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The Fearrington House Restaurant

fine dining seasonal cuisine at its best

The Fearrington House Restaurant, located in Fearrington Village just outside of Chapel Hill, has been offering fine dining cuisine to the Triangle for nearly 40 years. Best known for the exceptional service, seasonal menus and hot chocolate soufflé, The Fearrington House prides itself on partnerships with local farms and crafting fresh, inspired dishes for its guests. Our menus change seasonally as new items are harvested from our on-site vegetable and herb gardens. We source items we are unable to grow on property from local farms, including Duckwood Farms and Heritage Farms.


Chef Colin Bedford

* Please note that all menus are subject to change due to seasonal availability.

The intimate dining rooms found within The Fearrington House Restaurant, once the original farm homestead, have welcomed guests with classic Southern hospitality and a European flair since 1980. Guided by seasonality, Executive Chef Colin Bedford’s cuisine interplays the legendary culinary traditions of the American South with his European training and a focus on local ingredients. Bedford’s menus have won critical acclaim. The Fearrington House earned a national ranking as one of the top hotel food destinations in the world, boasting a AAA Five Diamond status. In 2012, Chef Bedford was named a Grand Chef by Relais & Châteaux, the international culinary world’s highest honor.

“Food is powerful in many ways,” says Chef Bedford. “A dish’s smell can trigger a million memories for guests. For example, when I add a ‘posh’ beef stew on the menu, it takes me back to being a child and coming home from playing football (American soccer). My mum would have a big pan of beef stew on the back of the stove. My team and I utilize this notion of nostalgia to make our fine dining experience approachable and easy for guests to enjoy.”

Our menu is complemented by a beverage program featuring an extensive wine list, a fully-equipped bar, cocktails with local ingredients and beers celebrating North Carolina breweries. The beverage program is overseen by Beverage Director Paula de Pano.

This fine dining establishment does not have a formal dress code. A minimum of smart casual wear is preferred, with jackets and ties recommended but not required for men. We request that sports attire, denim, and flip-flops are to be avoided in the main dining room.

The Fearrington House Restaurant is located eight miles south of Chapel Hill and 20 miles west of Durham, the Research Triangle Park and Cary.

To learn more about The Fearrington House Restaurant, please visit our FAQ page or call us at (919) 542-2121.

Relais and Chateaux

Relais & Châteaux is a family of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in the world who share a passion for ensuring their guests experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses.

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Meet the Team

Colin Bedford, Executive Chef

A native of England, Colin came to The Fearrington House in 2005 as Executive Sous Chef and was promoted to Executive Chef in 2008. Colin’s culinary interest began early on, taking him to The Castle Hotel, Niagara on The Lake and Prince of Wales Hotel. Colin partners with local farmers, using the finest ingredients from the region and our gardens.  In 2012, Colin was named a Grand Chef by Relais & Chateaux. He was selected as a semi-finalist for Best Chef Southeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2014 and 2017. Read more about Colin here.

Paula de Pano, Beverage & Service Director

Paula joined the Fearrington House in 2010 as a sommelier after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. It was during her time at Fearrington that she received her Advanced Sommelier distinction with the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2014, she moved to New York City to be part of the sommelier team at the three Michelin star restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. After two years, she returned to Fearrington Village as the Beverage & Service Director. Read more about Paula here.

Joris Haarhuis, Maitre D'

Joris comes from a family of Dutch hoteliers. He first worked at Fearrington in 1991 as an intern while at Hotelschool The Hague. After completing his degree in Hotel Management, Joris returned in guest services at The Fearrington House Inn. Except for a period in which he managed the main dining room at The Homestead in Virginia, Joris has been Maitre D’ at The Fearrington House since 1995.

What People Are Saying

Certificate of Excellence winner

AAA Five Diamond Award winner, every year since 1996

Semi-finalist list for Best Chef Southeast

2017 Diners' Choice Restaurant

Best Wine Lists in the World with highest possible ranking of three stars

Gold Medal Restaurant

Top 100 Restaurant in America

Chapel Hill Best Of, Best Service and Best Upscale Restaurant

Top 10 Diner's Choice Restaurant in Triangle Area

A Triangle Local Favorite

Forbe's Five-Star restaurant

Certified Green Restaurant™