Lord Fletcher’s: Rancho Mirage Classic Dining Discovery

Here’s another recent unexpected find, a superb classic dining restaurant located in Rancho Mirage just outside of Palm Springs, Lord Fletcher’s Inn!  While updating my classic dining slide show I decided to check out an establishment that I’d driven past a hundred times but never stopped.  Photographer Sven A. Kirsten took these photos that capture its spirit.

Lord Fletcher's Inn Rancho Mirage

Lord Fletcher’s Inn Rancho Mirage

This upscale fine dining restaurant opened in 1966 at 70385 Highway 111.  Still under original ownership, the congenial second generation restaurateur Michael Fletcher manages Lord Fletcher’s today.  The beautifully maintained Olde English atmosphere is just right.  And there are strong, generous cocktails by top notch bartenders.

Original proprietors Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher in the foreground enjoy the Friday night salmon special.

Original proprietors Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher in the foreground

Talk about old school, their website’s been down for at least two years and they don’t have email.   And, like the old days, they’re also closed during the hot summer months of August and September.

Cozy fireplace as room divider.  Lots of

Cozy fireplace as room divider

Frank Sinatra lived just down the street and the portrait of him hangs above his favorite table.

Frank Sinatra's Favorite Table

Frank Sinatra’s Favorite Table

Terrific service, great food.  In addition to prime rib, Yorkshire pudding and other typical English fare, there is always fresh fish on the menu and a fine soup du jour.  Most excitingly, their house salad with palace dressing prepared tableside is a close relative of my favorite Caesar Salad in texture and flavor.  After dinner, you have to try Lord Fletcher’s signature Royal Brandy Ice concoction served in a frosty glass.  Wow!

The bar area

The bar area

My advice is go to Lord Fletcher’s the next time you’re in the Coachella Valley.  Because the average age appears to be well past 70, it’s critical that a new, younger generation patronize this restaurant before, well, you know.

Lord Fletcher's

Lord Fletcher’s

About Peter Moruzzi

Historian Peter Moruzzi is passionate about the middle decades of the 20th century: its nightlife, classic dining, and architecture. Born in Concord, Massachusetts and raised in Hawaii, Moruzzi graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and later attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, he founded the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) an architectural preservation group. In 2006, Moruzzi produced "Desert Holiday," a jaunty documentary chronicling the history of the Coachella Valley as seen through vintage postcards. He is also the author of "Havana Before Castro: When Cuba Was a Tropical Playground" and "Palm Springs Holiday: A Vintage Tour From Palm Springs to the Salton Sea." Moruzzi's latest book is titled "Classic Dining: Discovering America's Finest Mid-Century Restaurants" with photography by Sven A. Kirsten. Peter Moruzzi resides with his partner in the Silver Lake district of Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.
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One Response to Lord Fletcher’s: Rancho Mirage Classic Dining Discovery

  1. brt374 says:

    I was curious about this place when I passed it on 111 last week. Will definitely have to check it out next time I’m out there…it looks epic.

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