We have visited Ashland on multiple occasions and we always like to have a meal at Larks, if only to revisit the excellent (signature) fried chicken. On a recent trip we had two dinners there. One was disappointing: while my husband's food was excellent, mine was overcooked and (seemingly) poorly conceived, with a watery and unpleasantly sweet sauce. And that night the service was slow and confused.
A subsequent visit was more consistent with our past experience. We dined with another couple and the service was great; everyone loved their food.
I wish I could explain the inconsistent performance, but we could see no reason why the staff have been having an off night. Nonetheless, we will certainly return on our next visit to Ashland because we love the dining room and the location is excellent.