Wayside Inn

7783 Main St
Middletown, 22645
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We made a 6:30 reservation last evening and then planned to go to the Wayside Theater that is just down the street for an 8 pm performance. There was no one at the hostess stand when we arrived, and we had to go in the restaurant to find some one to seat us. This should have signaled to us that the service was going to be slow even though the reatuarnt was not even half full. It took forever to even get a glass of water, then wait and wait for the appetizer and salad. The appetizer ( 5 little shrimp) was ok, but the cocktail sauce was watery and the presentation was non-existent (5 shrimps laying bare on a white salad plate costing $10. ) Then, the salad. . . iceberg lettuce with barely ripe tomatoes. McDonald's is better. Then, the wait started for our entrees. We watched the clock ticking. . . no waitress coming by. . . no food. Finally at 7:45 we stood up and called the hostess and said we had to leave to go to the theater. We paid for the wine, salad, appetizer which wasn't cheap, then rushed to the theater. . . still hungry. By the time we got out of the play, all the restaurants were closed. So, we went to bed hungry that night. Obviously, we felt really "burned" by this restaurant and will never go back.
I went here about two years ago for lunch and it's a neat place to visit since it's been around since 1797. We ate at the bar and had their famous peanut soup and some liquor drinks which was a good combination. It's also a great place to refuel yourself after some antique shopping in Middletown. If you are looking to splurge on a romantic dinner, they have an extensive menu in the antique dining rooms.
Our family lives in Shenandoah County near Woodstock, VA . Last week my 89 year old mother and I needed to vacate our home due to the application of an epoxy based foam insulation. Mom uses a walker and is rather frail. While chain hotels were available, we opted to stay at the Wayside Inn which is a regional treasure. From the standpoint of handicapped accessibility, this may not have been the easiest of options, but with regard to gentility, compassion, accommodation and service, it was superlative. The innkeepers, Becky and George made us feel right at home, assisted us with belongings, found the best bed (height) for my mother, even opened a little used dining room directly across from my mother's room to minimize the amount of effort she needed to exert to get to breakfast. May I also say that the breakfasts were phenomenal including the coffee (which is rarely the case). We sat for over an hour each morning enjoying our meal while chatting with George (also breakfast chef), Betty and their staff. Mom never felt rushed and could complete her meal without sensing that she had irritated anyone because she ate so slowly. Dinner was also excellent as was the wait staff. Overall, my only lament is that this unique Inn is not utilized more by local as well as vacationing customers. For those living nearby, please think of it when accommodating guests or treating yourself to a pleasant get away evening For visitors to the northern Shenandoah Valley, its a wonderful opportunity to stay at a historic, beautifully appointed inn, one which will linger in your fond memories of favorite vacation spots.

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