I Needed to have a meeting with only one other person in N. New Hampshire. Called and left message, Kevin called me back within an hour and welcomed me to use their restaurant, complete with WIFI. Peg, Peggy and Niki were extremely friendly and I could have not been more pleased with the service, food and welcoming attitude! Thank You!
Great hidden gem on the Seacoast! Contrary to popular belief, PCC is open to the public and a great place to get lunch during the week, or brunch on Sundays. The staff is hardworking and friendly. The chef really cares about putting out a good variety of product, even locally sourcing where possible. I know, because I've worked here for almost 4 years and watched this place really grow. We host Portsmouth Rotary every Thursday afternoon and are booked solid for weddings all year long! Come in and see for yourselves.
We'll start with the pluses. The room was clean and tidy and generally taken care of. The staff was cheery and cared about their work.
The food was neutral which I suppose it was to be to make everyone happy. Eggs, bacon, the same saugage sold in every restaraunt in Southern New Hampshipe, potatoes, cereal, ham carving station, omelette station, and a desert station.
Risks taken included a tuna salad thing, quinoa asparagus mess, and another item so unremarkable as to be completely forgotten. Which is what I fear happened to these three items left to die a lonely death on a side table by themselves. There was a stuffed fish which had more stuffing than fish, which is ok if stuffing good. In this case it was a mash of spinach and blech that I did not bother to decipher. The promising looking cinnamon rolls revealed themselves to be impenetrable stones that perhaps were once fresh. This caused me to abandon the entire continental table all together.
They did have two items that were different than at other places. There was a Pb&J stuffed French toast with chocolate. The kids loved this. Good job.
Their other was lobster Mac & Cheese. No one does this on a buffet and here's why. The animals eating at the buffet picked all the lobster out first. From what I could tell the lobster was not cooked into the cheese sauce, but rather tossed in at the last minute. Which is too bad as the vultures removed all lobster flavor along with the meat.
Extreme disappointment set after I needed to sort past 5 dirty dishes before resorting to using bowl. With that many dirty in a row, I suspect someone had fallen asleep or required the services of an eye doctor.
Finally, when I go to a place called Country Club I expect my fellow diners to be dressed at least in business causual clothing. This occasion was Easter Brunch, but there were far too many people in jeans and a tee shirt. Granted, it was new tee shirts bought earlier that day at Walmart so I suppose they tried. I'd suggest the PCC begin using a no denim and collared shirt requirement. The good people of coastal NH should not be left up to their own fashion devices.