About The English Inn

•Distinguished Restaurants of North America(DiRōNa) award winner
•An award winning wine list
•Authentic English pub on the garden level
•Alfresco dining on our terrace during the summer months
•Live pianist playing dinner music on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays
• Major Credit Cards Accepted
• Reservations recommended
•Winner of Lansing’s Best of the Best Award
•The English Inn is a non-smoking facility
•Private Dining rooms available

677 South Michigan Road
Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, French, British

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm

Dinner: Sunday: 12:00pm - 7:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
South of Columbia Hwy.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(517) 663-2500

Website:
http://www.englishinn.com/

Entertainment:
Live pianist during Dinner Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Parking Details:
You will find three parking lots, each in very close proximity to our main building.

Private Party Facilities:
We offer four distinct dining rooms for private dining (2-55 guests) as well as our Medovue Ballroom with capacity for 200 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Adriana Flynn: (517) 663-2500

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The English Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (19)
Cozy (18)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Notable Wine List (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Business Meals (9)
Scenic View (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Authentic (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Waterfront (2)
Vegan (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

I took my wife to the English Inn for Valentine’s Day. It was our first visit, but it certainly will not be our last. The food was amazing, the service was second to none, it was wonderful experience to be able to have dinner with her someplace and not have to fight noise and be distracted by TVs on the wall. My only regret is that we hadn’t visited sooner.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful food, impeccable service in a very unique grand setting. Be sure to have a drink in the basement pub!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The menu is very limited. There is no chicken on the menu at all. So if you’re not a meat or seafood eater this is not the place for you. Food was wonderful and so was the service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Detroit)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Four of us went to The English Inn for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Overall, I love this place, but I'd say this was not our best visit. This mansion has old world charm. It's very romantic in a classic way. Lots of wood, rich colors, something that reminds one of Europe. We were greeted upon entry. They took our coats and were promptly seated. Server was very polite, nice, but maybe a bit too formal for me. Otherwise, she was very attentive and knowledgeable. Wine, beer, and cocktail list is robust. Would have been nice to have menus prior to ordering our first round so we could see the craft cocktails and other options available besides wine by the glass and beer. Food here tends to offer many of the classics. The menu has always been consistently good with a nice mix of steaks, fish, poultry, lamb and fowl. My wife ordered the lobster stuffed walleye with lemon risotto, house salad and lobster bisque. Her meal was very good. I tried the French onion soup and would say that it was just OK, not worth the $7 I paid for it. Broth wasn't as rich as it should be. House salads were fresh and tasty. The dressing is very light so you may want to ask for extra if you're into that, but most of us liked it as is. The rest of us ordered filet mignon in varying preparations which were all cooked properly. Good quality cuts, tender and delicious. Presentation was nicely done all the way around. Food came out hot. Was paced nicely. We never felt rushed.

My only real drawbacks to the night were the portion sizes being a bit small for the price. The filet Oscar didn't exactly have a lot of crab and could have had more sauce. My friend ordered a Tito's and soda and it came out with tonic on two separate occasions. I noted that it was my birthday on the Open Table reservation but it was never recognized. I ordered crème brulee and I'd say I've had much better.

We had a nice time and good meal. Worth the trip, especially in the spring.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Had a wonderful experience. Can't wait to go back again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We stayed at the English Inn for our 30th anniversary and dined there as well. It was a leisurely meal that lasted 2 hours but that was fine for our needs. I especially appreciated that they had several gluten free dessert options since I'm intolerant. I did feel a bit pinched for gf meal options only because of what I was in the mood for, but there were ample gf meal options available. Overall a very lovely evening....good food and beautiful surroundings with rich wood paneling and decorative ceiling. Wish we had gotten there a few minutes earlier so we could have sat close to the wood burning fireplace but we had a cozy corner table for two that was also very nice.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I miss the gardens. View of the banquet hall did nothing for the ambience

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our party of four was seated near the fireplace in the dining room closest to the entrance. Elegantly decorated, peaceful and quite, which is such a rate treat to find in resturants today.

