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“It's a tavern, It's fine dining, It's pretty good.”
Review of Marsh Tavern

Marsh Tavern
Ranked #26 of 60 Restaurants in Manchester
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The historic Marsh Tavern was the first building erected on the site of what is today the expansive Equinox resort. One of the first lodging houses in Vermont, its history predates the Revolutionary War. Today it is home to a celebrated restaurant and meeting place. Renowned for its hearty New England fare, patrons can enjoy a delicious lunch and the finest regional dinner cuisine. And for good fun, spend a while in the Tavern Lounge for cocktails, a tasty menu and outdoor seating for wine and spirits. Open daily.
Reviewed November 11, 2011

Just finished a wonderful meal at the Marsh Tavern.

The Marsh is the hotel restaurant for the Equinox Resort and Spa. Mornings the space is a breakfast buffet, afternoons it's a pub with pubfare: shepherd's pie, burgers, salads, sandwiches etc.

But it really shines at night with an interesting and varied menu. The signature bread box arrived with corn bread, whole wheat rye and french loaf. It was paired with vermont butter and jalepeno jelly.

Starters: beet salad and new england clam chowder. The beets, arugola and chevre were well dressed with a vinagrette. As a previously noted the chowder is not thickened - only clams, potato and bacon. Stock is full flavoured and creamed - no hint of flour or starch.

Also ordered the three game sausage plate as a shared appetizer: wild boar, bison and duck. Very tasty with the house sauerkraut and mustard.

Mains were the seared duck breast and atlantic boullabaisse. The latter arrived with saffron butter and fresh bread. The only off note was the duck breast - salty and a bit over done.

Dessert was a very nice apple crumble in a hot skillet. A very nice finish to a pretty good meal.

The service was timely and efficient with appropriate recommendations. Water glasses were filled quickly. The dining room was lively and animated. Lots of young families and large groups. The dining room could use a facelift - some of the tables and chairs could be replaced.

Total: 130.00 - good value.


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Thank Roughwaters
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Reviewed November 8, 2011

While staying at the hotel my wife and I decided to have a light dinner in the tavern. We arrived at 8.15 and waited a few minutes before anyone came to seat us. The "bread box" is well presented, giving a choice of artisan breads. We had the baked Brie which is one of our favorite dishes - this wasn't one of the best since baking it in an earthenware dish with a pastry top made sure the Brie was runny to the point of being very messy to eat. The bread with the Brie was tasty but chewy. To follow we had the apple cobbler with ice cream which was large and yummy! We coupled dinner with a nice bottle of red (at $49 it was one of the mid-range wines on the limited menu). The service was friendly and the atmosphere pleasant.

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Thank NigelMA
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

Restaurant within Equinox Resort - some nice interesting food. Had a plate of 3 different types of game sausages. Tasty and different. Nice atmosphere and excellent service from waitstaff.

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Thank HikerTraveler
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Reviewed October 4, 2011

Located in the historic Equinox resort, The Marsh Tavern has a very cosy atmosphere that is accented by a fireplace. On this visit, our waitress was very friendly and provided prompt and courteous service.

Now for the food. Both my fiancee and I ordered a bowl of New England Clam Chowder to start. The chowder was very watery and disappointing - certainly not what you would expect from a New England restaurant. Add to that the exorbitant price of $11 for a relatively small bowl and we were left with a bit of bad taste in our mouth.

Next, I had the lobster brioche for which, at $23, I had great expectations. Unfortunately, my expectations were far from met. While the lobster was fresh, it was definitely under-seasoned and bland - overall, a big disappointment.

My fiancee had a Caesar Salad and paid an extra $5 for shrimp. While the salad was quite good, only 3 medium size shrimp were included - again, a disappointment.

Overall, the Marsh Tavern has a great atmosphere and good service. However, the food is mediocre and certainly not worth the prices charged.

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Reviewed September 20, 2011

We happened upon this place because it was about the only place open to get dinner on a Sunday night. It ended up being a very fortuitous stop indeed -- the duck was the best I've ever had, my dining partner loved his dish as well, and even the breads served were delicious. I'd go here again, if I had the funds and wanted to treat myself to a nice, elegant dinner.

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Thank Ravenclaw79
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