Still River Cafe -- Eastford, CT
Anyone been to Still River Cafe in Eastford, CT? I've heard some good things.
I have eaten here twice and just loved it. It is a real gem of a restaurant. A beautiful space -- an old barn that has been redone with views of the gardens. The food is first rate. Lots of little "extras" with your meal. So worth a trip (but I think they are closing for the winter soon).
I've had one meal there. Food was quite good (not flawless - - dessert a little dry, tiny amount of cheese in salad, napkin over warm bread softened otherwise good crust), but overall, a very good meal (wonderfully fresh ingredients, short ribs especially delicious). Prices are rather high for the area, however (our foursome was $70 p.p., with perhaps one glass of wine each), and I was surprised that they did not take more advantage of the setting by putting in additional windows. A welcome addition to an otherwise restaurant-challenged area, but I'm afraid their prices may pose a problem for them.
They're currently closed for the season, set to reopen on February 14. This from their website:
"We are also delighted to announce that we will be able to reopen with a fresh round of locally grown produce much earlier than we had originally anticipated—mid-February rather than early April—thanks to the generosity of the folks at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret who have offered us the use of their greenhouses this winter."
I didn't get to try it this fall as I had hoped, so definitely this spring. If those of you that want to try it aren't from the immediate area, keep in mind it's an excellent daytrip, if you include two nearby wineries (Sharpe Hill and Taylor Brooke) and a bit of shopping. You could have brunch at The Vanilla Bean, hit a few shops (Martha's Herbery across the street from the Vanilla Bean, and the newish art gallery right down the road - Celebrations, in a big pink Victorian), then tastings at the winery, ending up w/dinner at Still River. Well,l that's my planned day this spring anyway.
We've made two fantastic trips to this comfortably elegant restaurant. Great ambience, simple decor, excellent (but not stuffy) and friendly service. Inventive meals made with incredibly fresh ingredients. Excellent wine list. Overall, this restaurant is pricey, but well worth it. Our one "complaint": my wife is a vegetarian, and on our second trip she ended up with a variation of what she ate the first time. That was a little disappointing, especially considering the creativity of the non-vegetarian options.
I have been there once, with a group of 8. I think i was in the minority in feeling it wasn't all that terrific. We had a great time, it is a really nice place, but my feeling was that the food was not all that special, and prices are quite high. Service was adequate but not more than that. I guess I am a bit disillusioned about 'special' restaurants these days and felt like i could eat twice at a place i really like for what we spent there, which was about $80 pp. Sorry to rain on the parade. As I said, others in my group were more entheusiastic about it.