Checked out the place tonight on their opening weekend. We have waited a long time after many years of inconsistency, disappointment, poor service, and lacto-baccillus infested beer and beer lines at the (former) General Lafayette Inn in Lafayette Hill. I still can't believe how hard a time they had doing something that just had to be decent to be successful.
We have watched the abandoned micro just sit there for years.
So we came again to the reborn Barren Hill, just hoping for decent, and we were happily surprised.
Tried two of the local beers: Biere de Octobre (a Farmouse ale take on Octoberfest), and the Edel Helles. Both were fresh, true to style, and very well done.
We had a sampling of the food across the menu among us. Everything was fresh, flavorful, and well presented. Forest and Main still holds the vote for the best in the area on Fries, but theirs were still good.
For good measure, our waitress brought over a free tasting of Baltic Porter. It was a small but very nice gesture that is just good business. The service was good, and they have ample servers, runners and bussers to keep things moving.
Clearly, the owners' previous legacy with Manayunk taverns and pubs shows through; they know how to run a bar/tavern.
If they can just keep it up, it should be a no brainer.