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Aug 7, 2007 06:33 PM

Any recent vists to Castle Hill Inn?

I'm taking my parents there for dinner on Friday and we're very much looking forward to it. Any specific yays or nays on menu items? The dinner menu on their website is from April, so I'm thinking some things may have changed since then.

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  1. I go there a few times a summer for lunch with my Ma and Aunt. It is always good; the wines by the glass are always great choices. Also, being a native Rhode Islander, living in the Berkshires, and desperately missing the summers of my childhood, having had the idyllic '50s Rhode Island childhood, I have to say that the view -- both bridges, Narragansett Bay, all of it is what R.I. is all about...does not get much better than that.

    1. Just so you know upfront. They now require you to order an appetizer and a dessert under the guise of offering a prix fixe menu.

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      1. re: Frobisher

        Was there almost a year ago for my honeymoon. We did a full dinner in the inn and it was excellent. Best scallops I have ever had. We also had some sort of yellowtail tartare as a appetizer that was incredible.

      2. Thanks for the feedback, everyone. A brief review: We really enjoyed our dinner. Ok, here are a few more details. We had made the reservation for 7:00 so we could catch the sunset, but then travel delays forced us to have to move it back to 8:30, but that turned out to be fine, as no one saw the sunset that evening through the raindrops. Even in the rain, the setting is lovely - it really feels like a special occasion place, formal but not fussy. We were aware of the 3 course prix fixe menu before we went (they also have 5 and 8 course tasting menus), and I thought it was a pretty good value for $65. Highlights were the scallop appetizer, which was indeed delicious and a very generous portion for a starter, the wild boar chop with a apricot glaze, and the lamb "two ways" (chop and a samosa-type pastry). We had a lovely bottle of Foley Pinot Noir (after being overwhelmed by the 27 page wine list, I went with something I know and love). Service was also terrific - our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and winelist, and was just the right mix of friendly but not overbearing, and opinionated but not pushy. All in all, a great choice for a celebratory meal.