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“Fun time for groups or couples” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Common Man

Common Man
60 South Main St, Ashland, NH 03217
(603) 968-7030
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Ranked #1 of 10 Restaurants in Ashland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Families with children, Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Pepperell, Massachusetts
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60 restaurant reviews
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
“Fun time for groups or couples”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

The Common Man is a large chain. I have been to several and have never been disappointed. Each restaurant is very unique although the menue seems to be about the same. This place was the first of the chain to open. It is located in what was old brick house. Interesting. There is outside seating downstairs and upstairs on a poarch.

To eat upstairs, one must climb a narrow staircase. So if you have difficulty with stairs, ask to be seated downstairs. Up stairs there were several sections in the large room. Some areas were like a living room with 2 sofa and chairs. Diners ate their food on the coffee table. Nice if you want a relaxed atmosphere. There was a bar area with a large TV to watch sports. Another room had a pool table. Eating tables were placed there for diners since it was a busy day.
We had reservations for 9 and our table was waiting. We sat at a long narrow private. We sat upstairs in what might have been the attic.
The service was excellent and she was very professional. The menu had something for everyone. The prices were fair and typical. We had 3 kinds of appitizers which were of a good size and quickly eaten. Most of what we ordered were sandwiches, salads, and soups.The portions were good. I heard no complaints from the group. Beer and mixed drinks were enjoyed too. Dinners come with a nice warm loaf of bread and mixed breads with whipped butter.
Soft music from the 70's played in the background. We could easily talk over the music. The lighting is a little dark which could be a problem for people with bad eyesite. It place seemed clean but I did not look in the kitchen.
The bathroom was shared with the men and women which created a line on the busy day. It could be spruced up a little. Some people may not like that but there was a larger single sex bathroom downstairs.
All in all I really liked the place and would return if I ever was in the area. This is not a fancy expensive table cloth restaurant but great casual dining restaurant. Also someone in the group said that they had met the owner at another of the restaurant. They didn't know he was the owner until he had left. I was told that he questioned them about the food and service because he travels to all the restaurants to check on the place, food, and staff. Good owner.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Monument Beach, Massachusetts, United States
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139 reviews 139 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

Enjoyed nice quiche and sandwich at outside table, had fun looking through and purchasing old Life Magazines.

Visited April 2012
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Succasunna, New Jersey
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
“Loved the olde world charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We were in Ashland NH for a ski week in March. We prepared most of our meals at the condo we were staying in, but decided to try the Common Man after a day of skiing and to celebrate my daughters 21st birthday. We were NOT disappointed. The food was really good and the portions were large. I forget the manager's name, but she was super friendly. I had Lobster Mac and Cheese which is a house specialty, Crab Cakes were great too. The olde world decor was really cool especially for a restaurant that is part of a chain.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Campton, New Hampshire
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97 reviews 97 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“30 years of great experiences!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Virtually the perfect restaurant. Excellent and affordable without being pretentious in any way, the "common" man who wants to dine well and drink great wines at an affordable price. The dining room downstairs is where the great food/wine is served, though you can have it upstairs too. The free salad got my children eating salads since they came with the meal (the only Common Man still doing this, I believe). The little snack area of cracker and cheese and the salad holds the kids off while you wait for the meal--the purpose of it. Wednesdays they have half priced wines--and they have a good list. Have to check that this is still happening. White chocolate at the end of the meal as a great treat. You can ask for "a little" more. Been over 100 times--lunch, dinner, friends, business, romance (spouse best; not quite for the dating scene downstairs). Upstairs is perfect for a young crowd. Sitting area; games; and the TVs--but not too overwhelming.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Salem, New Hampshire
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Food is geared more to the college bound, but is excellent

Visited May 2011
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