Blue Bell Inn ????? I give it five out of five question marks
Over the years I have heard people mention the Blue Bell Inn. It was mostly the Martini / Happy Hour-ish crowd. I have only gone to places like this for happy hour/networking, etc
I have eaten there three times and was waiting for the great reputation to just come out and overwhelm me.
Food is OK at best. Certainly not worth the price charged.
All three times the ice water smelled fishy...the way water and ice does when you don't clean or change the filter in the ice maker.
Wait staff were pretentious and snotty...kind of like the For Eyes commercial where the optician says "...these glasses speak french". You get the feeling that they would not listen to any critique or feedback.
Although I do have to say that the bar staff are great....It's just too bad they are part of the same establishment. Great little food layout, snacks, etc. Good place to network. Keep your tie on when you go.
The only five it gets from me is five question marks as to why people would do more than drink there?????
I totally disagree. I have never had a bad meal there, and I've had many. The beef is the best available in the Philadelphia area -- they have the absolutely best purveyors. The service is a little old school and I agree that the bar is a better place to sit, it's just been renovated and is cozy in winter and open to a patio in summer -- and you can order from the regular menu. While I usually order beef I also have to compliment the Blue Bell Inn for being inventive. There are always new specials in circulation and they do a good job being current for a place like that.
My wife had a business lunch there, last year, and said it was a joke! She was very sorry and commented that she might as well taken the money and thrown it out of the car window!
It seems that, frequently, the "Old Inns", no matter how pricey or beautiful, are just an excuse to rip-off the diners.
The Blue Bell Inn has changed hands a number of times, just like the other places. They always re-open with much fanfare, attracting new and unsuspecting diners!
Sorry you had to try it three times!!