Heard about the Griswold Inn years ago from a friend and finally had to go there for a late lunch after visiting a nearby attraction. We ate in the Taproom- limited menu selection during the hours we went, but the food and drinks were excellent - especially the sirloin burger with Cabot cheddar. Definitely not for calorie counters, the bun is toasted and buttered, the beef seasoned just right- word to wise - order medium for full flavor and juciness. I order medium-well, and it was just a tad on the dry side. The hubby's was perfect. If you love history, the ambiance of the restaurant area is like walking into history - the wood floors and nails look very original as does the ceiling. Lots of memorabilia to keep you gawking like a tourist while you are eating (sorry locals!). Our waitress seemed a little overtaxed - it was unusually busy when we went, but was pleasant and efficient. We were impressed enough with the inn and the quaint town of Essex enough to want to come back and do the full inn experience - if just for the history alone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the picturesque and historic village of Essex, Connecticut, The Griswold Inn is a destination experience. With 33 guest rooms, unique shopping, historic dining, a stunning wine bar featuring a tapas-style culinary experience, and an award-winning taproom voted "Best Bar" over and over by Esquire Magazine and countless others, the 'Gris' offers visitors an authentic and spirited adventure. Come make your own history here. The oldest continually operated inn in America. Fine Food, Spirits and Lodging....Since 1776! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Griswold Hotel Essex