Stone's Public House

Stone's Public HouseStone's Public House
Stone's Public HouseStone's Public House
Bar, Eatery

179 Main St
Ashland, Massachusetts, 01721-3124
United States

(508) 881-1778 | map
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Reviewed by -Rick from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
A great place to grab a drink. Beer list is always up to date, keeping up with whats new at the time. The food here is also very good, I have had brunch and dinner here many times and have not had a bad meal. The wait time can sometimes be a pain depending on when you go, but I guess that just means others like it as much as I do.
Nov 29, 2015
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I had the great pleasure of going to Stone's Public House with my wife tonight for dinner and a couple of beers. It's an absolute must-visit if you're visiting the area.

Walking in, the place is definitely a pub: dark wood, exposed beams and a very friendly and local atmosphere. Additionally, the place smells like a lake cabin I used to visit as a kid, so it gets bonus points just for that.

Since I'm from out of town, the beer selection seemed good and exotic to me, but even without that factor the beers available are top-notch. Definitely a good selection for a restaurant with good stuff from Jack's Abby, Breckenridge and more; perhaps a dozen good taps plus a decent bottle list.

The food was phenomenal; I had the lamb shepherd's pie and my wife the filet mignon with mashed potatoes. We demolished those and a piece of the turtle cheesecake (absolutely worth ordering even if you're full). The food is on the pricier side ($20 per entree, plus sides), but the beer is quite reasonable.

We'll definitely be back if we're in the area again!
Jun 09, 2013
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Reviewed by hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Beautiful old tavern (1834) I visited last weekend on the recommendation of a friend. It is reportedly haunted: ol' Colonel Stone allegedly pistol-whipped someone over a card game dispute who died. Asked the waitress and heard a couple of recent stories.

Liked this place very much. Maybe 12 taps armed with 4 IPAs, nice selection of drafts including the fine, superfine Jack's Abby Hoponius, Stone IPA, a coupla Mayflowers, etc. Had the Irish pizza which was okay. I never dig into the high priced fare so I'm a bad judge for food.

But I'll return soon. Just a really cozy old tavern in a sleepy suburban town. And not far from Jack's Abby Brewery where I go to fill growlers with alarming regularity!
May 07, 2013
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Reviewed by barkingLlama from Cayman Islands

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Great atmosphere. Huge walk-in fireplace at the end of the main hall - great to warm up against on a cold winter's night. Not a huge selection of beer, but what they have is top notch.

Alternately, in the warm months they've got a great beer garden off of the main hall. Very reminiscent of what you'd expect in Germany - including the VERY close proximity to the train tracks between Boston and points west. (You'll need to pause your conversation while the train passes.)

Food menu is good, standard pub fare.

Great Blues night every Sunday!
Jan 02, 2013
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Reviewed by morebeergood from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
My wife and I met with joshman and his wife here on New Years day for a celebratory dinner. The exterior has an old New England inn look to it. Inside, it has a quaint rustic feel. It was still all done up for Christmas, so it looked good. Lots of wood and brick. Old wood beams above the bar. A blues band jamming near the entrance. Wooden table seating to the right surrounded by roaring fireplaces. Our waiter was friendly and personable. He let us take our time and talk, plus he brought us samples of a beer they just tapped. Beer selection was above average. A nice mix of local beers (Mayflower, Jack's Abby), plus a bunch of national craft brands. One pet peeve: please put the prices on your beer menu! I had pints of Jack's Abby Hop. Union and Stone Levitation Ale. Prices were about $5.50-6 each. Food was great. We had a range of plates from sandwiches ($10-15) to entrees ($15-20+), and everyone enjoyed their meals, plus dessert ($6.50) was tasty too. Not a cheap place though considering it's Ashland. But for a Sunday night, it was crowded and seemed like "the" place to be in town.
Jan 03, 2012
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Reviewed by DrinkingDrake from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Couldn't count how many times I have been here. Very knowledgeable staff about food and beer/wine. They always have good beer on tap however they don't have many taps. Stone IPA and Hobgoblin are regulars on the tap along with a couple changing variations of Berkshire Brewing Co. Bottle selection is good with Dogfish 90 and 120 and Delirium. The food is amazing Baked mac and cheese done with many different cheeses and one of the best bacon cheddar burgers I have ever had.
The have regular music from local artists who can get the place pretty packed and moving. From Celtic music to funk it is always great.
The atmosphere is great in one of the oldest buildings in Ashland sitting right on top of the train tracks. It is "haunted" and was featured on a Ghost Hunters episode.A great colonial pub style atmosphere will original exposed ceiling beams and wood floors. In the winter the fireplace is always goings and it creates a great mood because of how dimly lit the place is kept.
Amazing atmosphere and great food/beer.
Dec 28, 2010
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Reviewed by kmo1030 from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Been here a couple of times since moving to framingham and i gotta say i'm glad this place is so close to me. the atmosphere is very 19th century with some modern touches, which is right up my alley. it's got a fire place at one end of the bar, that they're not afraid to use.
the service is a solid 4. they've always attentive and friendly.
the beer is kept in good shape, and while not served in proper glassware, they have some pretty good stuff on tap and, stone's smoked porter, and wychwood's hobgoblin being standouts. i believe some of the taps are rotating also.
the food is of the pub grub variety, but has been very top notch as far as that kind of thing goes. i'm looking forward to sitting in the dining room someday and trying one of their more legit entrees.
if in the area, this is a real hidden gem to try.
Mar 02, 2009
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Reviewed by BeTheBall from Florida

