After years of traveling to Brimfield for the antique shows, we decided it was time to try this Historic Inn, and made our reservations for Friday evening.
It is true, that the facade and cozy interior are wonderful, the place has special ambiance, wide plank wood flooring, antique pewter, the very essence of New England at it's finest.
However, the food was terrible. I ordered grilled swordfish with risotto and spinach, my companion ordered the salmon with a vinegar reduction and winter vegetables. My swordfish was dry, and tasted like burnt charcoal. I've had grilled swordfish many times, but the burned taste permeated the fish and it was just about inedible. Plus, the risotto was mushy, and had a weird, almost rancid flavor!
The salmon was o.k. but someone needs to let the chef know that the vinegar reduction is not complimentary to the delicate flavor of salmon. Further, the fish was served with a helping of overcooked squash, and the cubed root squash served alongside (kind of strange) was not cooked, and tasteless.
The bread basket served had store bought snowflake rolls, dry corn bread, although the sticky buns weren't so bad. It's really the only thing we ate!
We paid our bill quickly, the waiter looked uncomfortable when he removed our untouched plates. But, lesson learned: don't judge a restaurant's fare by the past reputation, even if the place itself is charming.
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