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.
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.
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.