As the Publisher of a well-respected epicurean magazine, who spends way too much time at good restaurants, I was excited to sample the food and ambiance of the Bedford Post Inn. We were a party of six that arrived for the 8:30 seating. A very aggressive waiter who nearly insisted that the table start with a glass of Champaign set the tone of the evening immediately. After the third “No, thank you,” and an inkling that he had failed at his first up sell, we were allowed to order our cocktails. While the service was aggressive at first, it was very slow for the remainder of our dining experience.
Now, for the food. We found some interesting starters on the menu, but our selection was very limited by the number of plates that the restaurant had run out of prior to our seating. We eyed the seafood plate at the table next to us and decided to add that to our starters. When the plate arrived, we immediately noticed the most alluring part of the dish- the two-dozen shrimp were missing!! Once the waiter was tracked down, we were told that the restaurant had also run out of shrimp? Did they think we wouldn’t notice? Or not care? Feeling a bit duped, we sent the dish back and finally moved on to our main course.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Bedford Post Inn was the open wood-fire roasting, which ironically turned out to be its biggest downfall! I ordered pork, cooked over an open flame. My first bite was every diner’s nightmare, it was sushi raw, and I nearly gagged. The table was so turned off by the site of the raw pork that those who ordered the chicken became suspect and were reluctant to eat it, as it appeared undercooked as well. The Manager, Peter, apologized for the pork, seafood and the overall horrible experience, saying “everything that could go wrong with this table did,” to which I responded “unfortunately it was my table.”
The restaurant took the pork off the bill, and offered us an after dinner drink and some desserts. We passed on the drinks, tasted the desserts, which were the best part of the meal, and ran out of there with a $600 bill. What a great night!
La Cucina Italiana Magazine
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Bedford Post, set in the heart of Westchester, at 954 Old Post Road in Bedford, NY. Bedford Post is home to an eight-room luxury inn, a yoga studio, and two distinct restaurants: The Barn, for casual dining, and The Farmhouse, our more formal dining room. Reservations are gladly taken up to one month in advance at the Farmhouse, and two months in advance at the Barn. Join us for daily classes, workshops and events at The Yoga Loft. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bedford Post Hotel Bedford