My husband and I decided to give the Oxford House a try after waiting for more than a half an hour at our other local restaurant, we decided to call the Oxford House to see of they had a seat available which they did. We ended up in the lounge, was told there was a wait upstairs so decide do the lounge. Cool seating, very small bar, only counted 5 bar stools, not sure why the odd number other than it was a small bar. Sat up against the wall with brown pieces of paper over the white lines table cloths and a bucket of crayons to go with it! Now don't get me wrong it's nice to see that they are prepared for children, but seriously I never saw 1 child I there and they must think that a lounge area is where they should coral children is kinda of silly but whatever. I wasn't that much impressed with the paper and crayons on the table, I say wait till the children are there and set the table accordingly !
On a lighter lighter note,I have to say the food was Amazing! Very nicely plated and tasted great I had the special of the night flank steak cooked just right and was delicious! My husband had the pan seared scallops he loved them. Food was hot and beautifully plated, 4 stars for the kitchen! The service on the other hand was soooooo sloooowwww! We waited 17 minutes for a glass of wine and a jack and coke! I was 6 feet from the bar I saw the bartender she wasn't that stressed out that it took that long to get a drink! I am a server and a bartender at a very nice hotel in North Conway I serve dinner ( fine dinning) so I know how things work in the back of the house! I wouldn't of let my guests wait that long for a drink! The server that we had ( don't know her name because she never introduced herself to us) was so slow that I wanted to jump up and help her! It wasn't that busy to of had to wait that long! She had the personality of a rock, and after our meal was served she never once came back to ask if everything was good! She didn't notice that our cocktails were low to see of we needed another one! Another server walking by actually took our plates from us after we were done.
Bottom line, the food is amazing, the service needs some serious improvements! We dropped a hundred bucks that night! I was thinking of dessert but feared it would of turned into another half and hour wait! If you have lots of time and don't mind waiting endless minutes for a cocktail or a smiling friendly server, then by all means go and enjoy because the food is very good! But as for me, I think we will probably not return for all of the small but irritating circumstances that we saw and encountered.
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