The Dining Room at the Norwich inn is not listed separately as a restaurant, which it should be as it is the flagship of this popular inn on the main street of this quaint Vermont town, just across the Connecticut River from Hanover, New Hampshire. The Ale House at the Inn is separate;y listed, but is not the subject of this review. One wants to like the Dining Room - the inn is welcoming and nicely appointed, but its principal dining venue is a vast disappointment. As a fine dining venue, it should feature white table cloths, which it had at one time, and all that goes with that, but they are gone and now you see a polished faux wood surface and that in itself should have warned me off. The bill for dinner for my wife and I came to $130, with tip, and was worth no where near that. A Caesar Salad appetizer was truly pathetic. A plate full of iceberg lettuce shreds and a pallid mess of an unflavorful dresing. No zip, no nothing. And he croutons were cubes of impenetrably hard toast. Tooth breakers. A saffron sauced seafood over polenta main dish was OK. Just OK and at $22 was not worth the price. Wines by the glass (we had a total of three) were limited in choice and unimaginative. My wife's main course of short ribs was fatty and awash in a tasteless gravy. The only redeeming part of this not to be repeated experience was the profiteroles for dessert, but the portions were so large as to diminish the effect as wellas the end of meal appetite. The chocolate sauce on a bed of vanilla ice cream had congealed into a crust that was not easily maneuvered by fork or spoon. One portion would have easily sufficed for two people. All very disappointing in what could, with not a great deal of effort, be true fine dining location. Grade: F. We live in the area and will not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Norwich Inn is a historic, full-service Vermont country inn located in Norwich, near Dartmouth College, just across the river from Hanover, New Hampshire. An Inn has been on the Main Street site since 1797; the current Victorian Structure since 1890. This Dartmouth hotel is proud to offer 40 guest rooms, a Pub & Dining Room known as Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse and a Microbrewery featuring hand-crafted English Ales, sold only on site. We are proud to offer one of the largest wine selections in Vermont, housed in our new Wine Cellar, which is also available for private parties. Local legend has it that the Inn and the Town were the inspiration behind the popular TV Show, “Newhart,” which was set in Norwich. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Norwich Hotel Norwich