We heard about the restaurant at the Old Inn on the Green almost since the day we arrived. Some of our guests make yearly pilgrimages to dine there. Others can’t wait a whole year so they come more often. It took us nine very busy months and a 25th wedding anniversary to finally make it there and I will tell you it certainly lived up to the hype.
We started in the bar where we always do. The Old Inn has a cozy little pub with some excellent wines and bourbons. We met another couple who live in town and an older gentleman who dines there several nights a week. When he heard it was our silver anniversary he bought our first round. A silver pumpkin on the bar was an auspicious sign.
A fireside table in a candlelit dining room in an old New England inn. What could be more romantic than that? We dined off the prix fixe menu – 3 courses for $40/each, starting with an amuse bouche. A fig served on a bed of soft chevre to wake up the taste buds. A small taste of things to come.
We both chose the potato onion soup for the appetizer because the folks at the bar had been raving about and it smelled so good. I make this soup often so it’s always a test of a chef’s skill when you order a family favorite. The drops of parsley oil did something amazing to the dish and my soup never tasted so good.
We also both ordered the shoulder steak served with winter vegetables for our entree. There would be no sharing tonight. It was cooked perfectly rare, and the French fries were thin and crisp and perfectly seasoned. The pace of the evening was relaxed and slow, no sense of frenzy or being rushed. We were here to enjoy the ambience, the warm fire, and the shadows cast on the wall from the candles providing the only light in the room other than the warm fire taking the chill off a snowy winter night.
Dessert arrived and the attention to detail was obvious. We received a small glass of dessert liquor along with an apple tart, but it was the little note on a piece of white chocolate that was the icing on our night and the apple crisp it sat atop.
If you are looking for a perfect romantic evening what could be better than spending the night at The Manor House, Connecticut’s Most Romantic Inn, and dining at The Old Inn on the Green. Give us a call today at (860) 542-5690 to a book a room and we can also book your dinner reservation.