If anyone is planning on visiting the Sharpe Hill Vineyard in Pomfret, CT you should reconsider.
I was there last weekend with my family and visiting in-laws. It is a nice setting and we heard that they have very nice lunches. the setting was pretty and the menu looked good, although the lunch menu didn't have lunch items on it. The entrees were full dinner portions (i.e. 16 oz Delmonico Steak). We ordered a couple of bottles of wine and the 8 of us ordered 6 entrees (including 2 of the huge steaks) as well as a full cheese and fruit plate and a special appetizer of the day. We had mentioned that we were going to share the steak since it would be too much to have a 1 lb steak for lunch.
After 20 minutes the waitress came over and informed us that the owner would not allow us to share entrees! (?!). She said that we each needed to order a separate entree. This seemed a bit bizzare and we told her that we probably wouldn't have ordered the 2 appetizers and that nothing was indicated on the menu or when we ordered. She left and came back saying that the owner was insistent that we needed to order 2 more entrees or we needed to be charged an extra $30!
We asked to speak to the owner who came over with an attitiude and a very aggressive stance. We were all taken aback. She made racist and insulting remarks to my in-laws (who were asian) telling them that they may do this in Japan or elsewhere, but in this type of restaurant they only get "the type of people" who appreciate fine dinning and that maybe we should go to some other type of place and never come back!
Then she stormed off.
The whole situation was bizzare (embarassing for my guests ) and this woman clearly has some serious issues. When we tried to point out that it was not printed on the menu or told to us when we were ordering she shouted back, don't ever come back to my restaurant again.
Our waitress looked completely embarrassed and kept appologizing to us. We tipped her very well, since she actually tried to give us a good experience and we feel bad that she has to work for such a woman.
I can't imagine that she keeps employees very long or has returning customers. Anyway, I wanted to share this experience since it was so disturbing and there are plenty of other places and people who deserve your support and will help you have a nicer experience.