Recently, Kevin and I met our awesome friend Jenn out for a Sunday afternoon lunch at The Hearthstone Pub in the Planstville section of Southington. I had been hearing a lot of good things about it, so when she suggested we meet up there, I couldnâ€™t turn down the invitation!
The dÃ©cor is simple, but attractive, with lots of dark wood and fireplaces everywhere you look (thereâ€™s a grand total of 16 in the restaurant)! It has a very cozy and comfortable feel, the kind of place where you can really relax and spend some time with a few friends and some beers. We actually managed to stay a few hours on our visit!
Speaking of beer, they have 16 different beers on tap, and Kevin and I were very pleased to find a number of microbrews on the list, including several IPAâ€™s. It was definitely a nice little selection. They also had an extensive wine list.
Kevin, enjoying an IPA
Because this was Jennâ€™s last weekend before starting a diet, we decided to go all out and order the Pub Fried Combo as an appetizer. And it was all that a fried combo should be! It consisted of potato skins, wings, calamari and onion rings, and came with a variety of dipping options. It was delicious, fried goodness!
For our meal, I ordered the Grilled Portabella Panini, which was served with fries and coleslaw. The Panini was really good. One might wonder how one can screw up a Portabella Panini, but as someone who orders this sort of thing all the time, trust me it happens all the time. The Hearthstone Pub got it right, though, it was perfect â€“ flavorful, with lots of veggies, and not too soggy. The fries were good, but nothing to write home about. I tried the slaw and wasnâ€™t impressed, but then, Iâ€™m not usually a big fan of coleslaw â€“ this one was way too mayonnaisey for me. Overall, I was happy with my meal.
Jenn had the Baked Stuffed Shrimp, which was served with rice and a heaping pile of vegetables. Look at all those veggies! Beautiful!
Kevin order the Guinness Bacon Cheeseburger, which was served with a side of fries. While the burger was good, it wasnâ€™t really anything special. It just tasted like a normal bacon cheeseburger â€“ no noticeable Guinness flavor at all. The menu indicated that there would be a Guinness sauce, but it either wasnâ€™t there or just wasnâ€™t detectable, so that was a bit of a disappointment.
Overall, I have to say I was pretty impressed with the place, and definitely intend to go back in the near future. This is a great place for a Sunday afternoon with friends, an evening out with the girls or even a romantic dinner for two!
42 West Main Street
Plantsville, CT 06479