This was my first time visiting Corks and I was blown away. I'm glad I live in Boston and can't get here so easily or I would be the "Norm" of Corks. They would know my name.
Often you look at a menu, especially if it's overreaching, and nothing really grabs you. This menu is the opposite: you want to come back to try something you couldn't get to. For instance, I'm looking at the menu now, and did I really miss ginger & soy braised bacon? What was I thinking?
Duck seems to be a specialty here, and we had duck prosciutto and other charcuterie which I could eat all day, duck confit tacos in soft flour tortillas which had amazing flavor and just enough heat. There was even duck confit in the monte cristo sandwich.
The excellent cheeses are categorized on the menu according to animal of origin: Cow, Goat, Sheep, and Blue. The latter is admittedly not an animal, although it certainly deserves to be and I personally support its bold strategy of reclassification. The cheese menu was short, but still hard to pick from because they are all favorites. For instance Humbolt Fog; one of our group ordered that because who can resist.
This is the menu: http://www.bedfordvillageinn.com/medi...
If I had the talent I would replicate this menu for a dinner party and everyone would talk about how awesome I was.
As expected, the wine list is fantastic. We had a 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape and it was like sex in a bottle.
And to top it off, the room is a cozy haven, lined with cork (natch), with a gas fireplace on one side, intimate nooks, and a small circular bar as you walk in. They do have a flatscreen in the corner above the bar which had the Sox game, so you could basically live here and want for nothing.
In short: I recommend it.
Bedford Village Inn
2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, NH 03110