We have been to this restaurant 3 times in one year. We have eaten lunch in one of the dining rooms at the front, had drinks on the patio and dinner in the other dining room at front, and most recently had the Dickens Buffet. The best meal and service experience was the dinner. The soups and salads are wonderful, with fresh "home grown" ingredients. Portions are more than adequate, and prices reasonable. We are not usually "buffet" people, and were just going to have a lunch when we went to the Inn on the 21st of December, but once we saw the offerings on the buffet, we decided it was worth a try, for $19.99 per person. We did not like sitting (as a couple) in the larger room at the back, and felt a bit like we were in a fishbowl with other large groups of people around us. (we did have a reservation). It was also very cold! The salad and soup bar was my favorite part of the whole meal. There was 2 hot options.. turkey or beef. Since we were just a few days away from Christmas we decided to have the beef, which was a mistake as it was very overdone. When our server asked us how we were enjoying the meal, we told her the beef was dry. She said "Yes, I noticed that.. its too bad as Prime Rib is one our specialties" and that was that! The dessert table was replenished regularly, and even though we were there at the tail end of the buffet, we still had more than enough choices. Unfortunately, the 2 servers that were assigned to that room started moving tables and setting up for the dinner service (and having personal conversations) while we were still there. It made us that it was their way of telling us it was time to leave! It also seemed odd that with the tables set with linens and with the ambiance of the Inn, we would have to use flimsy paper napkins. The server said that was their "lunch policy". We also expected the Inn would be more decorated for the holidays. Next time I would make a reservation around the availability of a front dining room table.
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