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
Went there to the bar with a friend a few weeks ago Friday after work. I had Delirium Tremens, then two Stone IPA's, they were so delicious. They also had Hobgoblin, which I tried a sample of, and a few others that were interesting, but not as interesting as what I had, and love.
Bartender was pretty knowledgable, and I liked the atmosphere, even with the occassional passing commuter rail train. My friend says the place is haunted, but nothing scared me! Better than average beer selection, and fine food selection. We had a cheese plate that was loaded with food for $16. We couldn't finish it; probably would have taken 4 people with all that cheese.
I will definitely go back, when I'm in the area.
Jun 21, 2007
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Reviewed by n0rmann from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I absolutely loved this place -- it's the kind of bar I like, a nice neighborhood bar. The problem with a nice neighborhood bar is usually the lack of beer selection, that wasn't a problem here.

On tap: DFH 60 Minute IPA, Stone's IPA, Red Seal, Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale, Wychwood's Hobgoblin and several others.

Bottles included Great Divide's St. Bridget's Porter, Schneider Aventinus Double Bock, DFH 90 minute IPA and Delirium Tremens.

Service was very good, and the food was tasty.

I'll probably be back there, and hopefully I'll have time to go there on Halloween to see if the many ghosts that supposedly inhabit the former inn would like to share a pint.
Apr 30, 2007
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Reviewed by wyllder from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Atmosphere is nice, with an early American Inn/Tavern feel, complete with exposed beams and a crackling fireplace.

Service was solid and attentive.

Selection is modest, including:
TAPS: Stone IPA, DFH 60, Avery X-Mas, Guinness, Bass, Hobgoblin, and a couple others.
Bottles: DFH 90, Bud Light, Stella, and I don't recall the others, but there were about 8-10 total.

Food was very nice, and I quite liked the lamb shepherd's pie.

A nice place if you're in the area, but not something I would go out of my way for. If you do go, I'd recommend checking the website and going on a night when there's live music, as I suspect it would be even better then.

Mar 11, 2007
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Reviewed by dougnboston from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
A classic old pub. Matt Murphy, owner, has really done a great job with the place. A big fireplace works all winter. The bar is very long, maybe 30'. Eight taps of quality beers, Stone IPA, Bass, Guinness are just a few. I know this is all about the beer ... but the wine list is very, very good.

They have outdoor seating in the warmer weather. Food is terrific. You can order from the Pub menu or the dining menu (a bit pricy on that one). All the food is very good. Their New England clam chowder is 1st rate. I like their cheese board a lot too.

Ghosts are frequently seen in the building. There are stories after stories of strange happenings. Go to their web site and read the history. Better yet, go to the bar and experience it yourself.

There is a full restaurant and function rooms too. Music on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Blues on Sunday. Irish on Tuesday. Bluegrass on Wednesday.

This is a good one. Go enjoy.
Jun 12, 2006
Stone's Public House in Ashland, MA
Place rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 17 ratings