Having heavily researched our first trip to Gettysburg, my husband, mother and I made a point of visiting the Dobbin House. We found the house itself to be charming and very interesting - definitely a must-see. However, we found it odd that none of the staff greeted or acknowledged us as we wandered through.
Eventually we made our way downstairs to the Springhouse Tavern. We had made arrangements for dinner later in the week and thought it might be fun to get a glimpse of what the food and service would be like. We're glad we did. It probably saved us more than a little money.
The tavern is situated in the springhouse below the house itself. As to be expected, it was dimly lit and made of stone. This caused virtually all sounds to be amplified which created a need for us to raise our voices for conversation. The benches were high-backed and allowed for two to be seated on each side. A good use of space, but very uncomfortable since the floor is cobbled and anyone's movements move everyone else as the bench shifts.
While the servers' period clothing was charming, the servers were not. In fact, ours had little interest in us and made the barest attempts to get us our food and drink and disappear. A quick look around revealed there were several waitresses and the place seemed well staffed for the number of guests.
My husband's steak was tough, flavorless and overcooked. He would have sent it back had he been given the opportunity. My mother and I had sandwiches which were made with dry bread and little dressing to salvage the situation. They were also entirely overpriced. We also tried the cider which was flavorful, but no better than what you buy at the local grocer. The onion soup was actually very good, but the bits of steak found toward the bottom were rubbery.
When our waitress finally returned to gather our long-abandoned plates she asked us how it was. We told her it was so-so. (Quite frankly we were ready to just get out of there). Her reaction was almost hostile when she snapped, "Did I do something to offend??". Sorry, but making it person was the wrong route to take.
We paid, went upstairs, canceled our dinner reservations (no one seemed interested as to why) and left.
I cannot say I would recommend it, but we visited several restaurants in the area with superior food and excellent service. Many others seem to enjoy the place. This one is up to the visitor and how lucky they feel.
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