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Aug 21, 2007 12:06 PM

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

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

    It is very good.

    1. 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

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

      2. 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

          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

            Gibbet Hill isn't open for lunch, it opens at 4:00

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

            1. re: hummingbird

              Bike shorts and shoes casual?

              I don't think so.

              1. re: three of us

                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

              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.