Southern Charmed

the finest in traditional southern dining


Our story

Built originally before the Civil War and completely remodeled in 1936 by the Cal Milam family, the Merrick Inn served as the Manor House for one of Lexington’s finest horse farms.  It was here, at Merrick Place, that Cal Milam and his groom, Mr. Johnson, trained the fabled "Exterminator," Kentucky Derby winner of 1918. Here also, Tut Tut, who won every race he entered as a two-year-old in 1920; and Komuraski, Commodore, Brown Wisdom, Miss Joy, Milkmaid, McKee, (winner of the National Stallion Stakes), and Dust Flower, who defeated Cartoonist and Messenger in the 1922 Flashstakes, started on their paths to fame and fortune. None of these thoroughbreds, however, gained such widespread fame as Merrick himself.          

Merrick finished in the money 157 times, winning 62 races. Merrick became a member of the Milam family, not only because of his success at the races, but also because he was "worthy in deeds  and noble  in  character"  - a  tribute to him etched by the Milams on his gravestone located in the shady circle just in front of the Inn. Merrick died in 1941 at the age of 38, the oldest of all thoroughbreds.  Merrick was truly a very special horse and his namesake a very special farm.          

We have been offering our guests the finest in traditional southern cuisine and personal service by our amazing staff for more than 43 years.  Times have changed, but we believe the beauty and charm of our Inn have been enhanced by the years of offering many good people the best of Kentucky traditions.  Thank you for dining with us.

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Hours of Operation

We are operating by reservation only at this time. Please call for reservations.

  • Sunday BRUNCH: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Monday DINNER: 4:30 pm - 9 pm
    COCKTAILS: 4 pm - 11 pm
  • Tuesday DINNER: 4:30 pm - 9 pm
    COCKTAILS: 4 pm - 11 pm
  • Wednesday DINNER: 4:30 pm - 9 pm
    COCKTAILS: 4 pm - 11 pm
  • Thursday DINNER: 4:30 pm - 9 pm
    COCKTAILS: 4 pm - 11 pm
  • Friday BRUNCH: 10 am - 3 pm
    DINNER: 4:30 pm - 10 pm
    COCKTAILS: 4 pm - 11 pm
  • Saturday BRUNCH: 10 am - 3 pm
    DINNER: 4:30 pm - 10 pm
    COCKTAILS: 4 pm - 11 pm

Note – Reservations are available here on our website, thru Open Table or by calling.

Wines Around the World

Join us for an exquisite journey of flavors as we present the "Wines Around the World" event in our newly renovated and elevated bar at The Merrick Inn. This exclusive event will feature rare and hard-to-find wines from France, Spain, Italy, and the USA, paired with delectable appetizers.

Immerse yourself in the world of fine wines on Thursday, September 28th, from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This event serves as an unofficial grand opening, welcoming guests into our fully revamped space. Tickets are priced at $100 each and include 3 oz samples of each wine, along with gourmet appetizers. Wines will also be available for purchase at the event.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call us or click here.


Wines Around the World




Weekly Specials

The Merrick Inn has been synonymous with genteel, Southern dining for more than 40 years. Join us to create lasting memories with your friends
and family. 


Live music every Monday during Patio Season.


Our Famous Fried Chicken Night. Two pieces
of chicken, mashed potatoes and pan gravy
with your choice of two sides. 



Friday, Saturday & Sunday please join us for a fine
dining experience featuring classic brunch favorites
in our beautifully renovated dining room.

Our Staff