314 E. Broadway
Granville Ohio 43023United States
The Acorn Pub is a cozy niche for drinks by the fire, but the food fails to live up to the ambience.
The perfect spot for a cocktail by the fire (or in warm weather, on the adjacent porch), the Acorn Pub at the Granville Inn is filled with ambience, but the food could use a little work. We sampled the triple-decker toasted cheese, which had an oddly lemon-flavored aioli and decidedly unmelted cheese and was served with crunchy but bland sweet potato fries ($11). The spinach-artichoke quesadilla turned out to be a rich, gooey mixture grilled between two thin slices of puff pastry instead of tortillas ($8). Not bad, but a bit odd. Drinks were better; we enjoyed a spicy bloody mary ($5.50) and the Dogfish Head 60-minute IPA ($5). Although the pub menu is described as "limited," the offerings are sufficient for a light lunch and are moderately priced between $5 and $16. The inn, built in 1925, is an intriguing architectural throwback in a town filled with Colonial buildings. Built of locally quarried stone in the Jacobethan Revival style, the inn peers regally over a broad expanse of lawn, which is often the site of summer soirees and grand weddings. The dark and almost churchlike interior is equally imperious, with an abundance of woodwork, heavy fabrics and massive stone fireplaces throughout the first-floor common areas. This is a memorable place and a Granville landmark, so while the food wasn't the best we've ever had, we'd probably swing by again for a drink.