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“Superb food in 18th century barn” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Inn at Phillip's Mill Restaurant

Inn at Phillip's Mill Restaurant
2590 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938
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Ranked #17 of 74 Restaurants in New Hope
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Somerset, New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Superb food in 18th century barn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

You can almost miss this place, sitting right on River Road a little north of New Hope proper. They don't have a big neon sign announcing their presence. But the old stone barn is practically sitting in the road, and if you look closely you'll see the little wooden sign over the door announcing The Inn at Phillip's Mill. Inside, low ceilings with whitewashed beams and country plaid curtains continue the ambience of an old farm house. The cuisine is French and fantastic! It was 4th of July and late in the day, but we enjoyed the Terrine Maison and a special salad made with a dozen varieties of locally grown greens topped with roasted nuts and gorgonzola dressing. For entrees, we chose pork tenderloin with a fig cream and duck au jus. Everything was mouth-watering and satisfying. The only off note was that the staff seemed overworked and harassed. They were pleasant and efficient enough, but seemed so busy that you hated to stop someone to ask for more water. Hopefully, they were just short-staffed that day. SPECIAL NOTE: They don't take credit cards, so make sure to bring plenty of cash.

Visited July 2014
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  • English first
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English first
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Excellent meal - horrible bread, so-so service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Mrs. Robo and I went for an anniversary dinner and all-in-all an excellent meal with just a few let-downs.

Let-down #1. When we walked in there were two waitresses (who double as welcomers) holding plates of food, looking at them and talking about the customers who were supposed to be getting them. They paid us no attention but continued talking about who was getting what (in a not-so-friendly manner). Once they had solved their problem, they both disappeared without so much as a "Hi." Then they both walked by again barely acknowledging that we were there. Then one came back and "welcomed" us with a very forced and stiff manner. OK - we don't need a trumpet fanfare on arrival at a restaurant but at a cozy little place like this, they need to make an effort of being cozy and friendly. Just a simple: "We'll be right with you." is sufficient.

Let-down #2. The bread. Airy, fluffy, fine crumb with little texture other than the crust, which was not very crusty. Very disappointing for a french rest. Oh mon dieu, how a frenchman would have reacted. Now I know it is difficult to make a good baguette, but I also know that about three miles away in New Hope, there is an excellent french bakery that produces them daily. Not to worry - we got over it. But I must say that when that is the very first thing that you bite into at a restaurant, one does have reservations about what the rest of the meal is going to be like.

But things got better rapidly from there. As appetizers, Mrs. Robo ordered the trio of smoked fish - one of which was bluefish - absolutely delightful. I had the house terrine, which was also above average - a country paté. Main courses: Baked cod with leeks and limes (delicate and well balanced - and plenty of it.) I had the veal nicoise. Wasn't sure what to expect with the "nicoise", but it was an olivey sauce that "beefed" up the delicate veal flavor nicely. We shared a parfait for dessert, which was average but perfectly acceptable and in no way detracted from our good dinner.

The atmosphere on the veranda, which is effectively entirely closed in with a glass wall looking out on an outdoor seating area, which was empty due to impending rain showers. Quaint, romantic, intimate. Enough space between tables to still be private. Pretty vistas over the outside garden and into the side garden through a magnificent old stone doorway. There were two parties of six and one other couple dining there and the parties of six were mildly annoying, but that's not the restaurant's fault and they were only "mildly" annoying. That can often be the case and I imagine that when we've been in parties of six we've been mildly annoying to other diners - so, they get a pass on that. Our waitress had a stiff mannerism about her that was not particularly friendly but did accommodate us.

Let-down #3. We had made reservations for the veranda and we were given a choice where to sit. After having sat down and given our wine (BYOB) to the waitress we changed our minds because of the party of six next to us. So we moved one table over. Unbeknownst to us (our bad) we left our little wine bag at the first table. When we were all done and ready to leave we couldn't find our wine bag and asked the waitress about it. She got a little snippy with us and she did find it at the original table, but it was just a weird vibe. Then, with that solved we got up to leave (there were still a couple diners left but we were among the last) nobody bothered to say goodbye. No big deal - again we don't need a trumpet fanfare but it would have been just common courtesy to say "bye, thanks, come again."

Out the door: $140 for two inc tip. (cash only).

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Charming setting, consistently great food at a good price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is an old Inn that we have been visiting for many years. It is reminiscent of an old English tavern. In winter, there is a roaring fire in a big open hearth; in summer, one can sit outside in the garden and listen to the water in the little fountain. My favorite entree is their escargot in puff pastry, but there are many others to choose from. The main course offers a wide variety of choices from fish to lamb to beef dishes. The rack of lamb is particularly good, as is the salmon dish which my wife often orders. Finally, the desserts are very tasty and include a fine creme brulee. This restaurant is a BYOB, cash or check only as they do not accept credit cards. Be sure to book in advance. Parking can be a little tight so it is best to go early in the evening or late. To my mind, this is far and away the best value for money along the Delaware.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Hope, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The Inn at Phillips' Mill does not disappoint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The venue is lovely. The atmosphere -- antique-y. Husband always has the lamb, which he adores. I had swordfish and it was amazingly good. We went with friends and enjoyed sitting there for three hours talking and laughing. We were not hurried along. And we like that it's BYOB, so markups, taxes and tips on wine are not on the bill. A very special place.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
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“Average quality and experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I have dined here 3 separate times. This last time confirmed what I suspected all along: calling yourself a tavern or inn to justify a limited menu and inflated prices is a gimmick. Food was mediocre, definitely not worth the prices, and the service from hostess to waitress conveyed a "you are privileged to be dining here so just keep your thoughts/comments to yourself" attitude.

Limited menus do not equal "gourmet" cuisine. The menu I saw today has not been changed much since the first time I dined here seven years ago (it was an early "nice" date for my not yet then husband and I). The food is very heavy and French inspired. I say "inspired" because I was really disappointed that every single meal comes with the exact same side veggies. Yep. Found that out inadvertently when I asked the waitress about what the vegetable of the day was for the ONE vegetarian option. She acted annoyed she had to explain it to me, saying "every dish has the same thing, you know, a potato, carrot puree, some green beans." So in our party of three each of us had a different main portions (pork tenderloin, chicken breast and vegetables) with a side of potato, carrot puree, 3 green beans, a few slices of squash, and a "stuffed" plum tomato. Somehow that sounds more in line with a catering hall than fine dining.

What carries this restaurant is the fact that the food isn't terrible and the atmosphere is actually very nice. The inn has a lot of charming rooms, antiques, and little patios/enclosed porches. If you stick to basic, simple dishes and don't set your expectations too high you will be OK.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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