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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
$50 and over
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
Magnificent! We had the Vegetarian tasting menu. It i perhaps the most notable menu in the greater Washington DC area, and even further, and that includes even some of the more famous 'country' inns in the Virginia horse country. Truely world class. For this menu and presentation, one could and should travel far. And the option to stay the night, at a reasonable cost, after taking the superb matched wine flight, makes this an even more compelling candidate for consideration as the finest dining experience. (Certainly this is the case for the vegetarian, I heard great things about the 'regular' tasting menu, but we did not partake.)
I had dinner last night at the Ashby Inn. It was AMAZING. I actually think I should say that I “experienced” dinner at the Ashby Inn since it was so much more than eating great food. From the moment the first course arrived I knew I was in for a treat. Every plate was a work of art and our knowledgeable server carefully introduced us to each one. By the time she had finished, my fork was trembling with anticipation, and I was too. The lovely and cozy atmosphere on a winter’s night and the smooth professionalism of the staff just added to the perfection. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I was clearly on the receiving end of a coordinated masterpiece, from the artistry of the chef and the care of the sommelier to the beautifully synchronized arrival and departure of the plates! I’ll be back.
I was hesitant to book on Christmas Eve. We ate there many years ago and it was great. New owners apparently have kept things going. It was a nice evening with attentive service, we’ll prepared and presented dishes, albeit small proportions.
Quality not quantity - which is just what I like. Spare me the large portions of mediocre tasting dishes. Give me something I can’t make at home please.
Charming accommodations, rich with historic features. Out of the way but a great place for a special dinning experience.
An intimate inn set in a lovely village with an adjacent Apothecary worth visiting.
Service was way beyond expectation. The 4 of us were served simultaneously by 4 servers in a move that seemed choreographed. The menu was very local and creative and included items seldom found . Everyone praised their meal and wanted a taste of what each of us had ordered.
The Ashby Inn was so quaint and comfortable while still offering luxury product in a country setting. My date and I had a lovely brunch with delightful wine and a delicious meal. The entire staff was gracious and knowledgeable. Our waiter Rory went above and beyond his duties to make us feel welcome and special. The extensive wine list was impressive and the sommelier extremely helpful.
The Chef's food was flavorful, seasonal and delectable! Can't wait to make it back for another visit!
My friends and I had an absolutely delightful lunch at the Ashby Inn. We gather for lunch frequently, and this was one of the best lunches we have ever had. The staff was extraordinarily friendly, and the beauty of the countryside made for a wonderful drive.
Location is 45 miles from DC but a world away. A lovely old inn in a breathtakingly beautiful valley. Food was delicious. Creative twists on traditional dishes that were seasonally appropriate. Fixed price lunch was well worth the $75 per person. Service was a bit confused (twice dishes for our table were brought to the neighboring table) and our Russian server was a bit abrupt, but may have been a language issue. Overall highly recommend and will return.
Overall our dinner was extremely disappointing as we were celebrating a birthday. A dinner for three, with one glass of wine, one cocktail and one beer cost more than $350 - and my wife hardly ate a bite, it was so bad. Even the bread wasn't appropriate for dinner and may have been leftover from breakfast (one type was sweet with cream filling; the other however was stale and tasted unsalted). Our veal dish was one of these deconstructed dishes with bites scattered around a large platter - and it was stone cold by the time we received it (we surmised because it took so long to "arrange"). The accompanying garnishes for the veal of apple and vegetable amounted to a bite of each. A fish appetizer was icy and tasted very "fishy". Incredibly disappointing in any context but especially for the price! We will never return nor recommend it. Beware.
My wife and I dined at the Ashby Inn for our 29th wedding anniversary. We really had fun. Great and interesting food, great service. A bit of a food adventure. They bring out canapes, amuse bouches, palette cleansers, and the like, which adds to the fun and interest. It's got some of the same style and approach as the Inn at Little Washington.
One or two items may have suffered from being a little chilled, i.e. prepped early and kept chilled. Over chilling can mute flavors. The pork terrine was really tasty and well served, but a little dense. Maybe terrines are normally, I don't have a lot of terrine experience.
First off, great restaurant and always a pleasure to dine. Lovely place, nice service and creative dishes that are indeed fit for foodies.
Couple of recent wrinkles:
1. The newest menu begins at a two course $60 prix fixe. There are no small plate or app options outside this minimum. For someone who is a very light eater, this is a bit of an issue.
2. We made early reservations and arrived to an empty restaurant. Rather than being seated, we were told that they were getting ready for a few very large groups and would we mind waiting in the bar area? Not a problem, but we soon realized this was being suggested for every table. There were no large parties. I don't mind the desire to drive up bar revenue but I do mind dishonesty.
