When Philadelphia native Chef Andrea Griffith was first approached about coming to Pursell Farms, she said she was not interested. But, the Pursells persisted and asked her to just come and take a look. And, in Chef Andrea’s words “the family, the unbelievable vibe, and the property won me over.” She’s now been at the Farm for 6 1/2 years and continues to enjoy the freedom she is given to create the special dishes she produces for her guests.
Herbs, honey, berries and figs are grown right on the property, and Chef Andrea uses many local vendors for her produce, meats, jams and jellies. She was an apprentice at the famed Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and managed two other resort restaurants, so she is an experienced restaurateur and caterer.
Two beautiful restaurants are inside The Inn at Pursell Farms — Ol’ Tom’s Pub and Arrington. The Pub, described as Scottish-American, is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and features the pool table that once belonged to Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle) in the dining room. The Pub derives its name from Thomas Morris, a Scotsman who lived in the 1800’s and was long associated with golf.
Arrington on the ground floor is where breakfast is served every day, and an upscale dinner menu is offered Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Both have great food and are aesthetically pleasing. I learned that Elaine Pursell was responsible for choosing the tasteful and exquisite decor found throughout the Inn, and I know you will agree that it is beautiful. The furniture pieces, fabrics and artworks are eye-catching and unique.
The restaurant prices are very reasonable. My only regret is that I was not there to enjoy one of Chef Andrea’s wonderful-sounding dinner entrees in Arrington.
I hope I have enticed you to visit Pursell Farms. You will be warmly received, and I believe you’ll be glad I pointed you in this direction.