We had eaten here on New Year's Eve for lunch and had a great meal. Brought my in-laws for lunch and instead of the homemade biscuits that we had previously, we were given rolls. We questioned our server and he said that Sunday, 1/21, would be the last day they would be open and the biscuits were gone. There was no indication whatsoever that they were closing on the website nor their Facebook page. On Monday, on the Fearrington FB page, there was a letter stating that The Granary was closing and that a deli type of eatery was moving across the way to take it's place.
Sorry to hear it is closing. it has been a favorite for years.
It was absolutely perfect, could not have been better. From the minute we walked in the front door everyone took excellent care of us for our group of five special "surprise" occasion. Our server was wonderful, food was the best, we must have had the best table in the place, in a sunny room by a window overlooking the famous belted cows and belted goats. It was an occasion we will never forget. Thank you, thank you so very much.
Food was good. Drinks were ok - nothing special. Service was good, a bit slow considering the place wasn’t that packed. Loved their burger and the Brussels sprouts are to die for!
We were dining at the Granary for brunch. Our server was attentive and our meals were served reasonably promptly. Unfortunately, the warm portions of each of our entrees arrived at nearly room temperature. It seemed like our entrees had been sitting out for a while before they were served. Nevertheless, the entrees were tasty.
George's Bloody Mary's were paired well with some of the items on the new fall menu. The cauliflower soup was superb and those awesome biscuits were the perfect accompaniment. The eggs Benedict with salmon needed a bit more Hollandaise for my taste but the eggs were perfectly poached and delicious. Lunch at the Granary is always relaxing and enjoyable.
Our group of four thought:
The shrimp and grits was good, not as good as Crooks in Chapel Hill.
Mussels pretty good, nice broth, good bread
Twice baked soufflée quite good, nice bread (like a brioche)
Oyster salad: Avoid, I would not get this again. Salad part was ok but the oysters were encased in a brittle greasy tasteless cocoon and the actual oysters seemed to have disappeared pretty much, not much left, maybe from so much cooking to make the fancy crisp cocoon.
We were served butter but no bread, not sure why. Maybe you have to pay extra for bread.
Outstanding food - the shrimp & grits is the BEST we've ever had, anywhere. House wine (red) was really excellent as well. Short wait for meal, a little noisy but acceptable.
It was thanksgiving lunch, so turkey and all the food was average , certainly not gourmet the turkey itself was fine the sides dish were mediocre, dry mac and cheese, super dry brussels sprouts
Great ambiance , food and service. Nice get together location for lunch and shopping.
Generally pleasant, the only practical spot for lunch at Fearrington Village. Service is good. The food is under seasoned but otherwise fine.
The handmade biscuits with soft butter were Wonderful!
Our first visit was great, this second one, not as much. Service was leisurely the first time, this time downright slow. Our waiter was also the bartender and the fact that he was doing double duty was reflected in the timeliness of service. He did the best he could, and I don't fault him for the service issues. The food was generally good. The shrimp and grits a big hit with my son-in-law. Huge portion that he couldn't finish (and we're talking football player with football-player appetite), but he loved every bite. My husband said the Granary burger was a big disappointment; overcooked and not flavorful. Everything else was fresh and well prepared. We had a toddler in our party and the staff was very patient with his toddler-ness, although we did have to ask twice for a high chair. I wish I could to give more than 2 stars for service, because the waitstaff are all pros, but there is clearly a problem with staffing or workflow - or something.
As an aside, the farm at the village is a super place to bring little kids; our grandson was enthralled with the goats and cows.
Average service and food
Beware of the electric fence around the grounds. Not clearly labeled and my 5 year old got zapped
Food took an hour from order to delivery with no explanation or apology. Some dishes were cold (that shouldn't have been.)
It is a nice place, just very expensive for what you get. Not very gluten free friendly.
It was a wonderful lunch for us at open terrace in The Granary. I definitely recommend my friend s to go there and enjoy dining with nice atmosphere. Thank you very much.
