Kimberton Inn , Chester County, PA
Upscale Dining in a warm and cozy country inn.
Listen up my faithful readers, one of my very favorite bastions of cozy dining is the Kimberton Inn. I don’t know about you, but on festive occasions like New Years Eve, I look for a setting where one can just relax with candlelight, crisp linens, a warm fire, fine wine, creative presentation, great offerings and a experienced wait-staff. Impossible you say, oh contraire!
Located in the little hamlet of Kimberton, PA, sits an inn founded in 1796. Originally a Chester County tavern and a place where wayfarers stayed the night, this Inn has grown into a fine restaurant with a strong patronage, and no wonder.
A massive brick exterior staircase beckons you into the warm vestibule. A well groomed staff takes your coat, and proceeds to seat you in one of many dining rooms. The four fireplaces are always well attended and the scent of burning hardwoods is but perfume in the air of these aged inns.
Our waitress immediately presented herself in a beautiful black dress, was soft spoken, educated and very courteous. Several of us had a glass of fine wine to toast the years, old and new.
On this particular occasion, there was a four course prix fixe dinner selection. The appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts were not from limited choices. Each course has a generous selection from which to choose. Between each course, our flatware was exchanged for newer more appropriate utensils.
Among the many appetizers offered my dinner partners chose thinly sliced salmon, coconut shrimp and lobster bisque. Although there were many salads offered, we all chose the “Probably The Best Salad You Have Ever Had” salad (great but exaggerated).
Of course the entrees followed and the clear winner was the poached lobsters dish served in a yummy butter sauce with seasoned ripe petite tomatoes. Of course the Filet Mignon was superb and well as the delicious Prime Rib (getting more difficult to find these days).
No room for dessert? Well that’s what we all said until we listened to the choices of freshly baked puff pastry, chocolate truffle tart, warmed and just baked pecan pie, and crème brule. Now I ask you, is that fair to tempt our party after three other fantastic courses?!
After dinner drinks anyone? If you love a old tavern bar this will delight you! Cozy, dark woods, aged liquors/wines and casual conversations.
Afterwards we all relaxed and discussed our experience at the Kimberton Inn. All of us agreed that this was a fabulous choice for any occasion. It had just the right blend of elegant décor, fine food and superb service. Zagat 2011 Rated at 25 for food, service and décor.
Thanks for following me my faithful readers and have a great 2012!