The Vermont Inn was recently sold and now has new owners.We were trying to make dinner reservations and kept getting an answering machine saying to leave a message. Odd for a restaurant. No "the restaurant is open, here are our hours, days open"
Someone did call me right back and assured me the dining room was open. When they are busy elsewhere at the Inn they leave the machine on... We were seated immediately. The restaurant was very not very busy. Our server was young and enthusiastic, but not super knowledgeable about food. We ordered a Caesar Salad and the mussels du' jour to split, (which that day was with wine and chorizo). The salad was very basic, with packaged croutons. The mussels however were fantastic! Good portion, great wine sauce and a hint of heat and spice from the chorizo. Served with baguette/crostini points to dip in the sauce. I ordered the lamb chops which were perfectly cooked (medium as ordered) but the winning combinations was the varied and plentiful accoutrements on the plate. There were a sauteed apple compote, a potaoe gratin, hot and cheesy AND crusty, sauteed spinach with garlic, braised red cabbage, and green beans. All were different, delightful and delicious! They had a varied and fairly priced wine list, but the white wine came in one of those cheap, small typical white wine glasses. I say they should upgrade the glasses if for nothing else but presentation. We did not have dessert but they had a nice selection.
The chef seems well versed and talented but the bright young staff could use some polishing.