The surroundings were lovely - the previous owners were antique hunters. I was thrilled to meet my mother's (now mine) rug pattern in three different sizes in the upstairs hall - and Kaiser Wilhelm's piano (sic) in the bar.
Dining room is beautiful – a delicately figured wallpaper, nice linens and a true nosegay – oregano and chive flowers!
The wine list was okay, but the food! We got a package for $210 for room, a three course dinner and full breakfast. We paid an extra $17 each for the chef's surprise - 7 courses.
First, a mouthful of chicken foccacia with rosemary and cranberry - not a usual tastebud tantalizer but a very satisfying one.
Next an oyster with beurre blanc and some local caviar - wonderful!
A tuna carpaccio mixed with avocado, lime and chives – so lovely!
Then applewood smoked salmon on a blini with a horseradish cream – delicious (though just a tad too generous with the horseradish.)
Next was an unusual lobster, apple and foie gras combo – perfect foie gras, very tasty lobster and a slice of granny smith – I would have liked a little more apple and maybe slightly sautéed – but that’s only a suggestion, definitely not a criticism!
The meat course was perfectly cooked lamb with lentils – so yummy.
Some very nice local (Sussex, NB) from cheeses - sheep, goat and cow.
And finally a strawberry shortcake – strawberries and cream and custard on a light biscuit. Very nice.
We drank Fireweed pinot grigio from Oregon – even the lamb, thanks to a hint of mint in the sauce.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff made it most enjoyable.
Best meal I’ve had since Paris last Christmas.
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