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Robert Morris Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Oxford B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 11, 2011

We have been coming here for years as my family has a summer home here in town. So sad to see it close down a few years ago. However it is now better than ever. We came for lunch and had a very pleasant surprise,we chose to eat indoors in the tavern where the food was fresh and nicely presented. I had a soft shell crab sandwich, which was encrusted I believe with a wonderful crunchy panko bread crumb which was fried to perfection, not greasy at all. The cole slaw was creamy with an unusual touch of cheese added to it. My husband had a chicken panini which he said was one of the best he had, thin crust with spinach, fresh tomatoes and cheese toasted to perfection. The service was pleasant and we won't hesitate to keep coming back when we come back on the Eastern shore

Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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ianiglasgow, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2011

Many thanks for your generous comments. So much more valuable when coming from a guest who has visited for so long. Our Chef Partner Mark and his brigade enjoy reading such comments. Many thanks for your business and support.

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Reviewed July 29, 2011

The Robert Morris kind of exemplifies the Eastern Shore of Maryland. It has understated elegance mixed with unpretentious atttentiveness. My room was very comfortable, and I was happy that there was no TV (a great break from dawn to bed CNN and ESPN). The restaurant would hold its own against the top competition anywhere. (The crab cake is the best I've had and the Smith Island (peach) cake is fabulous.) Check out the Leisure packages for Sunday and Monday. You won't find a better deal.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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ianiglasgow, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2011

Wow . . . what a great review and it really reflects everything we want The Inn to be recognised for. So many thanks and best wishes. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Mark and Ian

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Reviewed June 13, 2011

My boyfriend and I just wanted a quiet weekend getaway before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We saw an article about the chef at Robert Morris Inn, and the deal that was offered for the hotel and dinner was too good to pass up. We ended up with the a room on the top floor, just under the eaves. It was perfect, even with the howling winds that night. We were very cozy, especially looking out at the choppy water. We loved it! The dinner that we got in the evening was more than fantastic! We got to choose anything off the menu for a full three-course dinner. The food was delicious. Even thought the weather was less than perfect, we still felt that we were far away from home and the hustle and bustle. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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ianiglasgow, Owner at Robert Morris Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2011

What a great review! Thank you so much as the staff read these avidly too and it goes a long way to motivating them.
It is a great omen when the Chef is also one of the owners, the food really should hit the spot and delighted it did.
We enjoy being busy so keep the prices "real" and yes the Leisure Packages are the best.
Thanks for your business and we look forward to you relaxing with us again soon!
Ian

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Reviewed October 17, 2010

My Mom & Dad stayed there in the late 50' & 60's. The visits were tied to my fathers goose hunting and was always accompanied with Julie and his wife. At the time Julie was the President of the NY AC and both he and my father were good friends.
As a young man pursing other interests, I was not present on any of their trips, but my father always told me about them. God, he loved that place! I promised myself , I would someday spend a night there.

That opportunity presented itself this past August when I needed to visit the University of Maryland- Baltimore. I asked my wife if she would like to join me - we pen three enjoyable days there and discovered the Eastern Shore of MD and fell in love with the area, just as my mother and dad had over 50 years ago.We loved the hotel, food and the "wait" staff, all were both friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 14, 2010

The Robert Morris Inn in Oxford MD is very old (1710!) and it shows. The floor in the stair landing isn't even close to level. Doors are often quite short (people used to be shorter). And there is no elevator. But, it has been renovated and it has comfy beds, AC when needed, and even wireless (although their network was a tad anemic, at least from the 3rd floor). The wifi is the only in-room modern convenience, really. There are no telephones or TVs in the rooms. Furnishings are mostly antiques and rooms are varied as to size, especially size of bathrooms.

But the location great-- right on the Tred Avon River in quiet Oxford, but just a short ferry ride and drive from the more touristy St. Michaels. The food is great (there is a formal dining room and a tavern) and the staff were wonderful. The management of the Inn changed recently, and the new owners include a chef who knows how to put beautiful tasty food on diners' plates. Usually we make a point to get away from the hotel to eat, but at this Inn, we figured why leave? The food was great! If you want to get away from it all, this is a wonderful place to do it.

Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2010

Oxford MD is a beautiful place for a quiet getaway. We stayed two nights in the Bottle Cottage of the Inn. The cottage rooms are roomy and comfortable but in need of updating. The cottage is what might be called a story and a half house from the 1970's (?) which has been split in half. the large picture windows make the room very bright and the view of the river and ferry are terrific. The yard of the cottage, overlooking the water is a great place to sip some wine in the sun after touring the area or enjoying the water. The rooms of the main inn are historical but quirky. I think there is quite a bit of room for taking some of the quirky away, yet leaving the historic, casual charm. I was told that new ownership (3-4 months) is professional and is interested in moving the Inn toward its potential.
The bar area with its brick and wood decor, looks like a great place to enjoy a wintery afternoon, and was a pleasant place to have a drink before dinner on the brick porch surrounding the Inn. The formal dining room is large but also in need of some updating.
The food which has recently been updated by Mark Salter was terrific and the menu provided a nice choice of meals including some vegetarian offerings. The scallops were stunning and herbed in ways that I hadn't considered before. The rockfish over the chorizo-fennel-tomato ragout was also delicious. I could go on about the food, but it should be experienced. Ingredients seemed fresh and as labled on the menu were sourced from local suppliers.
The staff at the restaurant and the inn were also incredibly professional and welcoming without being cloying. Our ninja waiter at dinner, Eric, was one of the best waiters we have experienced, anywhere. He went about his business professionally and discreetly. His was service unseen these days at few but the finest restaurants. The entire staff could not be nicer or more professional.
The new owners are off to a great start. I believe that my rating can only go up in the future. I can't wait to go back and see the progress.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2010

New owners have brought great food to this isolated little village on the water, and the emphasis is now very definitely on the restaurant. There are certainly sumptuous meals to be had, but the owners need to put the same vision into the Inn to up their game.
They have inherited a heritage property and the rooms reflect that with roll-top baths and four poster beds, but there's not a sitting/resting room for guests inside where you can settle down with a book, a coffee or a newspaper -- and that is something that needs sorting out.
Instead -- during our visit -- the obvious contender, a room to the left of the front door, was set out as a private dining room and not used during the three days we were there. Meanwhile if you are staying in the Inn there's no communal space at all that is not about dining. The whole of the glorious old porch is laid out with dining tables, where as guests would love a section of it to be given over to rocking chairs with a view of the bay.
And there is a massive underutilised parking area out back, why not give over some of this space to a leafy garden with outside tables and chairs? Other stuff that inns on our travels offered, but not found here, included bikes to borrow, flasks of tea and coffee that could be taken to your room and boxes of board games.
Our other criticism was the air conditioning which was not up to the sticky summer temperatures at all.
So a glorious old property, offering great food, but right now I would stay down the road at the Sandaway , which has a lovely garden, beach area, and an outdoor summer house stacked with water and games, and head off to the Robert Morris for dinner or cocktails at the highly recommended bar.
Possibly a star of the future, but not at full shine yet.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 314 N Morris St, P.O. Box 40, Oxford, MD 21654-1019
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Location: United States > Maryland > Talbot County > Oxford
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Oxford
Price Range: $141 - $165 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Robert Morris Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Once the home of Robert Morris who gained fame as "Financier of the Revolution". General and later President George Washington was a close friend and visited Robert Morris often. In more recent times author James Michener outlined his famous novel, Chesapeake here and fell in love with our renowned crab cakes. More history is located here. Now the Eastern Shore's most unique historic restaurant with rooms under celebrity Chef Proprietor, Mark Salter and Ian Fleming. Enter the Inn and step back 300 years: a pristine yet historic interior welcomes with timber beams, panelled walls and open fires in the cooler months. Through to Salter's Tavern featuring historic red brick walls and old slate floors, with magnificent fires in the cooler months and offering casual outside dining on our Terraces and Veranda during balmy warm summers. This is a truly historic Inn, cosy with a natural patina running through. Friendly, great cuisine and understated professional service. ... more   less 
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