3. I have a very severe nut allergy and was pleased that my allergy profile is on record. Our server greeted us to review and make well informed suggestions . Super! I reiterated that my most severe reaction would come with a hazelnut; prolific on the menu. She double checked with the chef and I happily chose one of the entrees recommended.
It arrived with tiny swirls of cream, not identified by the servers explanation of the presentation.
with further questioning our server dashed back to the kitchen to confirm it was indeed hazelnut. My oh my.
I was not comfortable eating the replacement plate, fearing the expensive contaminated protein might have been replated. My husband enjoyed two dinners.
We likely won't return. The care and attention is all fabulous, the food is creative and beautifully plated but just too complex for someone with a nut allergy. Unfortunately, there are no simple options on the menu.
Can't recommend this lovely restaurant for those with allergies.
Great dining experience! The staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable about the food. The food was unique, creative and full of flavor. We each did a 3 course dinner, and we sampled from each other's plates...each was distinct, delicate and "full bodied." The desserts were amazing, offering subtle sweetness.
We were delighted to squeeze in a drive to Ashby Inn in the country before the Fall color faded. An al fresco brunch was made possible with the addition of space heaters & plastic sides on the patio. As always, we were warmly greeted by staff & soon I was sipping my brut rose as we enjoyed the garden from our corner table. Warm bread with sweet butter sprinkled with sea salt, then appetizers: smoked trout rillettes were smaller than anticipated but the butternut squash soup presentation was perfect. Now if the Apothecary would start selling the gorgeous pottery bowls! Barry chose the pork sandwich while I claimed the flank steak. I asked for it to be prepared medium rare. Our very nice waitress informed us that it was always cooked to medium. (the surprise was to get the dish entirely RARE!). We both had the chocolate mousse dome & cappuccinos. A lovely way to start our weekend!
From start to finish the Ashby Inn was an excellent way to spend our 30th wedding anniversary. It had been many years since we made the trek to Paris, VA. It makes for an excellent conversation starter when you tell your friends and coworkers you are going to Paris for dinner!
We were aware of a new chef taking over the kitchen earlier in the year and he and his team did not disappoint from the assorted canapés (pictured below is the fig with blue cheese creme fraiche) which come to the table just as you sit down, to the excellent mushroom salad with Burgundy black truffles the likes that you have never tasted before (sun chokes puree, Burgundy black truffles, pistachio dried foam cake, neberdini, shiitake and black trumpet mushrooms, 9 grain crumble, kale, pickled red onions and roasted sun chokes) all the way through to dessert, each dish was full of surprises and ingredients you do not expect that accent the food like a hand fits a glove. Who would have ever thought that a steak entree could be presented so beautifully that the steak becomes just one part the adventure?
The team at the Ashby take each dish into new creative directions that surprise and delight and puts the Ashby Inn in the rarefied air of great meals and must be seen and tasted to believe.
The wine list is excellent and reasonably priced as is the dinner and is well worth the drive out I66 to route 17 and Paris. We went on a weekday and spent time in Winchester, VA (15 mins from Paris) to get ahead of the rush hour for a 5:30pm reservation.
We have stayed and eaten at the Ashby in several times and I come away feeling the same way each time. Its good but not great. Our server mentioned that the chef had been there for about a year. I get the sense that he/she was striving for culinary greatness but produced dishes that were overly complex and not totally satisfying. I had the mushroom salad with, pistachio and a sun choke puree...the puree was way too cold and the mushroom were mushy. I had the pork tenderloin with a grit cake...the grit cake was the best thing I ate there...the pork was good, not great. My wife had the pork terrine and the rib eye...the former was bland but the rib eye was great....so you get the picture good but not great....I bet if they simplified the preparations it would be awesome....Bonnie and Stu were great and on a beautiful fall day in horse country...how can you complain!
We love the setting and the country elegance of the Ashby Inn. Our room in the Schoolhouse had a lovely view, a porch, and a fireplace. Perfect for an autumn evening. The restaurant is outstanding, offering a tasting menu with exquisite choices and lovely touches in between. The sommelier was informative and attentive. What a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary!
Great seasonal food selection with many items from local purveyors. Beautifully presented. Extensive wine list- maybe too extensive ; and many, very expensive.
Lovely gardens in back for cocktail before dinner. Pleasant weather can choose to dine in an semi-enclosed patio.
Wait staff will check often.
Drive to country and enjoy.
A potential future inn at little washington. super food, creative recipes and presentations, luxurious touches. just one nit: servers please do not use “we” and “our” concerning the meal etc—you are not partaking nor the queen of england. otherwise, plan to go often as i can—terrific!
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