Visiting from Brooklyn-Manchester CT, ate at Cavey's-French. The food was old-school but fairly good-foie gras, lobster in a cream sauce, duck, Alaskan Salmon (cooked just right)...but the reason to go here is the remarkable wine list-it is very deep, with vintages not often seen fairly priced. Settled on a 1995 Chassagne-Montrachet les Ruchottes from Ramonet-selling for $136.00 (Montrachet, the restaurant here in NY has it for $245.00). Very proper, pleasant service. Topped it off with a rich souffle.
In Chester ate at Restaurant du Village-a small, charming place. A perfectly balanced garlic soup, house-cured trout with horseradish sauce (I scooped the balance onto the bread!), cassoulet-with house-made sausage, and quail...nice, reasonable wine list (we had a Chateau Garraud Pomerol 1999 for $32.00).
Looked at the menu down the street at the River Tavern-it looks interesting, but a bit pricey. Reviews?
Old Lyme-ate at the Bee & Thistle--decent fare-a spicy crabcake, loin of pork, salmon. They no longer include a salad with the meal. The wine list was way overpriced, heavy on the Parker-approved types. Settled for an overpriced Cote-du-Rhone.
A breakfast note (we stayed overnight)-the breakfast is now included in the price, and they now limit the selection-a pastry, fruit, and choice of two "mains"-not bad, but I miss the old, full menu.
E Haddam-stopped at the bakery connected to La Vita Gustosa (near the Goodspeed)-very nice chocolate cake, cookies. They also had some breads that looked good. I'd be interested to hear from someone who has eaten a full meal here.