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Lunch in Ayer, MA or Groton, MA (Nashua River Rail Trail)?

InmanSQ Girl Aug 21, 2007 12:06 PM

I'm looking for a place to stop for lunch either at the beginning or along the Nashua River Rail Trail. I went once already and stopped at the Irish pub JP O'Hanlons in Ayer, MA which meant well, but had very slow service and very heavy food. I am hoping to find a sit down place that has somewhat healthier / lighter choices than fried fish sandwiches (not the best thing to have sitting in your stomach when you're biking 20 miles). The trail passes through Main St. Groton, MA, so that is also a possibility. Any nice places with sandwiches, salads, soups, etc.? Really good one would be even better. Pretty / cute atmosphere would be the ultimate, but I'm not going to push it :)

It can also be along Rt 2 West on the way to Ayer, MA or near by (I'm driving up to Ayer, MA from Somerville, MA via Rt 2 West to Rt 111 North).


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    hummingbird Aug 21, 2007 08:30 PM

    This is on 119/main st in Groton. There are a few tables outside too if you'd like.


    It is very good.

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      lar3ry Aug 22, 2007 08:31 AM

      If you like Korean, Woo Jung (174 W Main Street, Ayer) has good soups. They also have Korean foodstuffs (bulgoki for example) with some Chinese-style dishes as well, all served with about five small plates of kimchi assortments. Recommended if you like Korean.

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      1. re: lar3ry
        whs Aug 22, 2007 04:21 PM

        I think a lunch of kimchi would propel you along nicely.

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        steve999 Aug 22, 2007 08:40 AM

        Gibbet Hill Grill in Groton - it's not very far off the Nashua River Trail. It's on Rte. 40 just past Lawrence Academy on the left.


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        1. re: steve999
          Keithel Aug 22, 2007 08:50 AM

          Isn't Gibbet Hill Grill a bit too upscale/slow for what InmanSQ Girl is asking?
          I've never been to Gibbet Hill, but from what I've been understanding from the various posts about it, it's pretty upscale, and good.

          1. re: Keithel
            hummingbird Aug 22, 2007 09:41 AM

            Gibbet Hill isn't open for lunch, it opens at 4:00 http://www.gibbethill.com/.

            You can be casual there though, and it is pretty good.

            1. re: hummingbird
              three of us Aug 22, 2007 09:59 AM

              Bike shorts and shoes casual?

              I don't think so.

              1. re: three of us
                hummingbird Aug 22, 2007 12:25 PM

                Not what I implied at all. Just letting the OP know that it wasn't open for lunch.

                And others that you can go casual.

            2. re: Keithel
              steve999 Aug 22, 2007 01:15 PM

              The food is quite good, but as HB indicated, the atmosphere is more of a casual place than a "fancy" place. Probably not bike clothing casual, but definitely not upscale unless you are there for a reception in the Barn.

              Gibbet Hill's dining area is setup with a rustic, barn-ish type of atmosphere with a few fireplaces scattered around and an open kitchen. They also have a small bar area, and serve you homemade potato chips when you are waiting for your table.

              I was thinking they were open for lunch on weekends, but their website clearly says 4pm, 7 days a week. I'll bet they could do a big weekend lunch/brunch if they wanted to, as Gibbet Hill is no longer a secret and gets very crowded on weekends.

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