The pacing of the courses was perfect, the service was quite good - non intrusive.

Food: The prime rib was generously sized and flavorful, the roast duck was dry and crunchy- way overcooked. The beautiful shrimp cocktail appetizer had large shrimp and a very distinct, spicy hot sauce. The other food items were fairly good and served warm.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great service and meal was excellent! The menu offered many choices . Our reservations were early but it does get busy during prime mealtime?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Celebrating an anniversary. I requested seating in the main dining room but it was not honored until i insisted on it. My meat was ordered medium-well and it was medium. Otherwise, our evening was lovely.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We found out about the live pianist they hire for the Fridays and Saturdays leading up to Christmas in December and have now made this an annual tradition. The value is fantastic, service and atmosphere are exquisite. We split an appetizer, both ordered entrees and separate desserts and it was all wonderful. The pianist, decorations and fire in the fireplace make this such a romantic location for the holidays. For a night cap, the pub downstairs is open until 10 p.m.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We met friends here for lunch and probably overstayed our visit but no one tried to hurry us. The food and the service was great. The Very tasteful Christmas decorations made it a very festive experience. Would definitely recommend to my friends.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on December 17, 2017

It was a great anniversary experience

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 16, 2017

the service and food were exceptional. 5 star for sure

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went to the English Inn for my son's college graduation and father's 92nd Birthday. One member of our party had never been there before, we raved about the French onion soup. Unfortunately and honestly very lacking, have made much better myself.

One lamb chop entree was served very rare and bloody had to send it back, but was fine after some additional cooking.

Lobster tail was just above room temperature had been sitting sometime before serving.

The potato side was dry and tasteless might as well not served it.

Server was outstanding and the tip reflected no reduction for the other shortfalls.

Hard to complain when your on these special occasions, special location and pricy location. Really wanted to, but just didn't want to stand out on this special with complaints.

Taking this under consideration for our next visit, want to keep The English Inn as a special go to place, but will be more free next time to get what we deserve for the price point......

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We dined here for our Anniversary and were very impressed. Atmosphere was very nice and service was tremendous. We will definitely go again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Celebrated our first year anniversary and it was spectacular. We want to come back next year!

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always been a first rate gem a little out of the way, but worth the drive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went for Thanksgiving. Had been on several other occasions and it was always good. This time, not so much. Food was subpar and rather disappointing. Husband got Turkey dinner and I got the lobster stuffed walleye. Walleye was very bland and the lemon risotto just doesn’t pair well. Turkey was a loaf, not carved and the sides were ok. Will eventually go back and try again but not for Thanksgiving. Just didn’t feel it was worth the price.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for Thanksgiving. The only reason I didn't give the food a five was because of the salads we had. Every one of us thought the salads were poor and no one finished his/hers. The appetizers, rolls, entrees were excellent. We were seated on time, had good service and it is a lovely facility.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We have celebrated numerous times at the English Inn. It’s a special place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Dinner with relatives. The entire evening was special.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We have enjoyed coming here for several years for special occasions. This was an anniversary this time and once again a very special event for us.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were celebrating my wife's 50th birthday and we really had a nice time. The decor and atmosphere are very romantic (it is an old mansion after all) and we really liked the food. The menu is mostly traditional, but we liked that. Some places try too hard to be "creative" with their food choices, but the selection here is creative and tasty without being boring. The prices are only slightly expensive, but for once it is totally worth it. We'll be back for other special occasions in the future. Definilty worth the drive and worth your time to try it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 31, 2017

another excellent evening. Great food, great service. Both my wife's rack of lamb and my beef Wellington were cooked to perfection.
The best restaurant in the Lansing area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The lobster bisque was too salty. The prime rib was over done. The salads were good and so was the rack of lamb.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had not been to the English Inn for quite a few years. The food and service were excellent. It was nice to eat in a place where you could hear one another talk. Not everyone likes to dine in a noisy place. The English Inn is also a bed and breakfast. We have stayed there in the past on two separate occasions celebrating a wedding anniversary. Very beautiful gardens all around. The Grand River runs behind the inn. Very picturesque for weddings, etc. We plan to frequent the inn more often! It is a very special place. Also, the English Inn is not too far from Lansing and Jackson.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Cozy, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Beautiful interior. Onion soup broth was great, although size was on the small side. House salad and dressing was fabulous. Beef Wellington was a bit tought and the dough was thin. Mashed potatoes were excellent. Desert was the highlight; really really good.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We both enjoyed the dinner and service along with the breakfast the next morning.

