The innkeep smiles, and brings everyone a round of some rather fine hard apple cider. "From our trees in the back," he says proudly. The cider has a nice tart bite and a good finish. For the group, he brings some large platters to share, and you all get some roast mutton, potatoes, sheep cheese, apples, sausage of some unknown animal, and a mixture of fish. The food is all quite excellent.
As you eat, Sterling sizes up the place. Though the roof needs a little work and there is some superficial plaster repair on the outside, he suspects that the innkeep is just getting too old to keep up some of the more demanding repairs. The inside is quite clean and cozy, and it looks like it is well cared for.
Sterling asks the innkeep about the business and the area. He seems a little offended at the area being considered 'run down', but answers anyway. "Traffic around here isn't like it is down at the wharf. That's all right, not nearly as rough with fewer sailors. I wouldn't say anything here is run down at all, sir," he looks at Sterling. "Sure, things may not be polished, but this place is in sound shape and folk 'round here take good care of their things." He waves a hand at Sterling's clothes. "We may not have fancy clothes and armor like traveling folk, but we do quite all right for ourselves. During festivals and traffic to and from the castle, we do quite well."
"I do have rooms available, if you think that the accommodations are not beneath your tastes," he adds wryly, looking at Sterling to gauge his reaction.
Kor, meanwhile, asks about the fishmen. "No problem with that around here," the innkeep answers. "We're too far up the hill. I've run this place for 30 years and never had any of them up this far."
The patrons seem mostly like locals, sticking to their own cliques for conversation, and keep an eye on your party.
"Well, this place seems like a nice one to retire to," says Devia once the innkeep leaves the table. "My vote would be to live in a city with fish people and bar fights, but this is your place," she says to Arienne and Sterling.
Arienne smiles. "I really like this place. Out of the way, yet on the road, the orchard is nice... we should still see the other location, but I do like it here. Lots we can do if we wanted."
Let's go do whatever was the last thing that Morlan thought was a bad idea.