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Spiced Pear or Castle Hill?

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My husband and I will be celebrating my birthday in Newport on January 2nd. I think I would like to eat at either The Spiced Pear or at Castle Hill Inn. I can't drink right now, so food is the big draw for me.

Any suggestions on which you prefer, or other places that I might want to consider?

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  1. I am a big fan of Castle Hill. Some of my best meals in RI have been there. The service is polished and the atmosphere very mellow and quiet, which I appreciate (hate restaurants where you must shout over the din). Food wise, I appreciate that they use local vendors and everything seems fresh. I was pregnant last time I went (perhaps why you can't drink?) and they were very thoughtful about pregnant lady concerns (raw cheeses, cooking meat beyond bloody) and even made me a fancy non-alcoholic drink, so I could at least look the part.

    1. SunGlow, I'd love to hear where you chose to go. I will be in town in a few weeks and was trying to make the same restaurant decision!

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      1. re: mels

        better call to see if they are open. i think that they close for Jan and Feb

        1. re: tfed

          They are closed the first 3 weeks of January this year, for a renovation, but normally open year 'round!

        2. re: mels

          We had a minor family emergency, sadly and were forced to reschedule the trip.

          I'll let you know about the ultimate choice though!