We had a good dining experience at Clay Hill Farms. We booked a four course meal through our B&B and glad we did since this place can get quite pricey. Between the valet, tips for the pianist, bartender, waiter and the food itself, it is quite an expensive evening. The ambiance is upscale and romantic, but not pretentious and stuffy. I saw many patrons wearing jeans. The service was a bit slow, but attentive and friendly. We started with drinks and had a strawberry rhubarb martini and a Long Island iced tea. The martini was phenomenal and fresh, but the Long Island was so-so. Later we ordered a blueberry martini and a jack and coke, both of which were very good. For our first course we had crab salad served from their Sunday night smoke and fire menu and whiskey smoked shrimp cocktail. Both were very good, the crab salad having fresh peaches in it which added a crunchy slightly sweet element. Second course was ½ grilled romaine heart and a seasonal salad which featured figs, goat cheese and cashews. The salads where seriously phenomenal! The romaine heart was grilled to perfection and tasted almost like steak! The seasonal salad was also mouth watering. For the third course I had the ahi tuna with parsnip puree drizzled with 20 year old balsamic and truffle oil. Let me tell you it was SO GOOD. My husband had the prime rib with mashed potatoes, green beans and a popover. He felt the prime rib was average and the mashed potatoes (which I tried) were a little bland and dry. It wasn’t awful, but his meal was definitely a letdown after such a good start. Our fourth course was crème brulee spiked with grand marnier and a chocolate brownie ice cream sundae. Both desserts were very good, but the crème brulee didn’t have any grand marnier flavor I could distinguish. The restaurant seems to attract an older crowd and I assume a lot of that has to do with the old time upscale charm of yesteryear as well as the high prices that most youngsters can’t really afford. We sadly did not get to enjoy the grounds as we arrived at dusk, but the view from the window we sat by was nice. I would recommend this place for a special occasion.
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