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Kimball Farm - Jaffrey NH

greatriverles Jul 22, 2005 10:21 AM

Have heard about Kimball Farm in Jaffery, NH and would love a Chowhounds opinion.

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    HD Jul 25, 2005 11:26 AM

    I had the lobster roll last summer and was not impressed. The lobster meat was tasteless and it was loaded with mayo.

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    1. re: HD
      Bob Dobalina Jul 26, 2005 11:11 AM

      I have to completely disagree with the previous poster. I've had their lobster roll and it is the best one I've ever had, bar none.

      The version I have had many times over several years at Kimball Farm was stuffed with huge whole pieces of lobster with almost no filler - I swear, every roll is so filled to overflowing that you really have to eat the top half with a fork in order to make it more manageable. And pretty much every time has included an entire claw or two. Plus served with good waffle fries and a wedge of watermelon - it is really unbelieveable...

      I wonder if the previous poster is confusing the Jaffrey NH Kimball Farm with the Kimball Farm in Massachusetts. I think they are affiliated, but the NH version is a full-service place open for lunch and dinner, with ice cream, while I believe the MA one is only open for lunch?

      Someone back me up here...anyone been to either yet this year?

      1. re: Bob Dobalina
        greatriverles Jul 26, 2005 03:56 PM

        We were at the one in NH this weekend and I agree that the lobster roll was pure lobster, no filler and only a hint of mayo.
        Also had a "small" cup of ice cream. Now I know better, share lunch with my husband and then get ice cream. We both were filled to the brim by the time we finished the ice cream.

        1. re: greatriverles
          Keithel Jul 24, 2007 11:40 PM

          Either that or order their unadvertised "Kiddie" size. It's about err $0.50-$0.75 cheaper than their small (I think $2.50 or $2.75).

          Still a fair amount of ice cream, but smaller than their small :)

          1. re: greatriverles
            Msample Jul 25, 2007 02:24 PM

            That lobster roll is not filler, that's for sure . I think it's one of the better deals on the menu . I have had it several times and it has been excellent.

        2. re: HD
          eventamy Aug 16, 2008 07:29 AM

          Actually, I'm one to agree. It was fairly tasteless. Granted this was last summer, but I'm not in a hurry to give it another shot.

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          observor Jul 24, 2007 12:04 PM

          I ate there this weekend and thought the food was pretty good (clam strips, chicken fingers, fries) but didn't find the ice cream very good. Just because you give a huge cup, doesn't mean it is tasty.

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          1. re: observor
            Keithel Jul 24, 2007 11:41 PM

            Not sure what you're talking about -- I've always had great ice cream at Kimball's -- though never at the Jaffrey location -- but both of their other locations (Westford, MA and Carlisle, MA).

            Their Carlisle location is evil -- they are situated right at a bend in Rt 225 - and have their sign situated such that it is smack dab in the middle of your view when heading down either direction of Rt 225... It's just taunting you to come buy an ice cream.

            1. re: Keithel
              hargau Jul 25, 2007 04:13 AM

              I agree, always very tasty ice cream at Westford location. Interesting that you enjoyed the frozen from a bag stuff (clam strips, fries, chicken fingers) yet didnt enjoy the homemade ice cream.

            2. re: observor
              tunapet Jul 25, 2007 08:18 AM

              Wow...I think the icecream is awesome. Really some of the best I have ever tasted. What do you think is better?

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                observor Aug 4, 2008 03:53 PM

                White Farms in Ipswich MA to me is excellent. I think the best ice cream is creamy with good body, but not overwhelmingly heavy, with flavors that are present, with no trace of artificiality. If I remember correctly, Kimball definitely smacked of weak flavors that were not wholly pure, and I don't remember the body being that strong or the creaminess that pronounced.

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                  BJennif Aug 4, 2008 05:52 PM

                  Loyal Kimball's fanatic here just casting my vote. I've been to White Farm too. It's good, but not as good as Kimball's imho. A new favorite since I am in RI and it's not easy to get to Kimball's is Somerset Creamery on Route 6 in Somerset (obviously). I think also that for me anyway, there are different flavors I like at each place. For instance, I always get red raspberry chocolate chip at Kimball's, but would never dream of ordering that anywhere else. I get Blueberry Pie at Somerset and the same applies - would never order it elsewhere. Maybe all flavors are not created equal? I remember being very impressed with the amount of nuts/chips in the ice cream at White Farm, but not impressed at all in the overall flavor. In fact, the last time I was there (last summer) I threw out my first choice and bought a second only to leave with order regret anyway. :(

                  1. re: BJennif
                    observor Aug 5, 2008 03:51 PM

                    We agree to disagree.

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                      oceans Aug 15, 2008 07:57 PM

                      I so have to support Kimball's Ice Cream, the best I have ever had. I now live in New Jersey and look forward to trips to or past the Westford area so I can stop for my Kimball's fix.

            3. othervoice Aug 15, 2008 09:25 PM

              Having tried many, many from coast to coast. I will stand by Kimball's. Undoubtedly the best ice cream I've ever had. My favorite is Almond Joy. Try it with pistachio, and hot fudge with whipped cream and nuts. The best Sunday, any day of the week.

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              1. re: othervoice
                observor Aug 18, 2008 07:24 AM

                I'm curious to know how you think you might get good quality at such large portions. That must be some generous business...

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                ChefGrant Aug 18, 2008 07:04 PM

                I grew up on Bates Farm Ice Cream, we could ride our bike there, but when we drove we always went to Westford for Kimble Farms. You can also get Kimble Farm Ice Cream @ Aquabogan in Saco Maine..... My Favorite all time is triple scoop Black Raz, Peppermint stick & Pistachio Nut in a waffle cone!!!

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