The Charles Inn is a white heritage house with verandas, shutters and porches to draw you in. It sits on the edge of the oldest golf course in North America. Not sure about this honestly, but the place is lovely! You will find this restaurant on the edge of the business district - an easy walk from just about anywhere but there is also free parking in the back. It had kept all the old world charm and history rather than getting a fully modern facelift.
The Charles is true to the period. The restaurant main dining room sits in what was once the living and dining rooms of a large and gracious home. I love the main room's warm and historic feel, the lofty ceilings, old fireplaces, and the chandeliers. There is a separate bar area and a very charming eating veranda that overlooks the main street. I enjoy both the veranda and the main dining room and have had meals in each. There is a patio in summer.
Lunch on the veranda is sunny and a flashback to British colonial homes in the islands. Linens were fresh white and the meals were local and liesurely. I especially loved the pate I had here. Also recommend the cheese plate. The artic char was delish and served with local mushrooms and seasonal veg. (Ate there in October 09) Today (Nov 09) we had lunch in the main dining room. While the lentil soup was a bit bland and underwhelming, I loved the rendition chicken pot pie - a supreme of chicken served on winter veg and with a light-as-air topper. This is my fave version of this meal ever. Desert was vanilla bean ice cream and rich, rich brownie which I needed help to finish. My guest's desert was apple cheesecake which was perfectly creamy.
I hear that (like Harbour House which I LOVE and is owned by the same group) Charles Inn serves an included breakfast with your stay. It's a gracious addition. Must consider staying here!
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