The grounds were very outstanding.

Would come back some time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Detroit)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This visit to the English Inn was nowhere near as good as the last time we went. Maybe it was an "off" night? We are hoping they did not change owners or management.

We ordered the same appetizer as before (Baked Brie)...Last time it was deliciously drowned in a fruit sauce, fresh fruit, and came with a plate full of crackers to eat it with. This time the sauce was a tiny splash on the plate, 1/2 of what looked like a raspberry(?), and there were maybe 6-8 tiny crackers. Our waiter never checked on us (see below), so we broke them in half to make them last.

My wife ordered the Lobster and Beef Tips... The lobster was way overcooked and crispy (lobster should not be crispy). The beef tips were also overcooked. It also came with raw rainbow carrots, which didn't seem right, it seemed like they should have been cooked.

I ordered the Beef Wellington. It was somehow very tough...I don't know how a filet mignon can be tough. I was wondering if they had substituted a cheaper cut of meat. This came with obviously frozen green beans.

My wife and I both agreed that the mashed potatoes were the best thing on our plates (they were amazing!). This was painful since the bill was so high. We walked out feeling we didn't get anywhere near our money's worth.

We would have complained about the food...but, overhead another table complain about frozen fish. The Manager gave them a long explanation about how frozen fish is the same as fresh. We didn't think our comments would have mattered.

Our waiter was very nice, but seemed to have other things to do. We often saw him at the big tables asking them how everything was going. But, the side of the room we were on (mostly 2-seat tables) was only visited for taking orders, dropping off food, and the bill.
The other staff was awesome! Our waters were never low and we didn't have empty plates for very long.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 12, 2017

One of the best dining experiences I have had. Everything and I mean everything was spot on. I not only recommend this fine establishment but I will be back here many times from Warren MI.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent service, delicious food, elegant atmosphere...highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 23, 2017

My husband and I to The English Inn to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary, and everything was perfect. Service was superb, the food was excellent, and the ambiance was just right for our celebration. I know we'll be back in the future and I look forward to it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Great Beer
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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything was amazing. The only thing that spoiled things is that we were sat next to a crying baby. It was kind of a bummer because we were looking for a kid-free, quiet dinner. Nothing t

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 18, 2017

The filet I ordered was my only disappointment. I wouldn't call that USDS Prime, it was like stringy roast beet! It was cooked wonderful with all accents absolutely fabulous! Maybe the meat vendor should be reconsidered.

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We went to celebrate an engagement and for the lobster special. I had the lobster tail which may have been the best lobster I have had. Seasoned perfectly
My family had the lobster and beef tips and the 3 cheese pasta. All were outstanding.
Wait staff personal and congratulated my son and fiance several times. The English inn is my very favorite to go place for a special meal or just because it is so good. I have never been disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Not inexpensive, but definitely worth the price for a 'get dressed up, special occasion type place'. The meal was wonderful, as we remembered, since the last time we cane nearly 25 years ago. We won't wait 25 more years to return.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Had our wedding reception here and we return every year for our anniversary to celebrate. Fantastic every time! Highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 16, 2017

English Inn amazing always the food the ambiance is so elegent yet comfortable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Food was great and the ambience terrific. The only issue I had was that they seated my wife and I at a small table that was squeezed in between the wall and another occupied 4 seat table. The waitress even had problems trying to get to us. The strange thing was that there were plenty of other tables available so there was no reason to seat us where they did. We made the best of it though and the rest of the experience was very good.

Tags: Scenic View
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