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Jun 27, 2013 04:45 AM

Fair Hill Inn

Drove down to Fair Hill, MD for dinner last night. It had been a while since we were there. Once again a great meal from soup to cheese. Our group had nearly everything on the menu and there wasn't a clinker in the lot. Nice wine list too; fairly priced.

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  1. Every time I read something here on CH about the Fair Hill Inn, and it's ALWAYS positive, I make a mental note to phone for a reservation. Well, I guess that says a lot about my mental notes because I still haven't gotten there. Now I've WRITTEN myself a note. Hopefully that will be more reliable.

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    1. re: CindyJ

      Look at LaBan's review in the Inquirer. He schlepped down from Philly ...loved it. It ought to be more crowded but its in Cecil County where the locals don't have much interest.

      1. re: sal_acid

        sal_acid: CindyJ and I, plus Mr. CindyJ and Mr. travelmad478, are planning to have dinner at Fair Hill Inn on August 24. We'd love it if you could join us (and any other CH'ers who'd like to come!). You can e-mail me at my CH username at Yahoo, if you'd like details.

        1. re: travelmad478

          Alas I'll be in Dallas.

          So I lose twice.

          But thanks for the offer ...great idea.

          1. re: travelmad478

            How was your meal? I got some Texas BBQ in DFW. Was just OK.

            1. re: sal_acid

              As it happened we had to change dates, which necessitated a change of venue also due to availaibility issues. We ended up at House of William & Merry instead, and had a great meal. CindyJ did eat at Fair Hill recently though--I'll let her comment on it.

      2. Thanks your comments. I am a bit behind the post on this one. My mother-in-law lives a short drive from the Inn; the few times we remember to visit there we have enjoyed the experience. A mental note here also, thanks!

        1. I finally got to the Fair Hill Inn a few weeks ago. There were four of us on a Saturday evening and I was surprised to see how empty the parking lot was when we arrived for a 7:30 dinner reservation. There were a few people at the bar, but I'd say that fewer than half the tables were occupied.

          The service was top notch -- friendly but not overbearing; very attentive; very accommodating. We each ordered the 5-course prix fixe tasting menu and we all chose to have the wine pairings -- two of us ordered "Wine Flight A" for $34 and two of us had "Wine Flight B" for $54. And, being family and all, we sipped from each other's glasses and swapped forkfuls of food from each other's plates to get a taste of what we were missing.

          The food was all delicious and nicely presented. I'm not going to go into detail about what we had because it was pretty much a sampling of the entire menu. The wines -- some were okay, some not so wonderful. But here's the issue -- maybe we're spoiled with regard to wine. We live in Chester County and we tend to seek out restaurants that serve wonderful food and are BYO. I often check the restaurant's menu online and buy my wine at Moore Bros. where $20-25 a bottle will buy some very nice wines, and where I can get expert guidance on food/wine pairings. I don't think the wines that were paired with our meal at the Fair Hill Inn were all that great; for the $176 we paid for wine, we would have been MUCH better off ordering 2-3 bottles off the wine list.

          All in all, it was a pleasant enough dining experience, but for $125-150 per person (including tax and tip) we weren't blown away. I've had more enjoyable farm-to-table dining experiences closer to home at places like the Birchrunville Store Cafe and Styer's Garden Cafe.

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