The Stonehurst used to be a fine restaurant a decade ago. Now its either living off of that reputation or just given up trying to serve good food all together.
My wife and I arrived to a near empty dining room and were seated at the table right next to the only other diners in the whole restaurant. Why does that always happen? How about a table or two away so that we can have a little personal space?
The dining room was right out of Miami Vice with its aged white wicker and mauve napkins, I thought I had been transported back to 1983. The lighting was horrible. Even after our eyes adjusted you had to squint to see the menu.
It took 15 minutes before we had our drinks. The Lobster in Puff Pastry appitizer wasn't disgusting tasting, but lacked any lobster bigger than my pinky nail. The puff pastry itself was as big as a softball, but it contained maybe 2 tablespoons of microscopic lobster pieces. The cream sauce was just OK, but could have used more sherry.
We had had a big and a little bit late lunch at Horsefeathers (Go there early and get a seat at the bar before the buses arrive) so we decided to get a couple of wood grilled pizza's. 10 years ago, Stonehurst would never have considered serving WGP, but they have now definatly moved away from gourmet and have embrassed family dining.
My wife's pizza came without sauce, even though that wasn't mentioned on the menu (and it wasn't a white pizza or a clam sauce pizza or anything) so she just picked at the toppings. My pizza was slightly better, the homemade maple sausage was the best part about it.
The bottles of wine on the wine menu were WAY overpriced, so we thought to just get a glass of wine each, which ended up costing us $6.50 each from a bottle of wine that I know sells for $9. Thats a WAY to high mark-up.
The whole atmosphere at the restaurant was surreal. Behind us was a large table of Japanese diners, talking three times louder than needed, even though just about every other diner turned around multiple times and looked at them as if to say "Can you tone it down a bit folks?"
The table to our right had an English family that had a young teenage son who decided to eat his spaghetti with his fingers, dangling it above his head and sucking it down with a slurp. His parents thought this adorable.
The folks to our left became evry upset when told that they were out of the roast duck that night. "This is unacceptable" he said, "do you know how far we drove to get here just for the duck, I can't beleiev this!"
I felt bad for the waitress who aside from being a bit slow in getting our drinks was actually not bad and was dealing with 6-8 tables by herself.
Anyways, Stonehurst's best day are behind it. I'll look for a change in ownership before I ever go back their again.
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