My wife and I have been to Fife N Drum restaurant (which sits directly on Rte. 7 in Kent, in the northwest corner of CT) a number of times over the past five years; and our most recent visit (with friends from the CT suburbs of NYC) was on February 24, 2012. Its location is perfect for folks living in the Berkshires wishing to get together with friends living in NYC's northern suburbs or for anyone visiting beautiful northwestern CT. By pure coincidence, several of our visits have been on cold rainy or snowy evenings; and coming into the restaurant from the raw weather outside is a very pleasurable and memorable experience -- lots of wood paneling, fireplaces ablaze, a vaguely colonial setting, and comfortable seating. A broad menu, a reasonable wine selection, expensive but not crazy prices. My wife and I had the duck which was pretty good (crispy); one friend had the scallops which were sweet and perfectly cooked (crispy on the outside, pink on the inside); and her spouse had the lamb shank which I must assume was delicious since he gobbled it down in record time and looked very happy (as did the lamb shank itself until it disappeared). Our friends started with a shared Caesar salad that was prepared tableside and was absolutely outstanding (yes, I tasted it myself). Our friends shared a fruit crumble for dessert which they reported to be mediocre. One of them had red wine (a Syrah) with dinner and was very satisfied with both the taste and the price. His spouse's cocktail order was completely botched. The wait staff ranged from truly excellent to mediocre: our table gave us a view of much of the main dining area and thus we could actually watch really excellent service and really poor service occurring around us; indeed, since we spent a very leisurely two hours there, we ourselves had both types of service over the course of the evening; but we were so relaxed and happy it didn't matter much to us. Other diners were not so forgiving. It pains me deeply to have to comment on the live music since the individual providing it was obviously working very hard to add to the restaurant's ambiance: the results were not positive. The restaurant welcomes families with children; if you want to avoid the hubbub of small children, just arrive a little later. Overall, with all the plusses and some minuses, we continue to return -- the location can't be beat -- and with only a little luck you will have a fine meal in a very pleasant atmosphere
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