There is no way to explain the sadness that accompanies our most recent visit to Bartley's.
After 5 years of sending people there, to what I had originally called an "Unpretentious Gem..." and praising the food, we were so thoroughly disappointed in the food and appalled at the absolute filth that I can not in good faith recomment that anyone venture there.
The food was not bad, just bland and uninspired. Everything was prepared fresh, but with no love or attention by the chef or kitchen staff. Its as if the owner, who was there the whole time but paid no attention to customers, staff or kitchen, just doesn't care anymore. In the past he would cruise the tables, check on things in general and always stopped to chat with his customer; not this time.
There was a swamp occupying the area behind the bar service area near the restrooms and the restrooms themselves looked as if they had not seen a renovation of any kind in years.
We are hoping that this was a one time occurance, but will not be going back again just based on the perception that we believe that it will be shut down or closed based on what we experienced.
Sad, it was our favorite place in Kennebunk.
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