We keep reading all this "new chef" talk and how the place has gone downhill (or gone uphill) or just isn't the same, etc., etc., etc. We scratch our heads and wonder what is going on? As best as we can tell, we have enjoyed meals there that were prepared under the guidance of Executive Chefs Leo Kremer, James Ott and Chris Frothingham. Every meal has been damn near perfect and I would be hard-pressed to differentiate one executive chef's supervision from the other... but maybe we just haven't been paying close enough attention. We just enjoy our Colonial Inn meals and don't try to second guess who prepared them.
I will say that our last meal there was exceptionally good... totally outstanding. I always go for the pot roast while my wife likes to try the various specials. For me, the pot roast is just too darn good to pass up. It's a near-religious experience for me. It beats the pot roast prepared anywhere else we have visited. In fact, it's not even a contest.
Service is usually very good, but it can vary a bit depending on which room you choose, how busy they are when you arrive, the change in shifts and which server you happen to get. That doesn't bother us at all but I can appreciate that others in a hurry might be unhappy if service is not fast enough. This is not a place to stop at if you are in a big rush. This is a place to take it slow and easy and thoroughly enjoy the wonderful historic inn atmosphere.
Highly recommended by us, this is one of our "Top 5" restaurants for an enjoyable evening out. We only wish it were a whole lot closer to home.