Overall we had a nice meal as a family however we will probably not be back which is disappointing because it is a good halfway point for our family to meet between Raleigh and Greensboro. We were seated in a room which we ended up being the only ones in which was nice for a family birthday. Half of us enjoyed our meals which were mostly the burgers, the others thought their meals were okay saying it was either too rich or too bland which included shrimp and grits, eggs Benedict, and fish and chips. However, nothing was spectacular. The biggest complaint was SLOW SERVICE. I mean, incredibly slow. Every single part of the meal, drinks, ordering food, waiting for food, waiting for the check, we were there well over two hours because of how slow the service was. Also, I put on my reservation this was a birthday and every other restaurant usually does something, anything, to acknowledge the occasion but this one did not.
Make sure you don't make a reservation for Sunday brunch earlier than 11 a.m., even if OpenTable says there are earlier time slots. I have eaten here before and been pretty satisfied with the food and service. This time, the person I was with did not enjoy her food. Service was not up to par. We waited 1/2 hour for the restaurant to open (after having arrived for a 10:30 reservation), and were not offered water. The outdoor environment is very pleasant and quiet - indoors is noisier.
The people managing the seating on a busy Sunday were very good & accommodated our request for a table near a window. The eggs benedict w/bacon was perfectly done, perfect temperature & salads were very fresh. Space is open and airy. The surrounding gardens, bookstore, and scenic places to walk make this a lovely place for a family excursion.
My friend and I waited for almost 10 minutes before being greeted by anyone. This would not have been an issue if 2 staff members had not been within 2 feet of us. We also waited longer than anyone around us to receive our food (even folks who were seated 10-15 minutes after us). The food was tasty and I appreciate the focus on vegetables in many of the dishes. Overall the food was tasty but I felt unwelcome in several ways.
First visit to The Granary. Great food and outstanding service.
The chef prepares food that is somewhat unique. We were there for brunch but have also had many lunches there as well. I had a crepe with pulled chicken, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes and 2 perfectly prepared eggs on top of the crepe. Plate also came with field greens with a light dressing. The flavors were perfect. My husband had a waffle that was also perfectly prepared.
The Granary is improving, I am happy to report. A number of years ago we used to enjoy The Granary; however, in the last year or so, the quality of food and service had slipped miserably and we vowed not to return. On Sunday we decided to give The Granary another chance. As the restaurant now only serves lunch 5 days a week, they appear to have returned the emphasis to food and service. There were still some miscues, but on the whole a much better dining experience. Chefs mac and cheese and poached eggs were spot on. However, the 'home fry wedges' served with poached eggs were cold as was the hollandaise sauce served with eggs was lukewarm at best. Services was attentive throughout the meal-until we wanted our check-then we couldn't find a server.
Server was very good, and attentive without hovering.
Food was delicious.
The coconut cake, had a good flavor, but was too dense for me. Took it to work, where the recipient said it was delicious.
Great job by others who stopped by with bev refill, etc
Beet Soup was the best
I visited the Granary on a Saturday for a birthday lunch with 2 others. The main dining room is small and slightly cramped; otherwise it is a charming little lunch spot. We had reservations and were seated promptly. There was a large table in the back who were very noisy. During the middle of the meal, another group with 5 small children came in and took up almost the entire bar area. There are tables outside and in other areas of the restaurant which hopefully were more quiet. The chicken salad was bland and lacked any real hint of rosemary. One guest had the shrimp and grits and said it was very good. The biscuits, homemade butter, and jam they bring before the meal were fantastic, they were the real stars. The coconut cake was also good. It was more dense than other recipes and the lemon curd was unexpected but not bad. One slice was enough for 3 people to share. Our server, George, was personable and attentive and the service was great. We enjoyed our meal but I am not sure I would make a special trip just to eat there again.
