My husband, father-in-law, and another family member had brunch at Holly Hill during part of a day tour operated by Mint Julep Tours on a Sunday around 11:30 AM.
First, the setting is indeed beautiful; like stepping back in time. However, this is the only positive aspect that I can report, unfortunately.
Our table was ready upon our arrival with water glasses full. The menu was a prix-fixe brunch with somewhat incongruous options. For example, course 1 was a choice of: mediterranean salad, squash soup, or poached pears. Course 2 was a choice of breakfast fare like 2 kinds of omelets, 2 kinds of eggs-benedicty dishes, and then more lunch fare, like scallops, pulled pork ravioli. Then there was course 3, dessert, a choice between lemon chiffon pie, chocolate bread pudding, berry cobbler, cherry almond gratin.
Menu Problem #1: every man in my group turned up their noses at eating dessert as part of "breakfast", but they had no choice in the matter. Problem #2: how does one negotiate eating a salad or soup, and then a breakfast dish like an omelet? For a girl with a sweet tooth like me, no problem - I could eat dessert for all courses!
There was also the option of having a mimosa or bloody mary. I was on the verge of ordering a mimosa when I tasted my husband's orange juice: ick! Could not have been fresh squeezed or even a "good" brand, so I passed. The coffee however, was excellent. Unfortunately we were only given 1 small cream for the whole table to pass around.
The food itself was another problem for many in our party. I had the poached pears, which as I have mentioned with my sweet tooth addiction, was probably the highlight. My husband had the salad, and our 2 companions passed on the first course.
My husband ordered a different kind of omelet than his father, but got the same one, but didn't bother to complain. It was very basic and "just ok." I had an eggs benedict with smoked salmon - again, ok, I've had better many times.
The dessert was a tremendous disappointment, especially as a required course. Small portions, which was fine, but really uninspired and not great. I had the cherry-almond gratin, and it was mushy and not crumbly/crisp as the name would suggest. My husband had the chocolate bread pudding which wasn't chocolately at all! Just a few chocolate chips thrown in.
Overall the service was fair; our server was covering a lot of area, and there was a hostess who just walked around as if she were in a trance, filling water glasses and apparently not helping out otherwise.
To get to the restroom, one has to pass through the prep and kitchen area, and they were apparently hustling pretty hard back there. It was awkward passing through the work areas.
Ultimately, the real insult was the end charge of about $25 per person for this mediocre meal. The menu and food are completely incongruous with the appearance and reputation of the establishment.
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