Those that have been around Sebring for a few years will recognize that Fairmount’s Ale House in Sebring is found in the same premises at which another restaurant flourished – Yanni’s – which had been located in this same venue for some years.
Then, in December 2019, after which the facility had undergone upgrades and changes, it was reborn as Fairmount’s Ale House. Visitors that had visited Yanni’s commented that though the bones of the building were the same they felt that the atmosphere in Fairmount’s Ale House was an improvement for diners.
We liked the fact that there was space between the tables. Enough space that we could actually talk to each other over dinner, and be heard. The only jarring note was the frequent and very loud warbling noise. We glared at nearby tables wondering who was ignorant enough to leave their phone ringer on high! Turns out that it was the kitchen announcing that another dish was ready for delivery. Far too loud and intrusive in all our opinions.
Our server pointed out to us that they’d been having a devil of a time with their computer operated ordering system. In fact it was down, in mid-January 2020, and so orders would have to be taken by hand, with great apologies.
That in itself wasn’t a problem for us, though due to this complexity the round of drinks ordered before food selection did take quite a long time to arrive, and the server didn’t know who’s drink was for who. Nevertheless, beverages were all good and orders for food were placed.
There were a few of us, and many different dishes were ordered. We had, since experience has shown that portions typically are large, one Cobb salad and one order of the shrimp – boom boom shrimp or some such, which we intended to share.
Again, due to the difficulties with ordering food via a manual system rather than an electronic one , dishes arrived in a sequence. Not too too long from the arrival of the first dish to the last for the table, but long enough that some folks decided to start eating their dishes while the food was hot, rather than waiting for the other guests dishes to arrive.
Fairmount’s Ale House Cobb Salad
Cobb salads are a dish I order quite often so as a frequent eater of them I had an expectation of what was to come.
The Fairmount’s Cobb salad was different from many others I’d had, not bad, but missing some of the ingredients, some meat variety’s, for example. Nevertheless, it was quite good, and there was ample to share with my partner who had ordered the shrimp.
Their shrimp appetizer is delicious. Be prepared for the spice selection to erupt in your mouth a bit after you’ve tasted it, though. Very good, and a real nice zing.
Overall impressions of Fairmount’s Ale House in Sebring
That we could have a conversation with friends while enjoying a meal was a real plus, huge in fact, as so many restaurants are so loud that one has to shout to be heard across the table.
Another pleasant one was that the pool hall part of the facility was in a separate room with closed doors. That made the experience for folks that had come for the dining to be more pleasant, in our opinion.
The “sports bar” part of this restaurant included the typical numerous TV’s hanging on the walls. That part of Fairmount’s can be, depending on where you sit, far enough away from the intrusion that the many blinking screens all vying for your attention whilst you were trying to eat and converse was minimized. We felt this was good.
As noted earlier, the server “summons bell” from the kitchen was very intrusive and it would be good if that were turned down quite a few notches, if in fact that was the source of the frequent clanging / warbling.
The server interjected comments towards folks that were talking among themselves far too frequently for our liking, interrupting conversations in which the server was not privy and with gratuitous comments. Likely as a result of being quite frazzled by the systems failure and that the restaurant was quite busy, we expect.
All of the guests at our table said they enjoyed their meals with the exception of one part of one guest’s meal. The french fries were not fresh, likely cooked from frozen, and they were only passable. This person frequents restaurants where the fries are fresh cut. That were were not was disappointing to them, and they made their opinion known to us all. For what it’s worth, we certainly agree.
The ribs ordered by a couple were meaty and delicious. The sandwiches ordered by another couple were equally so.
When checking out the restaurant before going I couldn’t find a menu on line which was problematical for us as we like to review a menu at our leisure before we visit a new restaurant. And though they boast a website, the website has no content as of January 2020.
They have some content and info on their Facebook page, but then, if you are not on FB trying to get info from that page is difficult as FB keeps overlaying any information with their login demands. Very frustrating.
We’ll go back to Fairmount’s Ale House again, I’m sure. Maybe in a few weeks, when some of the issues relating to their ordering and serving software might be resolved. These issues might be expected at a relatively new restaurant and as they did little to impact the quality of the food served and the portions enjoyed, can be overlooked.
Our meals for two with a couple of drinks was $35.00 including tip in January 2020.
Fairmont’s Ale House – Sebring
3750 US 27 North (Unit 2A)
Sebring, Florida 33870
T: (866) 853-7465
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