Okay. I've lived in the shadow of this place for 20 years. It's always been the local "hang" for a beer with the regulars. I learned that it was under new management and wanted to give it a fair shot since I'd not been there in a while.
Went for brunch today with a party of eight and waited to be seated even though we had a reservation and the dining room was empty. No hostess in sight. Not a good sign.The bar was loud and crowded.
The new owner is doing well with good selections, very well prepared food and good prices. The waitstaff was efficient and very pleasant . The dining room was clean but dark with and odd decor of peeling white ceiling paint and ugly brown trim. Tacky dollar store St. Patricks day decorations still up long past the holiday. I hit my head on some kind of hanging unlit votive light which looked like it came from the church across the street. I could barely see what was on my plate because the two tiny windows only lit the opposite side of the dining room and then not very well. The owner needs to make massive changes to the dining room if he wants to keep clientele. The decor is very unappealing, old and a forgotten part of the business. There are two other Colchester restaurants that are offering brunch at a reasonable price with bright and pleasing dining rooms. I may give them my business. In summary, the food is very good if you don't mind sitting in the drafty, dungeon of a dining room. Fine if you're there for a beer and some pub grub with friends, but I wouldn't bring my family here for a nice special dinner out, its just too run down. I sincerely hope that Mr. O'Brien has some changes in mind.