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“Hope it was just a bad night.”

Jasper Murdock's Alehouse
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Ranked #2 of 5 Restaurants in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Brew Pub
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Jasper Murdock's Alehouse, a restaurant in Norwich, Vermont, features one restaurant menu, whether or not your preferred dining venue is the Pub, Outdoor Patio, Dining Room or Terrace. The menu is extensive, diverse and moderately priced, offering Pub favorites while adding more substantial entrees. A number of items include ingredients from Jasper Murdock Ales made on site. Our Norwich, VT restaurant and brewery feature seating available on a "first come, first served" basis in the Pub/Patio while reservations are available in the Dining Room and Terrace areas. Private, group dining is available for parties of 4 to 100.
North Texas
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Hope it was just a bad night.”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Had a late dinner with a group. The food was in a word, 'institutional'.

I hope they will look back on their offerings and try to do better. I had heard mostly positive views of the Inn and Tavern. But this was very disappointing.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank ntxtraveler091
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Orford, New Hampshire
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Reliable Pick for Lunch”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

Reliable. Beer is generally pretty good. Can be noisy but good for lunches. Service is adequate but variable.

Visited September 2012
Thank Mark B
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Microbrew Strikes Out”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We stopped in to the pub to sample the local brews, one of our favorite pastimes on one of those rare days off. Disappointing is the word that first comes to mind...

The pub area was narrow and confined-feeling, without much in the way of a unified decor or even a welcoming atmosphere. It was early afternoon, a few tables were occupied by couples and small groups have lunch. Unfortunately the only "ambiance" was provided by a flat screen TV blaring out the news. No music, no mood lighting, simply a terrible atmosphere.

We ordered the "Sampler Flight" of house microbrews, which is 4 of the 6 beers on draft - the other two are "Premium". None of these beers were anything to write home about. All of them had a round, mealy, heavy-on-the-malt flavor.

I happen to prefer a bright, hoppy flavor to my beers but I can certainly appreciate different varieties and styles of brewing. I have to give these brews a "C".

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank hdbbstephen
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Happy Valley, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Went to the pub side several times. Food is good. Loved the steak tip tortellini! Also have okay beer.

Visited December 2012
Thank Katie J
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Norwich, Vermont
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Local favorite, small town charm”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Nestled in the quaint little village of Norwich Vermont, Norwich Inn is a gem. If you want to experience New England small town charm this is the place to start. Established in 1797, the Victorian Inn is filled with history. From it's impressive facade with central turret and handsome wraparound porch, the inn located on the corner of Main Street and Beaver Meadow Road is a spectacular glimpse into days gone by.
Home to Jasper Murdock Ales (named after the original owner of the inn) which uniquely enough can only be purchased at the Inn in 12 ounce bottle. case or keg. Their sample beer menu is a great way to try all the unique brews, or take them home by calling ahead to arrange pickup.
One menu serves the pub as well as the restaurant. If you are looking for a quiet dinner, the restaurant has an intimate setting overlooking the town. Locals tend to congregate in the pub, my favorite place to dine but be prepared, unless your an early bird, tables are a hot commodity. Reservations are excepted only in the dining room. During the warm months there is a great patio eating area.
The menu is mostly simple pub fare but also has additional, more substantial items. Their special salads are wonderful. Frequent item on the menu is the Duck Confit Salad. It is not always consistently moist. Baked Brie with a light sprinkle of honey and raspberries is a delicious starter, and a visit is not complete without a plate of their Crispy Asian Potstickers. With choices like Chicken Lo-Mein, Rock Shrimp and Lobster Sausage, and Steak and Gorgonzola it is easy for everyone to find something they will enjoy. My very favorite meal is the Moussaka. Picture an obscenely delicious plate of ground lamb with all the right spices surrounded by Goat Gouda Cream and herb roasted tomatoes all wrapped up in a tower of crispy, perfectly breaded fried eggplant. This is the best Moussaka I have ever tasted.
Lots of gluten-free items available. If you are traveling to the area to visit Dartmouth College or other local attractions, make a trip to this beautiful little town. Try their beers (expertly paired with each meal), rub elbows with the locals, and enjoy a really nice, relaxed dining experience. Children are also very well accommodated.

  • Visited November 2012
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