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“Great atmosphere” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Tavern Restaurant

Old Tavern Restaurant
92 Main Street, Grafton Inn, Grafton, VT 05146
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Ranked #3 of 4 restaurants in Grafton
Price range: $8 - $30
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner
Description: The Grafton Inn is famous for its imaginative cuisine, thoughtfully prepared with fresh locally sourced food and exploding with flavor. Our knowledgeable service staff, led by Chef Martin Schuelke, is eager to explain ingredients and methods, and to help you explore our Farm to Table cuisine with us.We are open seven days a week from 6 – 9 p.m. A children's menu is offered. Reservations recommended.
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

this converted barn has a good selection of beers on tap and a small but tasteful menu to choose from

Visited September 2012
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28 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
Stamford, CT
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Fresh food with the focus on local ingredients. Menu is not large, but all the dishes are well executed. However desserts can be improved.

Wine list is outstanding and provides lots of great values (again - great values = very reasonable prices).

Service is nice and friendly.

Visited August 2012
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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“VERY Dissatisfied w/ Friday Night Flatbread Pizza ”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

The pizza was served in the garden room of the Tavern since a wedding was utilizing the phelps barn. We had read that this can happen on the website so we were not bothered. The garden room was pleasant, although, lacked ambiance. Our waitress was very sweet but unfortunately kept apologizing for many shortcomings. The printed beer menu was not what was on offer that night because they were not in the barn. A bit of confusion about what beers were available. Turns out they were all local Brattleboro McNeills beers and were very good. We had a fairly long wait for most things. The silverware was not on the table. The beer glasses didn't appear clean. No bread available while we waited. Thanks to a bus boy who brought the kids some bar mix ( pretzels, nuts etc) which was really good! No water glasses until we were almost finished. The ceasar salad had 2 croutons, very strong anchovy taste but alas one good Parmesan crisp. The flatbreads are individual pizzas and come served on a piece of cardboard. Maybe the cardboard works in the barn but seemed very odd in the restaurant. We tried all 4 choices and the winner was sausage and peppers, The vegetarian, then pepperoni and last was the grafton cheese pie. I was really disappointed with the cheese. I expected a nice blend of grafton cheddar but it tasted like mozzarella. Nothing about the pizza was exciting. Considering that the Grafton Inn is owned by the Windham Foundation and the restaurant has $30 entrees I would've expected such an establishment to get most of the basics right. I could forgive the inexperienced waitress if the food had been good. Too bad. Will not go back. 

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Penfield, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Grafton Inn”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Food was excellent. Charming, intimate atmosphere. Wonderful service.

Visited June 2012
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Went to the Phelps Barn part of the Inn on a lovely spring Friday night based on an advert in the local paper (we’re more or less local). When we got there we discovered it was reserved for a private function, and but the same menu was being served in the garden room of the main inn. The Barn looked inviting -- restored rough wood, fireplace, etc., music some evenings. The garden room was a lot fussier….. but we’d driven 20 miles to get there so we stayed. One of the attractions for us was that the Barn offers beer on tap – but we couldn’t have any due to the private function. (Odd -- we know there is only one kitchen in the Inn and food gets carried to the Barn through the garden by waitstaff -- why beer couldn’t make the return trip mystified us.) So we had to order bottled – a decent IPA from a Brattleboro brewery that only comes in 22.5 oz bottles: for us too little to share, to much to drink solo. We both ordered the fish and chips. The potion was decent enough, but the preparation was terrible. The haddock was coated in a thick layer of soggy bread-like batter, not at all crunchy or crisp. The “pub fries” as they called them were shoestring potatoes, pale tan and slippery, not crunchy. My spouse swore the entire plate came from the freezer case of a supermarket and had been prepared by someone who couldn’t. read the package directions. We could have prepared much better at home and saved ourselves a bundle. The Inn and much of the town is financed by a private non-profit organization and its restaurants are really the only game in town. Maybe a little competition would improve their focus. A pay-day treat turned into an expensive mistake - No return trip for us…..

  • Visited May 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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