We had brunch at the Granary in the beautiful outdoor garden on a perfectly beautiful Sunday morning. Our waiter Brian was exceptional. We had my 5 year old Granddaughter with us who was very hungry. We asked our waiter to rush her order and he was pleasantly responsive and had her meal to her in 5 min. This was so important to our ability to relax, enjoy our beverages and have a pleasant conversation. Our meals were delicious. We all had the salad nicoise which was both well prepared and generous in size. Biscuits were complementary and very fresh and tasty. If you are looking for a lovely garden to have a satisfying brunch with great service head to the Fearrington Granary
Please bring the pork sandwich back! It is my favorite dish there! Yes I still love shrimp and grits, and the salmon salad. And I was pleasantly surprised the biscuit they stated to offer 2 wks ago. The homemade butter and ginger orange ( I think) jam paired so well. The butter just melts on the biscuit and top with citrus and slightly spiced ginger flavor. The waiter George is excellent, we were fortunate to have his company for couple times now.
About every 3-4 months our group of friends makes the trek from Fuquay Varina to The Granary at Fearrington to dig into their outstanding Mussels, Oysters and seasonal specials. Service has always been good until this last trip. Our waiter was Mr. Negativity..."sorry we don't do that but I'll check" or his response when I said this wine is a little too tart for me, he said "Sorry!" before I could finish my sentence. Anyway, this was experience was rare and it will not keep us from returning again in a few months. I'm sure he will not be there when we go again as Fearrington's standards will cull staff that are not the epitomy of good customer service.
Really good food, good service and way way way too noisy.
The crepe du jour was on a bed of sauteed asparagus, fennel and red bell pepper, contained two crabcakes and was topped with two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. The fried pork sandwich was also a great success.
Nothing in the restaurant is designed to ameliorate the incessant chatter of diners.
We had a great afternoon at Fearrington Village that was topped off by dinner at the Granary. I should say I have not eaten at the Fearrington House restaurant, but I doubt it could be any better than what we experienced at the Granary. I had the hanger steak and my wife had chicken. The broccolini and mac & cheese hers came with were outstanding, as were the potatoes that came with mine. Both of the meats were cooked perfectly.
I can honestly say I have never experienced that level of quality of food, service, and ambience for anywhere near the price. We walked out for much less that $100 with entrees, wine/beer and dessert, but it felt like it should have been much pricier. We will absolutely go back.
I haven't had such a pleasant lunch with a group (7) of friends in ages! The ambience was perfect--quiet, calm, attractive. The food was imaginative and delicious. The service was spectacular. Our waiter took a great deal of time to explain the most popular dishes and to answer lots of questions. Thank you, Granary for a delightful dining experience
Delicious dinner at The Granary. Grilled salmon with fresh asparagus, peas, and cucumber was out of this world. My husband chose the lamb and polenta, also delicious. We are staying at the Fearrington Inn, and are looking forward to a return visit to The Granary.
Everything was great. Will return soon with friends.
The grounds are beautiful, food is good, and it's fun to see the cows and goats right outside. Love it!
It is so nice to go to a one-of-a-kind restaurant. The building is unique and cozy. The menu is fine, but many of us would enjoy an update which would include dairy-free, vegetarian (or just more veggies in general), and vegan choices. The wait staff has always been great. We hope that this jewel stays around for a long time.
Very nice evening and meal. We had a few cocktails outside the Goat, listening to someone playing acoustical guitar and then moved inside to the Granary for dinner. Overall, the meal was very good. We had a very attentive waiter and mostly our food was excellent. My husband got pasta, and although it is made from scratch on site, he mentioned it was not very flavorful. The atmosphere was good. I would recommend the Granary to others, especially on a cooler night when you could sit outside on the patio amidst a beautiful garden.
We love the Granary. Great place (nearby) for dinner. Great food and lovely patio. So disappointed that they will no longer be open for dinner. This was our "farewell" trip.
We went for brunch (2 adults and 2 kids) and had a great experience. Service was wonderful and food delicious. My husband had the Shrimp & Grits which was amazing. I went with the specials - gazpacho and seasonal crepe - and they did not disappoint. We will definitely go back again. Note - the brunch bill has not yet reached Chatham County, so you can't get that Bloody Mary or mimosa before 12 pm. Our reservation was at 11:30 and our server was very good about watching for the clock to strike 12 - our drinks came to the table at 12:02!