As locals, we have dined in the three Bedford Springs restaurants, all of which are a nice place to bring guests and friends. The Frontier Tavern was perfect on a blustery winter evening. Seating is comfortable and eclectic - easy chairs, benches, bar stools, high tops. Staff is welcoming, professional and efficient. Menu is small but covers all the bases. Our "Ploughman's Board" appetizer was on the skimpy side (two bits of cheese, some comb honey, olives, eight crackers, small amounts of meats). The four meals varied in appeal. My husband enjoyed his steak and side salad. One guest raved over the grilled cheese on sourdough with tomatoes and bacon. Another had a lackluster grilled chicken sandwich. My fish and chips were disappointing: three triangle pieces of battered fish that could have come from my freezer (not that I ever buy fish this way), and the "homemade chips" were far too thick to have been served cold; they were chewy and tasteless. Two desserts were okay: a hand-crafted root beer float which included what was left from opening the bottle in a separate glass, and a small piece of Shoo Fly pie. Considering how close this is to the home of the genuine pie in Lancaster PA, we thought it should have been authentic and not a designer version of a classic. Four meals, two cocktails and two desserts came to $127 which is probably not out of line for the venue, but this is not what we consider a dining destination. Atmosphere was main factor in our enjoyable evening.
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