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About The Ashby Inn
The Ashby Inn & Restaurant is fully committed to supporting the farmers and artisans that live and work in this region. Our menus represent the freshest, seasonal products that can be sourced locally from sustainable operations. The offerings will change daily in concert with what our local farmers and nature provide. Our pledge to you is to provide a quality dining experience founded on food and drink from sources we know and trust.
Paris, VA 20130
Contemporary American, Organic, Vegetarian / Vegan
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Friday 11:30am - 1:30pm; Saturday & Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday 5:30pm - 9:00pm; The restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Please note on holidays our hours change.
Route 50 & Route 17
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
Live music on Friday evenings during special summer hours on the terrace. Please check our website for details. www.ashbyinn.com
Parking is private and located just a few steps from the inn.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
The Ashby Inn Ratings and Reviews
The setting is lovely. But that's about where it ended for us. We were seated and then given time to peruse the menu. My husband wanted the veg tasting menu, and I wanted to order from the main menu. But, we were told if one person wants the tasting menu, the entire table has to order it. (We should've been told this when we were seated and it should be written in the menu.)
The food was ok. My pumpkin soup was good, but the addition of a chickpea ball or fritter detracted. I got the pork tenderloin (unexceptional) with octopus (fishy). My husband got the ribeye--nice sauce, but flavorless meat. The desserts were different. I ordered the cheese plate, and the selections were outstanding. My husband said his chocolate mousse was maybe the best he's ever had. (If we were dessert people, maybe this would carry more weight.)
Overall, for the price, I'd expect much better food. And I've only one other time done a tasting menu where there was a rule that the whole table had to do it. It was annoying then, too, but they at least told us before we made our initial choices. So: Good service + only ok food + inflexibility = "fair", which = 2 stars.
Beautiful setting with opportunity to walk in the garden before and after our meal. Excellent food overall with one dish introducing me to a new type of fish I'd never heard of before. The chicken (from a local farm) salad was the only course that wasn't outstanding, but still it was tasty. The chocolate mousse with hazlenut icecream was my favorite from the six courses the two of us ordered for our lunch. Loved the homemade butter that accompanied the french bread.
I have been a devoted patron of the Ashby Inn for more than two decades, practically from the day that it opened. I am never, ever been disappointed. The menu regularly changes with new gastronomical masterpieces, beautifully presented. Very attentive service, and a real expert on wines. Try some of his picks for VA wines rather than the usual french or california wines. (There is also a relatively nearby distillery that makes a beautiful rye whiskey, 75% rye, 25% malted barely in the Scotch mode). The AI "mixologist" must have a Phd in chemistry. Each time there is a new variation on classic drinks. All delicious, including the 1900 variation of the Sazerac with absinthe and a sugar cube on a spoon to "mellow" the absinthe. Or an improved Manhattan .Time machine.
Only about an hour from DC. You can stay over if you wish. The AI sits at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains. Spectacular scenery, and the shenandoah river and valley 10 minutes away. Paris constantly changed hands in the War Between the States The ghost of Stonewall Jackson, on his way to the first battle of Manassas or Bull Run, depending upon your religious persuasion, spent the night in front of the AI with his troops. He stood guard so they could sleep. Marquis de Lafayette visited Paris on his victory tour of the revolutionary war. the house still stands sentinal to the Ashby Gap in the BR This is not all of thee historic, but I am out of space.
We were visiting the area and took a friend. I wanted to go back and just take photographs of all the nooks and crannies, the stairwells and multiple intimate rooms! The ambience was amazing!! The service was wonderful. It was pricier that we were expecting, but everything that went into our mouths just melted with deliciousness!! The combinations of flavors was not anything I have ever experienced!! If I were back in the area, I would want to go again!!
Always a joy to drive out to Paris for an outdoor brunch @ The Ashby Inn. They saved our favorite table with a view of their beautiful gardens. Stuart recommended a nice brut rose Grande Cru to enjoy with the warm bread & sweet butter sprinkled w/ sea salt. Barry had a pastrami dish to start & I had a deconstructed squash soup. They pour the liquid portion into the bowl at the table, so a show is included. We had a new waitress who was very friendly & informed. My entrée was a chicken salad w/ green goddess dressing. Barry had a pig jowl Benedict. We were disappointed that there was no chocolate dessert on the menu (again!!!) But they produced a special chocolate-ginger mousse in a dome surrounded by paper thin pear slices & toasted hazelnuts (ala mode). I ordered the cheese plate. 5 cheeses, tomato jam & micro-greens served with crackers. We both had cappuccinos served with rock candy stirrers. We highly recommend this slice of heaven for a Sunday afternoon!
