Somehow we had missed word that the Public House in Flint Hill was not only back with new ownership but beautifully redone both in terms of ambiance and the kitchen. We made the 30-minute drive from Warrenton on a whim and were not disappointed at all. Not only is the drinks menu beautifully recast with an array of choices (and a broad, all-Virginia wine selection) but the new bar itself is lovely and defines a clearly separate space from the dining areas. Anyway, so as not to fawn too much I will say our dinners eaten outside were very good and the service was knowledgeable and attentive (as well as local ... which was refreshing in the "greater Little Washington area"). The vegetables were fresh from "Marvin's garden" growing merrily just steps from our table (Marvin is head chef) and the glaze on my steak was really well conceived (I didn't need one shake of pepper to make it zesty.) My wife's catfish was good and dusky. Maybe the Calamari wasn't exactly seaside level fresh but it was a good starter over drinks for two hungry souls. Bottom line, so happy the Public House is in reach again and that it offers a cool mini-trip in the Piedmont for either a night out or an overnight stay in the attached Inn rooms. We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- More than 100 years of history..Perched on a hill above the namesake village it overlooks, Flint Hill Public House & Country Inn is a large white house that is hard to miss. The building is a former schoolhouse that has been a fixture in the area for more than 100 years. In the early 1900s, a one-room schoolhouse was moved from the premises to make room for a new school called the Flint Hill School. Built in 1906, the new school was instrumental in educating Rappahannock County children until 1960, when the property was sold and became a private residence. In 1986, the schoolhouse/residence was sold and renovated and opened as The School House Restaurant. In 1992, the restaurant operation was leased as The Flint Hill Public House until it closed in 2008. In June 2011, new owners purchased the property and undertook an extensive renovation and redesign, hiring noted Washington, DC, architect Ernesto Santalla. The complete renovation took the building down to the bare walls and included moving an interior stairwell to the outside to accommodate four luxury suites on the expansive second floor. The new Flint Hill Public House & Country Inn opened in early 2012 – ready for another 100 years as a local landmark and gathering place. CLOSED MONDAY-WEDNESDAY. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Flint Hill Public House Hotel Flint Hill