|Address:||108 Wade Rd, Pomfret, CT 06258, USA|
|Working:||Closed Closed Closed Closed 11AM–5PM 11AM–5PM 11AM–5PM|
Ive been several times to Sharpe Hill, and Ive yet to have a bad experience. To me the dining room is at its best on a spring or autumn day when its warm enough to open the windows and the door -- the restaurant is in a loft room. The seating is an eclectic mix of padded arm chairs and wooden seats. The seating is limited, and more conducive to very small groups. You will be very close to another table, but Ive never had an issue there with being bothered by anyone. Its not a place that lends itself to rowdy conversation, but its not dead silent either. I havent had an issue with the food at Sharpe Hill. Their presentation is usually lovely, and its really the type of restaurant where you should plan to spend a while to enjoy an Appetizer, a Meal and a Dessert with your coffee. The servers have always been polite, and are open to talking with you. You can usually see the same server the second time you visit, as they dont have a lot of change. My grandparents visit this place often, and they always tell me how their server asked about their grandchildren and remembers details from their previous visits. This is part of the service you are tipping for. Ive always enjoyed going there. My husband is not as fond. You will pay "Pomfret prices" for your meal. The theme of the restaurant is more high class country kitsch than high class modern restaurant. However it doesnt feel faded or tacky. The access to the restaurant is a semi-steep set of stairs. If you have severe trouble navigating stairs (wheelchair access, etc) there is no alternate entrance. In the summer they do have an open courtyard, usually for wine tastings, and may be able to serve your party there.
We have been coming to Sharpe Hill for years. We love the wines but we have been slowly getting annoyed at how they operate. First off having one barista do the entire patio and lawn area while I see five different people handle the restaurant is absurd. Also having caterpillars fall into wine glasses (which yes is an act of nature) but you then need umbrellas for each of the tables so we arent having them go down our shirts and into our snacks. We asked for an inside tasting and they said no. We did that because our allergies were awful (there were people in the inside tasting room when we arrived so it wasnt a crazy request). To top it off if you just want to enjoy a bottle or want to do a bottle after a tasting and enjoy it onsite they are charging you to do so. Thats right. They are charging you an additional $5 per bottle to drink onsite, FIVE dollars. What is that about?????????? Im blown away by this. Needless to say we might go to a local package store and purchase from there in the future because it is beyond me what management is thinking here.
Ive gone to Sharpe Hill three times and loved 2 of 3 times. The third time was for an important occassion. I ordered their filet mignon medium rare. A $30 steak came to me medium well so I sent it back. The owner of the vineyard came over, plopped this disgusting looking plate back down in front of me and said "this is our medium rare." I was astonished by her response that I couldnt even say anything! I was so upset she ruined my special occassion! I didnt order anything else and they did end up taking it off the bill, but they would have spent the same amount of money by cooking me another. I will NEVER go back there now and have told many people how rude and completely unprofessional the owner was. She has lost a few customers and my mother, who was with me and owns a liquor store, is not carrying their wine anymore. I hope shes proud of herself and likes to lose customers.
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I have been to Sharpe Hill for wine tastings several times, and today six of us came from about a 100-mile radius to meet here for lunch. The staff was attentive and pleasant, the wine was good, the decor was amusing, and the grounds were gorgeous. Each of us ordered a different meal. Everything was delicious, and our plates were beautifully garnished with fresh herbs from the garden. The location is a little remote, and one of our cars had trouble with GPS reception, then discovered that MapQuest hadnt found the full address and only took them as far as the center of Pomfret. Someone (the owner, I suspect, but she vanished before I could confirm) spent about 10 minutes trying to talk them in like an air traffic controller. By all means visit Sharpe Hill, but better use GoogleMaps!
This is one of our favorite restaurants. Their food is delicious with the wood burned stove flavor; the setting and décor is charming and the owners have such attention to detail from dishes chosen for everything served and the way the food is plated to the little herbs that accompany even the doggy bags. We recommend the Delmonico Steak and ask for the Bearnaise Sauce on the side. Also the Jamaican chicken and shrimp creole are delicious. And if you can sit by the fire that is the best. You really feel like you have been someplace special after a visit to Sharp Hill.
Was here for a tasting, bought the full 14 wine one, there was one person that was providing the wine for the tasting under the trees. This one person talked to everyone for 10-15 minutes per round of wine. Block off at least 3 hours if you intend on going here for a tasting. If going here just for the passport stamp, SKIP THIS ONE. The absurdly long time it takes to get a tasting at this vineyard wouldnt be quite as bad if they allowed outside food. Just sitting, waiting for Chatty Cathy to get around to pouring the next wine is painfully frustrating.
Restaurant was closed but they dont allow outside food nor do they sell food. Person performing the tasting was not knowledgeable about the wines. Person was also rude and didnt want to let me taste a wine on the menu because they were "almost out and you dont look like the type of person that would buy a bottle of it". The wine was mediocre at best. Left and Ill never go back. Plenty of amazing wineries in the area to visit.
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I agree with Jenifer, the owner, Katherine, is a bit much to handle. I actually always call ahead to make sure she isnt there before going in. I have seen her scolding other customers...making me TERRIFIED of not cleaning my plate when she is walking around, never mind sending it back.
The scenery is beautiful. The wines werent my favorite, a couple "sweet" ones, but mostly dry. The samples were very small versus the other wineries Ive been to and even in the area. The prices were high for how much you get in each sample. 6 samples for $10 seems excessive.
Weve been coming to Sharpe Hill over all the years theyve been serving meals. We have never been disappointed! Everything is a feast to the senses, done perfectly down to the last detail. Call way ahead for lunch/dinner reservations.
Two sides to Sharpe Hill: The restaurant is a fine dining experience with food that is out of this world. The Vineyard is a treat for anyone that enjoys wine. Take a walk to the top of the hill and see into three states.