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About The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light
The Farmhouse Bistro offers a casual dining experience featuring seasonal dishes created by Executive Chef Brian Burns. Choose from an array of tantalizing appetizers, freshly-prepared entrees, tempting desserts, and a sophisticated wine list.
Malvern, PA 19355
Contemporary French / American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday Dinner: 5:00pm- 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Farmhouse Bistro is part of People's Light & Theatre Company, a professional, non-profit theatre that produces 7-9 plays each season. Enjoy a delicious dinner before seeing a stellar production on one of two stages on the People's Light campus. For more information about the theatre, visit PeoplesLight.org.
The restored 18th century farmhouse boasts a newly renovated ballroom. With a private tented terrace and spacious landscaped surroundings, it offers the perfect setting for any occasion from 20 to 200 guests. Smaller, more intimate celebrations of 10 to 25 are also elegantly executed in the adjacent Farmhouse Bistro.
Ample free parking is available on the People's Light campus.
Septa Bus Route 204-People's Light & Theatre campus. This stop is on the Farmhouse property.
Septa Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale Line-Paoli Station. This stop is 2.6 miles east from the Farmhouse and Bistro on Lincoln Highway (Route 30)
Private Party Facilities:
Set among award-winning perennial English gardens of People's Light & Theatre Company, The Farmhouse is a premier venue in Chester County. The restored 18th century farmhouse boasts a newly renovated ballroom. With a private tented terrace and spacious landscaped surroundings, it offers the perfect setting for any occasion. Smaller, more intimate celebrations are elegantly executed in the adjacent Farmhouse Bistro.
Private Party Contact:
Spencer Brennen: (610) 647-1631 ext. 156
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
The Farmhouse and Bistro offer a complete package for your special event. Menus are executed by our in-house chef and parties of any size (up to 200) are easily accommodated. Event types include weddings, rehearsals, corporate meetings and celebrations, milestone celebrations including birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. Visit www.farmhousepeopleslight.com for more information or call 610.647.1631 x156.
The Farmhouse Bistro at People's Light Ratings and Reviews
The Farmhouse is a convenient location for a meal before a play at People's Light & Theatre. It is on the same property and within walking distance of the Leonard Haas Stage. For a performance at the Steinbright Stage, you have to drive over.
We ate in a small dining room that seated about 18. There is a second dining room where a group was having dinner. I did not see how large the room was.
The hostess was very helpful. She asked if we already had our tickets for the performance of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole. When we told her that we had vouchers, she proceeded to call the theater and arrange to get our tickets for us. She brought them over to our table. That was a very nice touch.
The person who seated us seemed very nervous and tentative. The table we picked was wobbly. Rather than offer to find a way to stabilize the table for us, she made a gesture as if she was hoping that nothing would fall off the table.
We had one server ask for our drinks, then someone else came to the table without any explanation. Apparently there had not been a handover of the table because the new server was not aware that we had already ordered something to drink. I asked her to get something to stabilize the table which she did readily and quickly. This suggested to me that they are aware of the state of the tables. The person who sat us down should have checked on the table before she left if they know they have wobbly tables.
The food was the best part of the evening. We opted for the Prix Fixe Menu from which we had Pumpkin Asparagus Crab Bisque and Caesar Salad as the appetizers, followed by Forty Garlic Chicken and Horseradish Encrusted Salmon. For dessert, we had
Copa Marscarpone and Lemon Sorbet Ripieno. Everything was delicious. We truly enjoyed the meal.
We went to their Thanksgiving buffet. It took a long time for the wine to come and the waiter rarely came by to fill the glasses. Also, the plates were not cleared between courses. It was not very busy when we arrived. When we went to the buffet, the stuffing was about empty so was a bit cold. I went back for seconds and it was much better. The turkey was good but the sides were average. The pumpkin cheese cake was good but they had run out of both the pecan and sweet potatoe pie. They also automatically added 18% gratuity which seems high for someone to deliver a glass of wine and fill water twice.
