We have eaten here just a few times as it is a pretty good ride from the Springfield, VA area, but it is a pretty ride out to Upperville and you can stop in Middleburg along the way where there are lots of shops to browse. They do take reservations, and you can use Open Table to make them if you wish.
You can't miss this as it sits right beside Rt 50 in Upperville, and has the distinctive red English phone booth out front. The gravel parking lots holds a fair number of cars. You walk through a large wall entryway into an open patio area and you can feel like you've walked into a pub in England. You enter the tavern itself and hang a left into the bar area where the menu items are written on chalkboards on the wall and drinks are listed on chalkboards over the bar. You order your drinks and meal at the end of the bar and you are given a wooden spoon with a number on it, that you put into an empty wine bottle at your table so the server knows where to deliver your food. You pick up your drinks at the bar once you've ordered then head to your table.
We ate outside in the patio/garden area and it was very nice since it was a cool day. All the tables and chairs are heavy wood (like teak) and there are umbrellas over each table. There is a garden type area off the end of the patio and the whole area is very quiet and isolated from the nearby road. We have also eaten inside and it is very cozy and comfortable, with old European charm, and a nice fireplace for those cooler times of the year.
Food is pub style and is very good, if a little pricey. Of course this is probably to be expected since it is organic local farm meats and produce harvested from neighboring Ayrshire Farm. I had a cheeseburger ($13.50) and my wife had the Chicken Pot Pie ($14) - both were very good. There was also warm bread before the meal which was good. A pint of Harp lager was $4.95.
The service was excellent during our visit - food came within 5 minutes and the waiter checked back several times but was not intrusive. It started to sprinkle a bit when we were on the patio and they offered to move us inside, though we declined. Several folks had their dogs with them on the patio and the servers even brought bowls of water for the pets.
Would definitely recommend this place - very unique here in northern VA, good food, good service and a very nice patio area on nice days.
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