Our visit was unfortunately pretty bad compared to our dining experience here about a year ago. We did the six course menu with wine pairings and were very underwhelmed with both the food and wine. We didn't ask if they are under new management or have a new chef, but after our fabulous visit a year ago we were really disappointed with our meals. So, sadly we won't be back to this otherwise very pretty & charming restaraunt.
The Inn is going for high quality Michelin star level of dining. The place is beautiful. It id the preset menu with or without wing pairing. I went with my Dad and two daughters. Two of us had the excellent dishes. The chicken and the steak were fantastic. My daughter had the salmon and felt it was not seasoned well and though good, not the best. My father had the scallops and thought they were simply ok. He tasted the salmon and agreed with my daughters assessment. My father has eaten all over the world and has a fairly good pallet. I believe the Inn can improve and I hope they do so the money spent os completely worth it.
The Ashby Inn was the perfect setting for our romantic 37th anniversary dinner. We sat outside and watched the sun set slowly, as the waiters served us our spectacular and delicious meal. Served, I might add, correctly -- from the left -- and the plates taken from the right. I can't recall the last time I saw table service like that, many many years. The sommelier was perfect -- we couldn't agree on a wine, so he sold us 2 half bottles and each was delightful. Especially at this time in history -- summer 2017 -- this was a much-needed time away from DC stressors and a memory to be cherished for the next 37 years.
Been visiting the Ashly Inn for 15 years. It's always had good chefs, but the latest may be the best yet. Locally sourced new American at it's finest, with a bit of a Southern touch, on a fairy tale terrace overlooking the Shenandoah foothills. We stayed over and the morning breakfast was just as good. A little gem!
Probably one of the bests views from a restaurant in any place in the DMV. However, that all didn't matter when you add terrible service. The story is the usual "we were seated first and 3 groups that came in after us were all served before us", or , "they poured our water then a 10 minute wait; they took our drink order, then a 10 minute wait, they finally took our main order and a 15 minute wait." And so forth. They never came over to ask if we wanted dessert and I finally had to get up and physically walk into the Inn to find someone to ask for the check. They were never apologetic and didn't seemed stress. It seemed they just didn't care. Food was very good and the view from the outside covered patio is stunning. What a shame they couldn't bring the service up to the level of the scenery.
We first visited The Ashby to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We ordered the Chef's tasting menu, including wine pairings. The food was outstanding, reflective of extraordinary creativity, the wine pairings well chosen and the service impeccable. I would have given it five stars but for the fact that we thought the portions were too small. Small portions are to be expected in a tasting menu, but here some of the courses approached the size of the (excellent) amuse-bouche. Nevertheless, we will definitely return.
Each visit to The Ashby Inn gets more impressive! The staff (especially the sommelier, Stuart, and our young waitress) welcomed us warmly, took time to chat without ignoring their other tables, etc. This chef is very good (if only he'd serve the Sticky Toffee Pudding w/ English custard & more caramel sauce!) Loved the individual bottles of Hillinger sparkling rose from Austria. My Gazpacho was gorgeous & delicious. Barry's chicken liver pate was amazing. His Ashby burger was great but messy (a coating of butter on the bun would prevent sogginess from the pesto). I had expected delicate Swedish pancakes when the menu said "Lemon & ricotta". I received 3 big, dense pancakes topped with a yummy blueberry compote. The lemon curd was merely a drizzle around the plate. So I had to ask for another small pitcher of syrup (which would be better served warm). I wish the lemon curd had been a layer between the pancakes (2 would be sufficient). It was outstanding nonetheless. My dessert was the Sable Breton, a beautiful presentation & very good. Barry was disappointed that the menu had no dark chocolate dish but liked his Sticky Toffee Pudding. Always lovely to sit on the patio overlooking the wonderful garden. The weather cooperated, too!
A truly wonder meal at the Ashby Inn. A simply excellent meal superbly created and presented, combined with the comfortable ambiance of this country inn. 2 or 3 courses with four or five choices for each course. The waitress explained the extensive list of ingredients some in very exotic combinations. The accompanying selection or should I say an exhaustive list of US and international wines make this a meal to be savored and remembered. Try it and you will not be disappointed. The British Chef has much to be proud of as he and his team have worked very hard to create this experience.
I visited the Ashby Inn with two neighbors who have long followed the restaurant scene in the Washington, D.C. area, and are discriminating in their tastes. It was a picture-perfect day to lunch out on the courtyard patio and drink in the background scenery of flowering gardens, rolling green meadows, and mountains. The staff was professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. The food was heavenly— a combination of flavors that were pleasingly complex while others were soothingly familiar. A vegetable medley with a variety of colors and spices perfectly complemented our shrimp and grits. Following lunch, both friends said they were eager to return here with other friends and family. It is the ideal place to celebrate special occasions.
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