I get this place confused with the Sandgates Inn. It is primarily a crab house with VERY little else on the menu. A dozen crabs was $32.00 (Aug 2004) which Bob thought was excessive.
About all they have other than steamed crabs and other seafood like shrimp, oysters, catfish or snow crabs are hamburger/cheeseburger, hot dog/chili dog or a cheese sandwich. All vegetables and sides are a la carte. You must even pay for water as there is no potable water to drink. Of course most folks drink beer or soft drinks
The Drift Inn is only open Friday through Sunday. There are several sections to the dining rooms which are right on the water (there is a pier to which one might come by boat). The tables are all covered with brown paper. All the utensils except sharp knives for de-shelling the crabs are plastic, and all the plates are plastic also.
Favorite Dish: Bob had a mug of vegetable crab soup $4. and I had one of cream of crab $5. I found mine a bit light on the crab. They were out of mannows (soft clams) or we would have had those.
I had a crab cake sandwich for $7.50 (photo 2) which came on a hamburger bun and had no accompanying vegetables, not even potato chips. It had a kind of eggy look and was spicy. Bob had a half pound of steamed shrimp for $8.50 (photo 5 on right) and he said they must have been just steamed as they were quite hot, but he said that he didn't think they were seasoned with Old Bay as he feels is proper. We drank iced tea, and then I had a very nice (but small-a piece of it is pictured in photo 5 collage) blueberry cheesecake for dessert which was $6.00. The total bill was $36.40 and with a tip of $6.00 came to $42.40 for very little food.
Don't come to the Drift Inn unless you want to eat hard crabs and pay a good price for them. There's very little else on the menu. Not that the food isn't good, but paying $42 (including tax and tip) for two glasses of iced tea, two mugs of soup, a crab cake sandwich on a Wonderbread type hamburger bun, a small piece of cheesecake with blueberries and 1/2 lb. of shrimp is right much. Hard crabs were $32/dozen.
There is no potable water to drink. If you ask for water to drink, you will have to buy bottled water (or bring your own).
The Drift Inn is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is a long way from the road (as it is on the Patuxent River), and there are plenty of signs to tell you which way to go, but it is disappointing to drive all that distance on a Thursday and find it is not open.
The community at the mouth of Horse Landing Creek is quite low lying in the water. It there is any tidal surge (like there was with Hurricane Isabel in 2003) much of the area will be flooded. The Drift Inn is right by Horse Landing Creek, and they had significant flood damage after the hurricane. The picture was the photos that were taken at the time which were on display in the entrance.
In 1650 "DelaBrooke" on Patuxent was settled by Robert Brooke, who was a Council member during the time of the Cromwell Party.
When my children got horses, they joined the DelaBrooke Pony Club. This pony club was sponsored by the DelaBrooke Hunt Club (foxhunting) Actually there are two Delabrooke Hunts in Maryland - one in Southern Maryland, and one on the Eastern Shore. "Our" Delabrooke Hunt is "Delabrooke W". The W stands for the Wicomico RIver which is in Charles County.
The Wicomico River watershed drains 247 square miles of Charles, St. Mary's, and southern Prince George's Counties. The watershed extends 36 miles from Cedarville State Forest in the north to the Potomac River in the south; and is 16 miles wide from Morganza in the east to Route 301 in the west. Its major tributaries include the Zekiah Swamp, Gilbert Swamp Run, Clark's Run and Chaptico Creek.
[Confusingly, there is also a Wicocmico River in Wicomico County on the Eastern Shore. The name name comes from Native American words meaning "place where houses are built".]
This is a transcript of a will regarding Delabrooke Manor:
Brooke, Baker, Delabrooke Manor, Colvert Co., 19th Mch., 1678; 26th Mch., 1679-80. To wife Anne, execx., part of “Delabrooke Manor” (for description see will), also “Freehold” and “Longfield” during life. To son Charles and hrs., part of sd. “Manor,” running close to dwelling-house of dec'd brother, Col. Thomas Brooke (for further description see will). To son Leonard and hrs., part of sd. Manor;” also “Haphazard.” To dau. Mary, 1/2 of “Brooke's Partition” on n. side Patuxent R., taken up jointly by testator and dec'd brother, Thomas. To Mary dau. of sd. dec'd Thomas, and hrs., residue of “Brooke's Partition.” To son Baker and hrs., residue of all real estate. To wife Anne and 4 child. afsd., personalty equally. Child. to be of age at 17 yrs. Test: Henry Carew, Geritt Van Sweringen. 10. 1.
After the rain, the sun came out and everything looked wonderful. I walked out to the riverside of the Drift Inn, and took some pictures of the calmly flowing river.
Equipment: This pier says "No Fishing" but if you had a boat, you could certainly fish from it. The dock is also available for visiting boaters to tie up to - I do not know the depth of the water here, as we have not come by water.
Favorite thing: Horse Landing Creek is a tiny creek which forms part of the boundary between District 5 (Mechanicsville) and District 6 (Patuxent). It comes into the Patuxent River right beside the Drift Inn, so if you are seated on that side of the restaurant, you can look out of the creek as you eat. It is too shallow for any boats