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bird & bottle inn-report (long)


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bird & bottle inn-report (long)

nancy | Oct 16, 2003 10:14 PM

hi. my husband and i went to the bird & bottle recently to celebrate our first anniversary. overall, we enjoyed the experience, although we found the service lacking.

but first, the food...
4 course brunch with a glass of champagne included:
me: baked brie with roasted garlic and apples as an appetizer (yum!), salad (standard as second course) with a great vinaigrette dressing, pan-seared salmon filet with roasted potatoes and asparagus as the entree, and sorbet for dessert. the brie appetizer was especially tasty.
husband: crab cake as an appetizer (actually advertised as "crab cakes," but there was only one, so i didn't taste it!), salad, lamb chops (tasty) with potatoes and asparagus, and a nice creme brulee for dessert. total bill came to $64 with tax and tip. not bad for at all for all that food, and it was pretty good.

as for the service, it was less than stellar. we arrived for our 12 pm reservation (they do 2 seatings, 12 & 2, for sunday brunch) and didn't receive our apps until close to 1. we didn't get our check until almost 3 pm, which is a little excessive, and it seemed as though there was too much time in between courses. and we weren't the only ones who felt this way-a diner at the next table complained several times at the waitress for his table's entrees, and we noticed people at other tables rolling their eyes as they waited for their courses. there seemed to be only one waitress for the room's 12 tables, and the busboys/girls were mostly high school students who, although very sweet and friendly, consistently forgot to fill our water glasses, etc.

overall, a good experience but i wouldn't rush back unless i had a whole afternoon to kill. it is nice and close to cold spring, which is a charming river town about 10 minutes from the inn. the inn itself is very quaint and the room has a fireplace that they reportedly start when the weather gets colder.

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