased the Stamford Motel in 2005 and we were running a local bar downtown while trying to run the motel.  After 4 years of little sleep and trying to raise two small girls we decided to sell the bar downtown and open a restaurant at the motel.   We are located 1.5 miles away from town and in the wrong direction.  Thus, we cherish the customers that find us and choose to dine with us.  

We both take pride in serving you the highest quality food.  We believe strongly that delicious food is made with the best ingredients.  Thus, we may spend more on our ingredients and you may have to pay a few extra pennies but we believe that it is worth the extra expense to have good flavorful food.  All of our soups are homemade, sauces, dressings, our famous balsamic, wings sauce and so much more.

During the summer months we have an expansive garden in order to provide you with fresh organic produce.  Adam maintains the gardens and picks from them daily.  Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, celery, berries, apples, fruits and so much more.

We take pride in our small mom & pop restaurant which is family owned and operated.  You will even find our girls helping out from time to time either in the front or the back of the house.  

We consider this restaurant a work in progress.  We are continually changing and attempting to make things better.  


We are striving to create a casually elegant ambiance, offering you a delicious home-cooked meal while serving you the freshest, highest quality ingredients with a very friendly level of service.

Since we are so small we believe it's all about the customer having a quality experience and a delicious home cooked meal. Come and taste the experience for yourself. 

If an issue arises please let us know, so we can try to remediate the issue while you are here. We try our best to have everyone leave with an exceptional experience, in hopes that you will choose to visit us again in the future.     

Cheers,  Adam and Karen

Our Story

"There is absolutely no substitute for the best. Good food cannot be made of inferior ingredients masked with high flavor. It is true thrift to use the best ingredients available and to waste nothing." - James Beard

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