Along the wine route of the romantic Palatinate region of Germany lies a sleepy historical town of Neuleiningen, where one has the feeling that time has stood still. It is a place of picturesque quaint houses, numerous flower boxes, centuries old fortified walls, cobbled streets (recommended for lots of walking) with not a single multi-storied modern construction in sight.It is here that the Hotel Alte Pfarrey (Old Parish) with it's one Michelin star restaurant is found. The restaurant, a large, modern well decorated Conservatory, is an added extension to the unique old Parish house, where the hotel rooms are located. We were a group of 6 going to this part of Germany to taste the wines of the region, and to dine at the " Alte Pfarrey " the one Michelin star restaurant which turned out to be an enjoyable experience in spite of unfriendly weather conditions during our stay there . Appended below are my impressions.
FOOD : For the quality and portions we got, the prices were reasonable and not over-the-top expensive. Everyone who had the Trilogie of Goose liver with apple and brioche agreed it was excellent and so was the young local venison served with a hazelnut crust, savoy cabbage and pepper jus. As I am not a red meat fan, my dish was a crispy fried Pike Perch fish garnished with sautéed young leeks and a frothy Riesling sauce....very yummy!
Desert was a selection of cheeses made from un-pasteurised milk with fruity bread.
Starters : 24-25 Euros,
Entrees 18- 28 Euros ( portion smaller than mains )
Mains Meat / Fish 36 Euros
Desserts 16-18 Euros
For those interested in the Degustation Menu here are your choices :
4 Course Menu w/o wine 76 Euros with wine 108 Euros
5 Course Menu w/o wine 84 Euros with wine 124 Euros
6 Course Menu w/o wine 92 Euros with wine140 Euros
Service from the start to end of our stay there, from restaurant and hotel staff was excellent.
A last word about breakfast at Restaurant Pfarrer ( we stayed 3 nights there )
We looked forward every morning to the well presented, very good breakfast ( included in room price ) as it was a joy breakfasting in the well-lit elegant conservatory.
If your want to give yourself a treat , don't hesitate ...GO FOR IT. It's worth every Euro spent :)
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