Located on the busy North Main St., the Sherborn Inn is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary and is just a staple now in the town as it’s ever been.
In business since 1988, the roughly 250-year-old country home located on 33 North Main St. was converted into an inn to provide guests with lodging and high quality dining.
General Manager Phil Cocco has worked at the inn for 15 years and has been working to continue the New England charmed traditions of the Sherborn Inn. Cocco was a former bed and breakfast owner in Vermont, and he brings the same sensibility to Sherborn’s historical inn. He was the general manager from 1994-2002, left for a second tour of duty in the military overseas, but came back and has been the general manager since.
The Sherborn Inn focuses on maintaining the quality of the food it's provided since 1988. Cocco said providing a high quality level of food is a challenge, and the restaurant always tries to give the food a country twist. “We have sophisticated entrees,” Cocco said, “we try to reflect the ambiance of the inn with the food.”
As well as stressing sophistication in its offerings, Cocco said the Sherborn Inn tries to use as much local product as possible. “We get dairy, our vegetables, zucchini and fresh apple cider,” he said. “That’s why we change our menu to utilize as much local product as possible.”
Cocco said many events are held at the Sherborn Inn, including a jazz band night that’s been running for 16 weeks in the summer.
“It’s the only place around where people can eat and listen to some jazz music,” Cocco said. On Wednesdays, the inn has pasta nights where customers can get a salad, their choice of pasta and dessert. The inn also has weekly country inn special on Thursday, like pot roast, chicken pot pie or a turkey dinner.
“We have a lot of things going on to keep people coming back,” Cocco said.
Cocco said the customers at the inn do have that tendency to keep coming back for more. “It’s like ‘Cheers’ in a sense. The people who do come in, come in frequently. The servers know everyone and people will come in and ask for the same waiter or waitresses. That’s the kind of place we are.”
In addition to the specials on their menu, the Sherborn Out, the take-out component of the Sherborn Inn, allows people to order food to go, and it sells wine. The Sherborn Inn also has a free Sunday dinners for seniors.
“We do a lot for the community, so it’s an ongoing thing,” Cocco said. “We’re not trying to be a fancy restaurant in Boston, but we are trying to create a high quality establishment with that country inn feel.”
To look at their menu or to make reservations, visit the Sherborn Inn website. The inn also puts on a lot of functions for the community and residents. That information can also be found on their site.