The Gill Tavern
After much hemming and hawing, my wife and I finally hit the Gill Tavern with another couple this past weekend. They're open for dinner Weds - Sun, and have a brunch on Sunday as well. We hit the Mother's Day Brunch -- regular menu + a few specials, and it was great.
The building seems to have housed the old Gill General Store. It's broken into two sunny rooms and a small front porch, with a bar and open kitchen in the front room. We were a little early, so we had Mimosas (and an excellent Bloody Mary) on the porch, then went in and ordered a bunch of specials. My wife had the pan-seared salmon with roast asparagus and (gluten free) potato latke and Bernaise sauce. According to her, the salmon was perfectly prepared. I know it was very nicely plated. As was my own rare grilled lamb steak served over polenta with roast asparagus and a rosemary sauce. Our companions had the brulee french toast with dulce de leche, and the special meat omelet, both of which were beautifully plated and devoured with gusto. Could not pass up the dessert course -- strawberry rhubard crumble served with vanilla ice cream. It sounded semi-healthy, but was quite decadent.
The tab for four with drinks, a couple of extra sides and two desserts ran $95 before tax, which seemed very reasonable for the quality of the food. The piece of lamb I had was one of the best I've ever been served, and it was really cooked beautifully. We kept on talking about sharing bites, but we were all too content with what we had to be willing to give any away. Ha. We did have some sides of pickled beets which were handled communally and they were fantastic.
The place is a bit off the beaten path, but we all agreed the menu deserves some serious exploration at a later date. They are also very good about making gluten-free options available, and pay attention to the difference between those with celiac and those who are just gluten intolerant, which was very thoughtful.
They seem to do a special event, sometimes with guest cooks, every month or two. And I think any serious eater around here would get a kick out of the place. The site is <<www.thegilltavern.com>> and it's just a couple of miles off of Rt. 2, straight across from the bridge out of Turner's Falls.
One of our favorite places. This was the old general store.Reservations definitely recommended for Friday or Saturday night dinners. Good food, much of it locally sourced, and excellent service. I've never been a fan of the back room; it has always felt "cold" and uninviting, but the front room feels like you're eating in the Franklin County equivalent of a small Parisian bistro.