We were there For their Thanksgiving meal, and the food was excellent! The turkey was juicy, the ham was succulent. The sweet potatoes has just the right amount of toasted marshmallow.
Our server, though, he was terrible. He came to our table 10 minutes after we sat down to take our drink order, and they didn't come until after we got back with our food.
We ran out of drinks, and we didn't see him for 10 minutes, and the only reason we saw him was that the best table over was getting their check. I asked him for more drinks, and guess what... He didn't show up again for 15 minutes! When he came again, I had to ask once more for drinks. When I went to the buffet, again, I actually talked to the person in charge of the buffet display. He said he'd talk to the head server.
The only time he ended up being quick was when he dropped off the check, and then left for 30 seconds and came right back to see if it was ready. I was really tempted to talk to a manager right then and there. It was Thanksgiving, so I paid the check, with the automatic gratuity, but you can be sure I didn't leave any more than that. If it wasn't a holiday, you can be sure I would've argued the automatic gratuity.
Had a problem with gratuity being included with bill. Know this is done with large groups but we were only two and no notice that this was done. At same time on menu it said that gratuity was included in price. Note "price", not "bill" or "check". Confusing wording and poorly handled.
We had a great dinner and exceptional service at the Farmhouse Bistro. We had the pre-theater three course menu. Food was outstanding. The pumpkin-asparagus-crab bisque was amazing. Beautiful, unique glassware is worth noting. Lighting was too bright and it would have been nice if they lit the fireplace. But other than that, it was a very nice experience before we went to see Lights Out.
Excellent options on the Prix Fixe menu. Quite good value for money. My soup WA cold, but when asked to have it heated, it was accomplished immediately with a smile and a clean bowl and spoon.
Only criticism is too.much food for meal. Left with two "doggie bags"
We always enjoy dining at the Farmhouse Bistro prior to seeing a show.
Our server was extremely helpful, conscientious, and polite. He even took us the back way to the theatre. The swordfish was cooked to perfection and my husband loved the lamb stew!
Our only complaint is the ambiance and acoustics in the lower level dining area. We miss eating upstairs where we felt like we were alone and on our own date instead of someone else's. We were able to hear the entire conversation of a women sitting behind us.
Had a lovely brunch with girlfriends. When we went we were the only ones in the place which had me worried but it was fine. Food was great. Gave only 4 stars because they had a quesadilla on the menu but no sour cream on the premises. I thought that was strange to have one without the other.
The pasta dish we both ordered was to have crab meat in it. Both came out with no crab. they did bring us both a side order of crab when we pointed this out.
The pesto on the pasta was somewhat bland and did not reflect what we both were expecting as far as taste.
The subscribers 10% discount was not available on the fixed price menu and the wait staff was not aware of this nor was it listed anywhere we could find on their website.
Overall, this was a very pricy meal for what we received.
This is a restaurant that belongs to a theater so we went just as the show started therefore it was only us. The staff were extremely friendly and gave us a tour and showed us the newly renovated wedding hall- very nice!! Sandwiches were good. Not a fan of the avocado "fries" but an interesting options. Will definitely return and see a show as well!
My dinner was pasta and crab in a pesto sauce. The pasta was drenched in the oily sauce which completely overwhelmed the crab and peas. The accompanying salad was included but chewy and not very tasty. My husband had swordfish and felt his food was okay but nothing special. The service was attentive and prompt and the small room was quiet. The powder room was unheated , had no hook for hanging a coat or purse, and the light switch was outside the room (which I did not notice until after I entered.) We were disappointed overall.
Appetizers were very good but entrees were very disappointing. Scallop entree was undercooked and braised short rib entrée meat was quite fatty and small. Root vegetables were over cooked and had too much spice. Service was good for a small restaurant. Would not dine there again, we thought it would be much better.
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