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Old Inn On The Green
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Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Who'd have thought you could make the classic New England Thanksgiving menu into a culinary adventure? The Old Inn did it this week. The elements were familiar but the treatment was superb, bringing out all the great fall flavors with finesse rather than the usual holiday abbondanza. There was plenty to eat in five courses, though, and plenty ot time to eat it, as well as room for the delicious desserts when they came around. A memorable meal in a genuine country inn, beautifully restored but neither grand nor pretentious. As Michelin says of its three-star attractions, The Old Inn on the Green is worth the trip.

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Reviewed November 18, 2013

We were fortunate to be at the Inn for a Chefs Tasting which included wine with each course. Not having knowledge that the tasting was being held that night, provided us with a wonderful opportunity to experience the chefs preparation of mostly local source foods. He passed with flying colors. The wait staff, in particular James, the wine steward, Were friendly and attentive to our dining needs.

If you are traveling to the Berkshires and desire an excellently prepared dinner, you cant go wrong eating here.

Thank Will_McGuire
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

The bottom line is that what appears on your plate is superb. This is fine food worth a long drive, and 35 miles along winding country roads (from the east) fits into that category. The village, the setting and our hosts were charming. Sitting before a working fireplace in a candlelit room with white tablecloths, pastoral murals, with ancient and creaky floorboards sets the stage for a memorable meal.

I will get to the fine food in a few paragraphs. First the distractions. Our waiter was engaging and kind. Even as the restaurant became busier and busier, he made several passes to make sure all was well at our table. In a gentle and respectful way, he congratulated us our anniversary. Two very nice, but distracted assistant waiter/waitress types fluffed their duties on several minor but cumulative clinkers. One presented an amuse-bouche for the second time. Both offered to grate fresh pepper over our appetizer and main course five or ten minutes after we had started eating. After asking whether we wanted a second bottle of sparkling water, the same junior waiter stopped back fifteen minutes later and proceeded to pour still water into my wife's sparkling glass. All the above were minor mistakes, but not worthy of a high end restaurant-even in the country.

My main concern was with the wine list. In some ways, it was quite extensive. But, to be charitable, it was eccentric. The American section was substantial, as one might expect in a country inn. The French portion was heavily weighted towards Burgundies, which I love, but they were, in my opinion overpriced. Ranging from a little over $100 to $1500. I was thinking I would rather invest in airline tickets to drink them locally. There were two or three Cote de Rhones and six or eight Bordeauxs, the latter surprisingly at a more reasonable price point. They were out of the one Saint Emilion that I settled upon. Roughly six to eight Italian wines and two or three Spanish were a cursory bow to those serious wine countries. Their fine food deserves a fair price range of quality wines without implying that you need to spend several hundred dollars for a good bottle. I buy all these wines for my home cooler, so I have some idea of the markup and the range. At the $60 price point, the wine service consists of someone pouring the wine into a slightly larger glass and then disappearing for the night. I will spend more at a European restaurant with a real sommelier and a carefully tended cellar. Please add a few wines from the Loire, Provence and more from Piemonte and a few more modest wines from Burgundy for those of us not on an expense account. Enough of the wine rant.

We had sweetbreads and New York State foie gras for our first courses, and I would be happy to share them with French and Italian friends. The duck breast and rack of lamb were both perfectly cooked and of the highest quality. Root vegetables were a perfect accompaniment, both visually and taste wise wisely paired. With a good glass of Bordeaux remaining, my wife and I chose three of the five artisanal cheeses. Each was splendid, and married well with the delicious french bread in our table basket. There were several desserts that were quite tempting, and in earlier days we might have had both.

Because of the fickle weather at this time of year in New England, we opted for a very early dinner hour. As the dining room filled up, the wait staff was understandably under further strain.
We are Americans; we don't need a lot of coddling. Still, at this price point, and this level of cooking, the service staff need to up their game. That having been said, we look forward to returning, perhaps on a quieter night.

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Thank ulysses4
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

My husband & I celebrated our anniversary with a trip to the Berkshires and we are so glad that we chose this lovely, historic restaurant for dinner! We are from NYC and are both total foodies (he is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and we have been James Beard members, etc.), so we have eaten in a lot of great restaurants in many parts of the world. This meal was right up there with the best. We chose the tasting menu and there was not one miss in the nine selections (including 2 amuse bouche items and a palate cleanser of fresh coconut sorbet with raspberries), which is quite unusual. There were so many appealing choices, and everything was beautifully prepared and served by a very attentive and well-trained server who assured us as we went along that "It only gets better!" and was right. We chose different items for most of the selections, so we really had a good representation of the whole tasting menu. This place even made beets (which I normally don't find too exciting) out of this world with a "Roasted Red Beet Tarte Tatin" - delicious! Being in a historic old inn light almost exclusively by candlelight made the experience all the more special. I would drive all the way back to the Berkshires just to eat here again.

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Thank JC8488
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Just when you think that you had sampled every variation of " country inn" ..you know every buffet breakfast, piles of waffles with whipped cream, family weekend specials, a television lounge with a fooze ball table and the like. or worse yet, the "quaint inn" with rows of Mercedes in the parking lot, thousand dollar bottles of wine on the lunch menu and hedge funders with trophy wives in every corner of the room...just at the second when you thought you will never find the perfect country inn.....you stumble across this place. It is perfect.
Imagine you are in the 19 th century. You travel for hours on a deserted country road. You are in a Character in a Thomas Hardy novel perhaps. In the distance you see the warming lights of a beautiful old building, you enter to the smell of a roaring fire, wide plank floor boards held down with hand hewn nails, a gleaming copper sink in the entrance bar, candle light everywhere. No reception desk, no sign in book..just an old inn on a country road. Perfection in every single way.
We have a weekend house in the area and were told of this place by many of our friends. You really have to experience it to believe that someone could get every tiny detail and nuance so right.
We went to dinner and it was perfect from beginning to end. Food extraordinary, equal to a two to three star NYT review in New York. We were just flabbergasted. An absolute must for anyone seeking that " just right" country dinner experience. We can't say enough about this place.

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