The last time we dined at Prince and the Pauper was in 2006 so our expectations were based on very favorable experiences almost a decade ago. Did we set the bar too high? Perhaps. However, our experience at our most recent visit was disappointing to say the least. The room is still charming and the staff is still as friendly as ever but there are a number of things that seemed to point to fraying around the edges (women's room being out of TP is one). Unfortunately that extended to the food. I noted other reviewers also had issues with some of the food not being cooked to order. I ordered lamb medium rare but (and this may be my fault) added that the chef should prepare it the way he prefers. It came out very rare. If it were any rarer I would have had to wrestle it to the ground. Our server noticed this before we did since she mentioned it was not as ordered as she set down the plates. If that was the case though, would it not be best to not place the onus on us to return it (we didn't) and take care of it before taking the plate to the table? If this was the restaurant's 'signature dish' someone needs to improve on their handwriting. Another disappointment was the presentation. Sides were all jammed on the plate together. No room for display of sauces if there were any. At $51 a head there should not be an 8 dollar charge for dessert. I know, I know. Not everyone orders dessert but it might be better to charge a few bucks more and include it or ditch the salad that comes between the appetizer and the entree. I want to emphasize that I am not looking to slam the Prince and the Pauper. If this were a restaurant with 18 dollar entrees and 9 dollar appetizers then it might get a higher rating. But for what is considered the best restaurant in Woodstock VT with prices to match the experience was a letdown. Some negative reviews seem a tad angry, but that was not our take. We left somewhat sad that an old standby may have seen its best days.
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