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The Inn at Phillips Mill, New Hope - has anyone been?

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Heatherb Oct 11, 2010 03:35 AM

I can't find any posts on this - has anyone been to this restaurant and is it any good? A friend and I were driving past it the other night - as we have done a thousand times before. We never realized there was a restaurant there! (Usually we're passing by during the day - we had thought it was just a house.)

I found their Web site online, but I haven't seen anything from any chowhounders. Has anyone eaten there?

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    Franco American RE: Heatherb Oct 11, 2010 06:08 AM

    Have been dinning at the romantic and iconic Phillips Mill off and on for perhaps 40 years or more.The cuisine has generally had a French slant and has always been delightful.The interior
    is superb and has appeared as background for various fashion shoots over the years,it's a delight for the eyes as well.
    Their chefs
    have been numerous but the inns standards have always been maintained.
    Had lunch in Provence the other day with my London friend who had recently rushed to the inn
    upon arriving for a brief visit in Bucks.
    It's the most romantic of the Bucks restaurants so stop in and have a look at the menu --and the interior and terrace.

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      Heatherb RE: Franco American Oct 11, 2010 07:11 AM

      It DOES look romantic. To bad there are no dates on my horizon.... Sigh.

      :) Thanks for the insights, though. Definitely looks like a place I would want to try!

    2. CindyJ RE: Heatherb Oct 11, 2010 08:24 AM

      That place is hard to find, even when you know where it is. I love the Inn at Phillips Mill -- the food, the service, the outdoor dining area... and the fact that it's BYO. The reason you haven't seen anything posted here is probably because it's more likely to be written up on the Philadelphia board. Bucks County is a Philly suburb.

      1. Gwendolen RE: Heatherb Oct 12, 2010 04:15 PM

        Where is the location of Phillips Mill,? Address please.

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          Heatherb RE: Gwendolen Oct 13, 2010 03:10 AM

          Gwendolen, all their information is right here: http://theinnatphillipsmill.com/

          They're on 32, just north of New Hope, at that little cluster of stone buildings around the sharp bend in the road.

        2. bucksguy14 RE: Heatherb Oct 14, 2010 07:53 AM

          I've eaten there many times over the last 30+ years and never had a complaint. Good food, nice atmosphere (especially the patio in summer), and BYO. Beats most anything else in New Hope that I'm aware of!

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            crazyjane RE: Heatherb Jan 11, 2011 01:55 PM

            I'm surprised to see so many positive reviews of the food here. We've dined at this restaurant (and stayed upstairs at the B&B) many times over the years and the food, in our opinion, has gone downhill from what it once was. BUT--the place is so romantic that, knowing we'd only get so-so food, we still went back to celebrate our 25th anniversary in October! And we were right--the food was okay, but the romantic, charming, Bucks County atmosphere was still there! Outdoor dining in the warmer months can't be topped. Careful when you step out the front door, though, because 2 steps will put you in the middle of the road!

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              flourgirl RE: crazyjane Jan 14, 2011 04:23 AM

              I never heard of this place before. I'm going to have to go just for the ambiance.

            2. famdoc RE: Heatherb Jan 14, 2011 08:34 AM

              Let me join the chorus of long-time Phillips Mill diners. We've been going there for at least 25 years. At one point, the Inn at Phillips Mill was pretty much the only choice for fine dining in the area. But, like Crazyjane, we've noticed that it has lost its cutting edge quality in recent years.
              That is not to say the food is bad, it's just to say you don't go to the Inn at Phillips Mill just for the food. Really, the cuisine is rooted in the Seventies. It is decent French bistro food. There's nothing unique or innovative about it. The servers, many of whom have been there for many years, will recite the specials with that magic phrase "finished with" when describing a dish. The portions are generous, the ingredients fresh, the prices quite fair. But, it's the ambiance that makes the place a destination. You may be seated in one of four rooms (or on the terrace in good weather), each of which has its own character (I, personally, don't like the second floor seating). You will never be rushed through your meal. It is BYO, so you can spend a bit extra and bring a fine bottle of wine. For fine bistro cooking, there are a few better choices in the area. But, for a quiet, romantic meal, Phillips Mill remains hard to beat.

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                skardm RE: Heatherb Jan 20, 2011 03:43 AM

                I agree with many of you who feel that the restaurant has gone downhill. It is good, but not as good as it used to be. When we were there last month, the service was particularly bad. We had to wait for 1/2 hour even with reservations, waited for 20 minutes for menus, and each course was delayed.
                But the setting and rooms are very romantic, and that is the big draw.
                Hotel du Village is another similar restaurant in the area. Haven't been there in years. Would welcome opinions about that one.

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                  Jessica39 RE: Heatherb Feb 21, 2011 12:49 PM

                  My husband used to be the sous chef there a couple of years ago. I love this place and we try and go back at least once a year for special occasions! The ambiance can not be beat and I have personally never had a bad meal there. We remain friends with the head chef and he usually makes us something special when we come. I just checked their website and the prices don't look like they've changed much since he worked there. The $ for the food is an amazing deal, but remember they are a cash/check only place. Well they were the last time we went.

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                    famdoc RE: Jessica39 Nov 14, 2011 06:49 AM

                    Just wanted to report on a recent visit to the Inn at Phillips Mill and a surprisingly excellent meal.
                    As I said above, we have been going to the Inn for more than 25 years and enjoy the ambiance more than the food. To reiterate what I said before, you get solid French bistro food here. I always compare it to a fine French restaurant in NYC in the late Seventies/early Eighties. Nothing cutting edge, just good.

                    On a recent visit, however, we were served a codfish main course that was fresh, perfectly done, striking a perfect balance with the herbal mixture in which it was poached. Accompanying the cod was a generous and dizzying assortment of fresh, seasonal vegetables, including potatoes, spaghetti squash, a tomato, some greens and even one or two more items I didn't commit to memory.

                    Service was friendly and attentive. A shared appetizer, a shared salad, two mains and a shared dessert for just a whisker over $70 made for a perfect evening. Remember: cash or check only (no credit cards) and BYO. Don't know whether there's someone new in the kitchen or if we just hit the right dish on the right night, but the cod at IPM sticks out in my mind as one of the better meals I've had of late.

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                      famdoc RE: famdoc Jun 10, 2013 07:54 AM

                      We made our approximately once-a-year visit to The Inn at Phillips Mill this past Saturday and wanted to report that the cod dish is still on the menu and still one of the best things to order there. The cod was generously sized, again perfectly done and again presented with an array of veggies. Prices haven't changed much, so $80, including tip, bought a salad, an app and two mains (a pint of fresh Bucks County strawberries awaited us at home, so we skipped dessert).

                      The only complaint I had was that there was a bit of a logjam at the front door with five parties with reservations at the same hour and only one hostess doing the welcoming and seating. It took nearly twenty minutes for the logjam to clear, with not every table cleared in time to seat each party.

                      IPM is a pleasant dining destination and remains an artifact of days gone by, a French bistro from the Seventies. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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