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“Less than Average” 2 of 5 stars
Review of The Fairfield Inn

The Fairfield Inn
15 West Main Street, P.O. Box 300, Fairfield, PA 17320
717-642-5410
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Ranked #2 of 11 Restaurants in Fairfield
Price range: $18 - $37
Cuisines: American, Dessert, Bar, Family Fare
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: With origins dating to 1757, The Fairfield Inn is one of America's oldest, continuously operated Inns. The Inn offers all the refinement and charm one would expect from a small luxury hotel. Individually decorated bedrooms, spacious private bathrooms, and elegant, tastefully furnished suites and parlours invite you to relax. Proud to be Celebrating and Serving Fine Food & Spirits to travelers and guests for over 250 years.Built nineteen years before the Declaration of Independence, The Fairfield Inn was originally the Mansion House of Squire Miller, an original founder of the town. In the 250 years that have passed, the Mansion House has hosted many famous Americans such as Patrick Henry, nephew of Squire William and Isabella Henry Miller, Thaddeus Stevens, Generals Robert E. Lee & J.E.B. Stuart, Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Plank and The Eisenhowers.When the Battle of Gettysburg was over, the Confederate Army retreated West through Fairfield. General Robert E. Lee and his officers stopped to eat at the Inn. After touring the Battlefield, we invite you to retreat to our style of history and hospitality. Unwind in one of our luxurious suites or guest rooms. Sip hot spiced cider by one of our eight fireplaces or have a drink in Squire Miller’s Tavern. Enjoy seasonal specialties on our front porch or dine in the original Mansion House. From our famous Chicken & Biscuits to our Chef’s signature dishes featuring the finest hand cut steaks and fresh seafood, taste why over four centuries of fine service and culinary expertise make dining at The Fairfield Inn a deliciously unique experience.
Littlestown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Less than Average”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We decided to try the Fairfield Inn again for dinner, but this time we brought our own wine since they do not have a liquor license anymore since the place changed ownership. We want to like this place but have found most everything except the atmosphere disappointing. The server was pleasant enough, but the service was slow. We were surprised at the slow service since it wasn't very busy on a Saturday night in September. We sat in the area close to the bar and it was noisy because the staff congregated at the bar and told stories all night long. My husband ordered the steak which was over cooked, I went with the house special, chicken and biscuits, which usually is very good, but was dry and the vegetables were too hard, not really cooked enough. We would have said something but no one came around to ask if everything was alright with our meals. We left very disappointed.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Grantham, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good Food at a Fair Price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a nice casual place to grab a bite to eat. Food was good and the place was clean. Not real expensive and a good menu selection. We had a very good meal when we stopped.

Visited July 2013
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Fairfield, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Hit or miss”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

My husband proposed to me here on February 13th, 2009. The food that night was excellent.

We then brought my inlaws here during the Christmas holiday in 2011 and it was terrible. I was very incredibly disappointed. Not one of us enjoyed our meal. Many of us ordered steaks, which were very pricey, and they were terrible...the cut was horrible and they weren't cooked well. We did complain. One would have thought that with the $400+ tab we had for our group we would have been offered a discount due to our displeasure, or something other than a half-hearted apology, but alas, we were not. It was enough to cause my husband and I to stop eating there.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful, Intimate Place for Dinner!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We and two other couples had dinner at this historic Inn in late August. We had made reservations but there was plenty of tables available that night. Alcohol is not offered here but that was okay because we brought our own wine. The menu is extensive and has a good variety which we were looking for since there was a shellfish intolerance with one of our members. The food was fresh, tasty and portions large. By the time we had our appetizers and main course, only two members had room for dessert. We enjoyed hot rolls, mixed greens for a salad, a lentil and ham soup (apparently, that was served to General Lee during his visit), a beefy soup; for the main course, some of us had General Lee's chicken and biscuits (real chunks of chicken), crabcakes (which were decadent), duck (perfectly prepared); for dessert apple pie, although there was quite a variety of dessert to choose from. Unfortunately, we were told the desserts are not made in-house. The atmosphere is wonderful and warm. There are coins jammed into every nook, cranny, crevice, ledge - apparently you leave a coin behind and make a wish, which we did. After dinner, and since we were the only dining guests left, we were encouraged to do a self-tour of the Inn, which we did. It was historically interesting to see the original 1757 portion of the house and know that we had visited and dined where famous people before us had ventured, including Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, General Lee, General Stuart, Patrick Henry among others. We were certain that if any of these folks could have pulled up a chair and joined us for hearty fare and conversation, they would have. We would definitely go back for dinner to this special place.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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pennsylvania
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“No Drinks Available”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stopped off on Saturday after a football game in Fairfield. The lack of cars in the parking lot should have been a clue, however we had eaten here before and enjoyed the food. We were seated and when we asked for a cocktail were told that the new owner was having issues with the Liquor Control Board in getting the liquor license transferred. The bar was closed but they were offering a complimentary glass of wine to diners. The owner came over to explain the problem. I felt sorry for his predicament - this used to be a busy place but the lack of bar and wine service would seem to have impacted business. Unfortunately the food service has also suffered. The fried oysters were a commercially prepared product judging from the breading. The duck was dry and had some congealed sauce spooned over the top. The crab cakes were good as was the salmon. The short rib pot roast dish was somewhat dry and seemed a different cut than described. It also needed more sauce/au jus as it was wrapped around a type of biscuit which was rather dry (similar dry biscuits were served in lieu of dinner rolls). I hope the license issue is resolved soon and the place can rebuild its former reputation.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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