Hubby and I had breakfast here twice, as it was included in our room rate. To me, the breakfast that the Old Tavern at Grafton has to offer was the saving grace of our stay at the Inn (which was just "okay" for us)... but it still was not incredible. Good, but just good.
It is very pretty. Warm atmosphere. It gives off a higher-class vibe. For someone with facial tattooing, big lobes and an even bigger laugh... it made me feel a little strange at times. Sort of out of place, I suppose. I feel like the volume was considerably quiet and I am someone who loves to converse and laugh, but even at a normal level, it sort of felt like I was doing something wrong because it was just THAT quiet.
Our sever was an absolute darling; she was our server both days (thank you, JoAnn!!) To start, she brought out some hot scones. One day, I believe they were something like cranberry-raisin and the next, blueberry. Hot and delicious; even just the scone could have satisfied my appetite at breakfast. We ordered proper breakfast as well.
On day one, hubby got the french toast and bacon and I had plain buttermilk pancakes with a sausage link. It was satisfying and tasty, but I feel as though most people would find it to be a small portion for some reason. On day two, I had blueberry pancakes and hubby got a couple of scrambled eggs, home-fries & rye toast. Again, good. They also served coffee which was actually great coffee (from Mocha Joe's) which made me happy. Good coffee is a huge plus in my book. They also offered juice; I had grapefruit, hubby had V8 and there were a few other selections too.
Overall it was tasty, but clearly, it is the atmosphere that most people are going to value and pay for. One thing that I found really comical: after breakfast, we went back to our guest house to grab something, then we were heading out for the day. This place is really quiet (Grafton), so we were a bit taken aback when we heard a massive truck coming down the street. ...A SYSCO truck. I said to my husband, "They CAN'T be coming here..." but sure enough they backed in. Hubby and I are very much into our own local food scene (weekly farmer's markets, CSA shares, etc) and the Inn and the Old Tavern restaurant here attempt to be all about local this and local that... the tavern gave off a vibe that you were eating eggs from down the street and that someone there used a grain mill to make your pancakes. ...But a quiet place with many neighboring farms that touts the beauty of utilizing local things sort of had its image smashed when a big, industrial SYSCO truck was delivering what I'm sure is mass produced swill there.
Still, it was a fun experience. Average breakfast fare with great service. I'm still glad I got to go, but would not go out of my way to stay at the Inn or dine at the Old Tavern again.
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