Restaurant Review Roulette: Fearrington House

Greg Cox is reviewing The Fearrington House this Friday.  Greg Cox will award it 5 stars.  I need not even offer any odds this week, as it’s that good.

Any questions?


Edit, September 17, 2010: Wow, Greg Cox surprised me and gave Fearrington House only 4.5 stars.  Now some of you might say, “What’s the big deal between 4.5 and 5 stars?”  It’s a HUGE deal.  And it all came down to the service he received on his second visit to the place.  He had an overly friendly, but ultimately inattentive waiter.  A place like Fearrington should not have an “off” night, particularly when a couple is celebrating a wedding anniversary, as Cox was.  The service left Cox feeling cold, and he docked them a half star as a result.  It’s unfortunate for the restaurant, as Chef Colin Bedford’s food is amazing (and confirmed in Cox’s review).  I’m sure Jenny Fitch would not be happy one bit by this review, and I suspect there’s going to be some angst over in Pittsboro this morning.


11 Responses to Restaurant Review Roulette: Fearrington House

  1. NC Chevalier says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

  2. Erin says:

    Wanna babysit so Alan and I can go sometime? 😉

  3. burgeoningfoodie says:

    Had dinner here at the beginning of August. It was good, but I question the choice of the amuse and the aloofness of our hostess. Everything was tasty and seemed evenly paced. Though place was empty when we were there.

  4. Varmint says:

    My only concern is with the service. The food is top-notch, but the service in such a formal restaurant could come off as overly informal. To a fault.

  5. burgeoningfoodie says:

    The hostess we had just seemed very unpleasant like she had a bad day. I don’t question the quality of the food just the choice. I wonder in a head to head battle (ratings aside) who would win between Herons and Fearrington.. if both were at the top of their game.
    Almost all restaurants have off nights at some point.

  6. anon says:

    burgeoningfoodie: have you ever had a meal you truly enjoyed? I don’t think I’ve ever seen you simply praise a restaurant, chef, or meal. You always seem to have to find some flaw in everything.

  7. Alan says:

    @anon – agreed. To be honest, I couldn’t tell you about the host or hostess at any restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. They show you to your f’ing table for god’s sake. Talk about nitpicking.

  8. Gail says:

    @Alan, that is true when you’re going to Applebee’s, Chili’s or Red Lobster but when you are visiting one of the top restaurants you pay for and expect not only top notch food but top notch service. Service not only includes the wait staff but the host/hostess. In fact, they are very important to the experience because they are your first impression of the restaurant. If you have a bad or off feeling from the time you come in the door it can effect a special evening either positively or negatively. I think Mr. Cox was quite correct to base his rating on service and food because that is what a restaurant is all about.

  9. Alan says:

    @Gail, I don’t deny that service matters, and it matters more the more money one spends. Empty water glasses are a nearly impardonable sin at the fine dining level. My issue is with burgeoningfoodie’s somewhat disingenuous, and well after the fact, assertion that the host “seemed very unpleasant like she had a bad day”. What did this person do or say? If this was such an issue at the time and it impacted the meal so much then it should have been taken up with management immediately instead of anonymously posting a month or so later.

  10. burgeoningfoodie says:

    @anon – I believe I said the food was good and tasty and that service was evenly paced. Just trying to put the good with the bad.

    @Alan – I didn’t want to cause a scene as the day was something of a special event. I believe we left a note on the comment card which is what it is there for. Also, I made no mention of it impacting the meal, but it can start off things on a bad note.

  11. burgeoningfoodie says:

    Also I posted on here as the topic came up at this time.

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